What will this event offer to food, beverage and tea industry professionals?
Ideally situated in the middle of the country, equidistant from both coasts and close to our tea drinking friends in Canada, Chicago is a short or medium flight from just about anywhere in the United States. Already a huge tourist hub, infrastructure city-wide is used to international visitors and welcomes any and all cultures. With trains, cabs, and many other transportation options available, it is easy to get around and the venue is in an exciting district with lots of attractions and restaurants within walking distance for when you are not spending time at the festival.
We are very excited to offer amazing speakers and teachers from across the world tea industry. With topics such as implementing exciting changes in your business to draw in new customers, discussions of tea menu strategy for restaurants, sourcing strategies, professional cupping techniques, tea blending and current trend exploration, among many others, you can surely find a lecture or class to enhance your business acumen and build your tea skills. Our speakers represent a slate of well known and newcomers alike from across the globe who want to share their passion with you!
On site, not far from the main vendor floor, is our semi-private networking room. It is equipped with kettles, water and some cupping sets for your use. Take advantage of contact info for vendors that will be sent out prior to the event to set up a face to face meeting with those whose wares you know interest you more than a stop at their booth will cover.
And of course, network with your friends and peers who are not on the vendor floor! We have three amazing ticketed meal events set up on Friday for you to take a break with friends while having good food and good tea.
$35 ~ Three Day Admission November 1, 2 & 3 - You will need to provide proof of owning a business (or being in the management of one) in the tea or food & beverage industry in order to purchase this ticket (website, snapshot of business card, copy of recent purchase order, etc). Services provided to the tea industry and tea educational organizations are also included in this group. Please email us for details if you have questions about whether or not you qualify for this special discounted ticket.
Industry attendees can send their hotel confirmation to us to receive $5 off of any of our ticketed meal events on Friday, November 1!
Want to get in free??? Volunteer for one full day of the event and you get in free to the other 2 days!