2020 Virtual Australian Tea Cultural Seminar
For 2020, the Australian Tea Cultural Seminar is going digital.
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 AEST.
Find out more and buy your tickets now:
Seminar Time Table
Sunday 30 August 2020
from 10 am
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
End of Morning Session
End of Afternoon Session
Australian Tea Cultural Society AGM
Australian Tea Cultural Seminar 2020 Close
Earlier this year, the Australian Tea Cultural Society announced that we would postpone our 2020 Brisbane seminar to 2021 in light of the uncertainty around travel and gatherings due to the
COVID-19 pandemic and the distancing measures it prompted.
Instead, on 30 August 2020 we will be presenting a virtual seminar and we are pleased to announce it will feature:
International keynote speaker
Shabnam’s tea career has spanned retail (as former CEO of The Tea Emporium) and education (as founder of The Academy of Tea) over two decades. She now brings her rich and diverse experience to the role of President of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, which aims to helps industry navigate the changing tea marketplace and educate consumers on ethical, quality tea. She will offer a global perspective on tea culture and the international tea community.
George is a food and beverage specialist and lecturer in hospitality at the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University. He’ll be providing fresh insights on how both students and venues view tea, as well as the place of tea in hospitality settings today.
Vicki is a ceramicist with a visual arts education background, who brings her knowledge and experience to her dual roles as Executive Officer of The Australian Ceramics Association and editor of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. She’ll speak about the inextricable relationship between tea and ceramics.
Australian Tea Growers
Brendon Collins is the plantation manager and artisan tea-maker at Arakai Estate in Queensland.
George Barel is a tea farmer for ITO EN. His Kiewa Valley plantation is in the alpine region of Victoria.
John Robb is a camellia expert who has partnered with export specialist Jeff Thompson to form Austea, a tea-growing co-operative on the Central Coast of New South Wales.
Our panellists will look at tea production in modern Australia and the challenges and opportunities it presents across three growing regions.