Special Events

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.

Networking Cocktail Reception

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

Break the ice and begin World Tea Expo 2018 with some valuable networking! Join your fellow attendees and exhibitors on the Exhibit Hall floor for a cocktail and light appetizers.

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! Yoga mats and a free cold brew bottle will be provided for the first 25 participants to arrive. Classes will be taught by certified yoga instructors Jo Schaalman and Jules Peláez from Gaia and featured on Yoga Download.

Bloggers Round Table

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

Looking to generate publicity in the trade press or on a blog for your tea business? Have you tried to do it yourself, but you’re not quite getting the results you desire? Perhaps you have a PR professional and are generating some great attention in the press. But more than likely you don’t have a PR pro on staff and are attempting a campaign yourself – guerilla marketing style – and not getting results. In this one-of-a-kind learning experience – a meet-and-greet that’s done “speed dating-style” – you’ll hear directly from top editors and industry writers.

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.

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.

Tea Entrepreneurship: Growth and Navigating Your Business to Success

Featured Speaker: Tyler Gage, Co-Founder & CEO of Runa
Tuesday, June 12
1:30pm - 2:30pm
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.

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.

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.