Special Events

Morning Tea Break

Tuesday, June 12 & Wednesday, June 13
8:00 am - 11:00 am
South Hall Lobby

Don’t miss the Morning Tea Tasting with flavors from Teas Etc. A great way to keep your morning energy up!


Tea Entrepreneurship: Growth and Navigating Your Business to Success

Featured Speaker: Tyler Gage, Co-Founder & CEO of Runa
Tuesday, June 12
12:30pm - 1:30pm --- NEW TIME
Special Events Stage (on the Exhibit Hall Show Floor)

Building a startup is like being thrust into the middle of the Amazonian rainforest. Living every day on the edge of your comfort zone, vulnerable to the unexpected challenges constantly being thrown your way, and constantly shifting to meet daily demands and do everything and anything you can to survive, let alone thrive. Vulnerable, raw and deeply transparent, Tyler reveals powerful tools and lessons for new entrepreneurs and experienced tea executives alike, to navigate challenging situations and translate our dreams into realities.



CHINA Hunan Tea Tasting Session

Speaker: Bin Xiao, Deputy Director General of Department of Commerce of Hunan Province
Tuesday, June 12th
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Special Events Stage - Exhibit Hall Floor

CHINA Hunan Tea Tasting Session is a relaxing tea tasting event that is open to all attendees inside the exhibition hall. In the purpose of increasing the awareness of Hunan tea and introducing featured tea types of Hunan Province to America. Three typical types of tea will be chosen for audience to taste during the event. While we present introduction for each tea type during the event, audience can also enjoy watching the tea art performance. In the end, all attendees of the event can receive a “FREE giveaway” tea package at the counter. We look forward to seeing you at the event!


Afternoon Tea Break

Tuesday, June 12 & Wednesday, June 13
2:00pm – 4:00pm
South Hall Lobby

Don’t miss the Afternoon Tea Tasting for a fun take on tea with Flavor Wave slushies. The tea and tropical fruit flavors will be a great way to slow down and cool down your busy days at World Tea Expo.


World Tea Awards & Opening Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, June 12th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Special Events Stage - Exhibit Hall Floor

Each year at the World Tea Awards, the best and brightest are celebrated for their notable achievements in the tea industry. Join us at this annual event to not only recognize our nominees and winners, but to enjoy networking, cocktails, food, music and fun! All attendees and exhibitors are invited and encouraged to attend. You will receive a drink ticket and the chance to win door prizes with your badge.


Morning Yoga - presented by the Tea Spot

Wednesday, June 13th & Thursday, June 14th
7:00am - 7:45am
South Hall Lobby

Interested in a couple peaceful and relaxing mornings during your trip? Stretch it out with the Tea Spot for morning yoga before the show! 


Tea Bloggers Round Table

Wednesday, June 13
1:00pm – 4:00pm
LVCC, S225

Thinking about adding a blog to your website content? Join us for discussion on current tea blogging trends. Learn best practices: what peaks the reader interests, what entices readers to buy your products. Establish relationships and work with tea bloggers and tea writers. Meet the tea bloggers, ask the questions, let us help you findyour voice.


Tea Heroines: Women Who Left a Thumbprint on History through Tea

Featured Speaker: Peter Keen, Author on Tea & Business
Wednesday, June 13
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Special Events Stage (on the Exhibit Hall Show Floor)

This session reviews the innovations of these and other Heroines – dictionary-defined as embodying a mix of three qualities: courage, achievement and noble character -- that had a significant impact on politics, business, nutrition, social reform and the arts.


Cup Warming

Wednesday, June 13th
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Special Events Stage

Join the International Tea Cuppers Club for this focused tea tasting featuring up to 12 different teas from six countries around the world.


Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea Book Release Party

Speaker: Jane Pettigrew, Author of Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea
Wednesday, June 13
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Special Events Stage (on the Exhibit Hall Show Floor)

Award-winning author and tea educator Jane Pettigrew has travelled the world in the study of tea. Join her to celebrate the release of her newest book, Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea, a 434-page exploration of tea farming and manufacture that reveals the care and dedication of all those who nurture this remarkable plant that is now cultivated in more than 65 countries. Jane will sign all books purchased at this party.


World Tea Academy Graduation

Wednesday, June 13
5:15pm - 6:15pm
Special Events Stage

World Tea Academy will shine a spotlight on the next round of Certified Tea Professionals at this year’s event. This ceremony will also include special recognition of the advanced-level graduates of this fast-growing online certification program. Prospective World Tea Academy students are encouraged to attend – program advisors and current students will be present to share stories and answer questions at the close of the event.


Networking Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, June 13th
5:30pm – 6:30pm
South Hall Lobby

Continue your World Tea Expo 2018 experience with this opportunity to network and connect. Join your fellow attendees and exhibitors in the South Hall Lobby for a cocktail and light appetizers on Wednesday evening.


Expanding the Understanding of Tea through a Global Perspective

Featured Speaker: Katharine Burnett, Ph.D.
Thursday, June 14
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Special Events Stage (on the Exhibit Hall Show Floor)

This presentation introduces the Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science at the University of California, Davis.