Inaugural Ceylon Tea Festival to celebrate the cuppa in style

In view of celebrating 150 years of a cuppa, a series of events were held in Sri Lanka during the past couple of months. Adding to this excitement is the Ceylon Tea Festival designed and conceptualized by the Dentsu Grant Group which will pull off from August 11-13. What makes it special is that guests will be able to celebrate Ceylon tea in various possible ways.
Hence the three-day festival will provide a range of free and ticketed events, tea appreciation Master classes, tea Banquets with world class Michelin star chefs, pop-up tea galleries, food markets, tea tastings, tea and wellness, high teas, tea brunches and tea with music. This will also be Sri Lanka’s first luxury food, drink and leisure event that will champion Ceylon Tea.  
At the centre of the celebration will be a specialist tea tasting master class and two exclusive dinner events that will feature a tea-inspired culinary journey presented by highly celebrated chefs. As such, Two Michelin Star Chef Tom Aikens will be cooking his meal at the Mount Lavinia Hotel on Saturday, while three Michelin Star Chef Jason Atherton will present a Ceylon Tea curated menu at the Cinnamon Grand on Sunday. 
Chef Tom Aiken
Chef Jason Atherton
The details for the master classes as follows : 
Chef Tom will be cooking his meal on August 12 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, along with his sous Chef, will be cooking every single course. 
· A cocktail and wine reception with canapés 
· 5 courses plus all wines 
· A Q&A session with the Chef, understanding how he approached his menu and what teas he utilized to bring it to life
· Cocktails after the meal 
Chef Jason will be cooking his meal on August 13 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel Atrium along with his two Sous Chefs, will be cooking every single course. 
· A cocktail and wine reception 
· 5 courses plus wine 
· A tea pairing menu with every course 
· A Q&A session with the Chef, understanding how he approached his menu and what teas he utilized to bring it to life
Here’s a sneak peak in to the rest of the events lined up to celebrate Ceylon Tea in style :
Madhatters Tea Party at The Asylum Courtyard 
Parties more your thing? Then head down to the Independence Arcade on the 11th of August 2017 and get ready to dance the night away at the ‘Alice in Wonderland’s ‘Madhatter Tea Party’! Hats are essential but a birthday hat will do too! Expect flamingos, giant playing cards, drinks and more drinks as well as brilliant music. 
What’s included: 
· Sets from Bond Street 
· Set from DJ Muku 
· Set from Rev 
· Hats! Hats! Hats!
· Street food by Asylum 
· Gin bar, champagne bar and Malt bar
· Crazy décor 
Ceylon Tea Master classes with Brunch and High Tea
Want to become a tea connoisseur? Want to drop some serious tea knowledge? Then join the Ceylon Tea Appreciation Society at the Asylum restaurant at the Independence Arcade. Each session is run as a two hour session, which will be conducted by Master Tea Sommelier, Niraj De Mel which will teach you everything you need to know about this wonderful Lankan export. 
The brunch class will begin at 11am while the High Tea class will begin at 2pm at the Asylum Restaurant. The brunch and high tea concludes by 1pm and 4pm respectively.
· A brunch and high tea with a complimentary sparkling wine cocktail and a selection of paired teas
Ceylon Tea Festival presents Tea Street
 Look out for the most amazing food, drink and entertainment throughout Saturday and Sunday at the Asylum Courtyard in the Independence Arcade. There will be a bevy of free entertainment, from talks with Planters, live music and theatre from Mind Adventures throughout the course of the days. 
There's something for everybody, so please head down to the Ceylon Tea Festival Tea Street!
· Saturday 12th August 2017 from 11am - 11pm 
· Sunday 13th August 2017 from 11am - 6pm 
· Ceylon Tea Live music 
· Ceylon Tea Talks 
· Ceylon Tea theatre with Mind Adventures
· Stalls from Sugar 41, The Sandwich Factory, Cafe Kumbuk and Asylum 


Kamanthi Wickramasinghe

A psychology graduate who eventually became a journalist to be a voice for unheard voices. A proud Sri Lankan - Thalassophile - Travel fan - Nature lover - Chocoholic - Extraordinarily loud - Frequent laughaholic. Follow me on Instagram - @kamzylifeTM or FB – Kamanthi Wickramasinghe

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