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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. 

Find out more and buy your tickets now:

Speakers    |    Time Table

 

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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.

 

Speakers 2020

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:

Shabnam Weber

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 Skell

Guest speaker

 

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 Grima

Guest speaker

 

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 

Panellists:

  • 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)

10 am

Australian Tea Cultural Virtual Seminar 2020 Opening address

10.15 am

First Guest Speaker - 

Shabnam Weber – President, Tea and Herbal Association of Canada
Presentation and Q&A

11.15 am 

Welcome by tea - 

Presentation on the 1st tea by our       

Volunteer Tea Brewer.
Tea provided in the All Day Package

11.30 am

Second

Guest Speaker - 

George Skell – Food & Beverage Specialist and Lecturer in Hospitality

Presentation and Q&A

12.15 pm

Welcome by tea - 

Presentation on the 2nd tea by our

Volunteer Tea Brewer.

Tea provided in the All Day Package

12.30 pm

Address by David Lyons, Founding Director, On behalf of AUSTCS

1 pm

Close for lunch

1.25 pm

Australian Tea Cultural Virtual Seminar 2020 Afternoon Session Commences

1.30 pm

Third Guest Speaker - 

Vicki Grima  - Executive Officer, The Australian Ceramics Association

Presentation and Q&A

2.15 pm 

Welcome by tea - 

Presentation on the 3rd tea by our       

Volunteer Tea Brewer.
Tea provided in the All Day Package

2.30 pm

Tea Growers Forum with Q&A
Panellists include:

  • Brendon Collins - Arakai Estate, Queensland.

  • George Barel - tea farmer for ITO EN, Victoria.

  • John Robb, Jeff Thompson - Austea, New South Wales.

3.15 pm

Welcome by tea - 

Presentation on the 4th tea by our
Volunteer Tea Brewer.
Tea provided in the All Day Package

3.50 pm

#myofficeteabreak and AUSTCS App Presentation on AUSTCS Strategies
Vanessa & Boroon

4.30 pm

Australian Tea Cultural Virtual Seminar 2020 Closing address

End of Morning Session
End of Afternoon Session
Morning Session
Afternoon Session
Australian Tea Cultural Society AGM

4.45 pm

Australian Tea Cultural Society AGM 2020

AUSTCS invite all members to attend the AGM where we will discuss open items and topics for the following year

AGM Close
Australian Tea Cultural Seminar 2020 Close
 

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Become a partner

The Australian Tea Cultural Seminar offers an opportunity for businesses or groups to become a Partner of this unique event. This is an event where your company or group can be highlighted as a forward thinking and imaginative entity.  Take this opportunity to help shape the future of Australian tea culture.

 

2020 Seminar
Packages

The Australian Tea Cultural Society has developed 2 affordable packages to choose from. these packages allow everyone to be able to be apart of the Australian Tea Cultural Seminar for part or all of the day. The 2 packages are broken up as follows:

The All Day Package is LIMITED RELEASE; once sold out there will be no additional packages made available
All Day Package
The All Day Package includes the following:

Annual Membership to the Australia Tea Cultural Society

Live All Day access to the 2020 Virtual Australian Tea Cultural Seminar 

AUSTCS 2020 Seminar Box

The 2020 Seminar box is delivered to you anywhere in Australia and includes:

  • Complimentary AUSTCS 2020 cup

  • Printed program

  • Welcome by Tea tasting pack of 4 teas including brewing instructions

  • Special promotions 

  • ...And other goodies ​

Delivery included to Australian addresses​

Join in the 'Welcome by Tea' ceremony

Access to the full recording of the whole seminar after the event

Q&A participation during seminar presentations

Two Half Day Packages can be combined for All Day access without AUSTCS membership or The AUSTCS Box
Half Day Package
The Half Day Package includes the following:

Live access to the Morning OR Afternoon Session of the 2020 Virtual Australian Tea Cultural Seminar

Access to the full recording of the Morning OR Afternoon Session after the event

Digital program

Q&A participation during seminar presentations

Option to purchase a limited edition 2020 AUSTCS cup by special order

Join the Australian Tea Cultural Seminar Virtually 

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