2020 Virtual Australian Tea Cultural Seminar
The Australian Tea Cultural Seminar is going digital.
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.
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Why go virtual
The fourth annual Australian Tea Cultural Seminar, which was to be hosted by Brisbane in 2020, has been postponed until 2021.
The board of the Australian Tea Cultural Society (AUSTCS) has decided to create a virtual event in its place on Sunday 30 August 2020.
“Given the disruption that many Australians have faced over the last few months – first the cruel summer bushfires followed by flooding, hail storms, and now the devastating effects of this global pandemic – we decided to postpone the Brisbane 2020 seminar,” announced AUSTCS founding director David Lyons.
Instead, the TEAm will take the event online to ensure we can meet, “no matter what the isolating circumstances or rules are at the time”.
Consequently, the 2021 seminar, which delegates voted to be held in Sydney, will now be moved to 2022.
AUSTCS is currently working to confirm guest speakers and find a secure online platform for its virtual event, which will be held on one of the original dates: Sunday 30 August 2020.
Members will also be able to attend the Annual General Meeting virtually following the event.
We send our very best wishes to all the tea community during this difficult period and hope that you will be able to join us in August.
AUSTCS founding director David Lyons has a short video announcement to explain the changes to the 2020 Brisbane seminar.
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.
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
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