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Houston Tea Festival: Diversity Means Tea Drinking is Hot in the Bayou City

Houston Tea Festival: Diversity Means Tea Drinking is Hot in the Bayou City

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaIced tea is a staple refreshment during the hottest months of summer here in Houston, for some, but hot tea is a pretty popular choice too — year round — especially with Houston’s growing diversity. Hot tea drinking is something people from Asia, the UK and Ireland grew up on.

Perhaps that explains why this year Houston is having its first Tea Festival, with hopes of making the event annual.

We talk with the event’s organizer Amanda Vermillion, Certified Tea Master and owner of The Tea Mistress, an online store for tea drinkers.

Houston Tea Festival:

When: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: University of Houston Clear Lake (Bayou Building – Atrium II and Forest Room),  2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, Texas 77062
Parking: Free on weekends in any student or visitor lot.
Cost: Advance tickets are $12 per day and $20 for the weekend. Tickets at the door at $15 per day. (Free for children ages 12 and under, accompanied by an adult).
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Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →