I first heard of it last year but I had just missed it and was sorely disappointed. Luckily, I hadn't missed this year's and I made it a date with my friends. I saw a gathering of Lolitas there too, to which my friend asked me why I didn't show up in my gear. I've kind of moved on -- I still have my attachments to certain Lolita aesthetics but I'm not wearing my clothes anymore.
I got there about lunchtime, so it was very busy. When I left, it was probably busier because it was a struggle to even get to the counters. I had to restrain myself, so I kept myself to a budget. The prices of the teas were definitely pricier than what most people would pay for. Nevertheless, it was an opportunity to taste teas that I've never tried before.
I stumbled upon a stall that sold chai tea in a terracotta cup for $2 -- which would've been the smarter choice to buy that than to pay $4 for the designated tea taster cup at the doors. They still made good souvenirs.
Some of the stalls had wonderful displays, and other stalls sold adorable tea cosies. I bet many of the knitters there took photos so they could knit it themselves! (Hello Ravelry.) My friends and I hanged around for about an hour before we went off for a late lunch at the CBD -- they weren't as keen as I was and left without having bought any teas.
|Mr Tea, the tea cosy|
If you're a bigger tea enthusiast than I am, you'd probably enjoy this. If you haven't caught word of it, I don't know where you've been so write this into your list of things to do next year.