The Australian Tea Cultural Society (AUSTCS) is foremost a meeting point for tea lovers – industry professionals, educators and enthusiasts alike – to seek to answer questions such as:
Does a tea culture already exist in Australia?
If 'yes', what is it? How can we grow it?
If 'no', then are we mature enough to create a genuine and recognisable Australian tea culture? From which foundations?
From what other tea cultural influences?
How can Australian tea lovers support fellow Australians to experience the best this beverage has to offer?
How do we help members of the Australian community to understand the benefits of tea from a health perspective?
How do we encourage tea education to flourish from school and beyond?
During the two-day event, a community of tea lovers will hear from specialists who have relevant experience and expertise in different realms and begin a discussion on what tea culture in Australia looks like and how we can grow it for the benefit of the tea-loving community.
Considering the restrictions on movement and gatherings due to COVID-19, the AUSTCS TEAm decided to postpone the physical seminar in Brisbane to 2021 and run a virtual seminar on
Sunday 30 August 2020, from 10am to 4.30pm.
This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause and to get involved. We believe the best way for our the seminar to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Australian Tea Cultural Society.
During the Seminar
AUSTCS will present on the first day a variety of guest speakers from various backgrounds. The guest speakers will offer attendees perspectives on there individual specialty. AUSTCS aims to present culture from a diverse range of sources.
AUSTCS will offer two rare opportunities for members of the tea industry to meet each other and the passionate enthusiasts who drive the tea community, as well as specialists from other relevant fields.
On the morning of Day 2, seminar delegates will split into one of three workshops. These workshops are designed to allow individuals to discuss a specific topic, led by a facilitator, and get involved in future activities to support their chosen area of tea culture.
What started as a good idea around two years ago certainly fulfilled all my hopes and dreams over 11-12th November 2017. AUSTCS 2017 was, according to the people who attended, an amazing, exciting and inspirational tea event for Australia.
It began, as every gathering should, with tea. After The Savoy Hotel’s art deco foyer embraced this year’s cohort for a group photo, AUSTCS delegates sat down and enjoyed the unboxing of the 2018 cup by ceramicist Annemieke Mulders. It provided an important focal point for our opening ceremony, ‘Welcome by Tea’, with tea at each table selected and served by volunteer brewers.
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