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All educational focused tea tasting seminars are from 1 - 3 pm with Certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell at the historic Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA 22066
Each seminar is $35 per person
Saturday, September 14, 2019 – ABC's of Tea - Learn about and taste teas from around the globe - white, green, oolong, black, and dark styles - their history; how they are similar to, and different from, each other; and how to best brew each style for optimum flavor. Tea infused treats and a take home tea sampler included. Use ID Code 070.6BBA
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - Exploring Teas: Advanced Workshop - For those who have attended past basic tea seminars. An exploration into unique teas - by process, terroir, and/or scarcity. Tea infused treats and a take home tea sampler included. Use ID Code 731.1973
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - What is Chai? - Although chai is the Indian word for tea, Americans have adopted that word to mean a tea blended with spices. Learn about the many styles of masala chai, the base teas and spices used in them, and various preparation methods. Enjoy some tea infused treats and take home your own custom tea blend. Use ID Code ED7.CB78
Early 2020 Seminars
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - Ancient to Modern: Oolong Teas - This category of semi-oxidized teas is ever expanding with new styles being developed all over the globe. Sample a variety of oolongs from old style to new, from traditional tea producing countries to countries with recently established high quality tea gardens. Tea infused treats and a take home tea sampler included. Use ID Code AE1.439C
Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Pairing Premium Teas and Chocolate - This favorite seminar is back! Learn about the similarities of theobroma cacao and camillia sinensis, from their growing regions to their processing methods as you taste, compare, and pair special teas and chocolates.Taste some treats made with these two delectable ingredients. A take home sampler included. Use ID Code 4C6.790B
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - Savoring Green Teas - Think you don't like green teas? After this focused tasting of various styles of green teas (no, they do not all taste alike!), and with proper brewing techniques demonstrated, you may find the perfect green for you! It's Pi Day so we'll enjoy some tea-infused pie! A take home tea sampler included. Use ID Code 52F.67D6
Autumn 2020 Seminars to be listed mid-July
~ Some Additional Subjects for Customized Seminars ~
Rare and Unusual Teas, Bountiful Blacks,
Teas,Traditions and Techniques, Cooking and Baking with Teas,
Japanese Teas and the Cherry Blossom Festival,
The Sweet Side of Tea - Pairing with Honey and Maple Syrup,
Mystery of Pu Erh Teas, Teas Across India,
The Teas of Africa: North to South, East to West
OR - create your own category!
Tea as a recipe ingredient will be discussed and tea treats sampled at each seminar. Every participant will go home with a tea sampler.
** New Registration Procedure **
is now directly through Fairfax County Park Authority
If you already have a Parktakes account, use the Catalog ID Class Codes (listed above) to register online. You can create your own account online at your convenience 24/7
Please note that the request for a date of birth when opening an online account is only to differentiate for childrens, adult, and seniors classes.
Talk to an Operator: 703-222-4664
Operators are standing by 9 a.m. - 4 p.m, Monday-Friday. For ease of reference, fill out a registration form before calling or have the Class Activity Codes and your credit card (VISA/MasterCard only) handy.
Fax It: 703-631-2004
VISA/MasterCard payments only. Sorry, but due to registration volume, the county cannot confirm fax receipt. Faxed registrations are processed beginning 9 am on the first day of registration. Faxed registrations received prior to the first day of registration will be held until that date.
Mail registrations with check, VISA or MasterCard payment to: FCPA/Parktakes, P.O. Box 4606, Fairfax, VA 22038. Mailed registrations are processed beginning 9 a.m. on the first day of registration. Mailed registrations received prior to that date will be held until that date.
Or call Colvin Run Mill 703-759-2771 for additional help in registering.
If a seminar should be full and you'd like to join a wait list, please email Laurie@greatfallsteagarden.com with the seminar name, date, number of attendees for the wait list, and a contact phone number.
Would you like Great Falls Tea Garden to come to you with a customized tea tasting seminar created especially for your family, friends, business associates or group? Just contact Laurie@greatfallsteagarden.com