Come join us at Seattle Center and explore the World of Tea!

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COVID-19 Virus Update -

The 2020 Northwest Tea Festival is a number of months away.
Health and safety concerns are of course on everyone’s mind and are our primary concern.

Our coordinating committee is moving forward with preliminary planning and are still planning for the festival to be held on September 26th & 27th. We are all aware that there are more unknowns than knowns at this point in our world. We are prepared to cancel or reschedule this year's event. We are continuously evaluating all options and of course do the right thing.

We will use this space and our Facebook Page to keep you updated if things change.

For now, we are enjoying our tea at home as we hope you are too. Please stay healthy, happy, smart, and safe. We hope to see you in September and if not then at some later date.

Celebrating 13 years!

This is the thirteenth Northwest Tea Festival
Join us for a fun and educational two-day event showcasing the multifaceted world of tea. The goal of the festival is to provide experiences covering all aspects of tea, from the cultural to the historical and the sensory to the scientific. The festival is appropriate for people of all ages and all levels of tea experience, from mildly curious folks to passionate, life-long aficionados.

Each year festival organizers bring together authors, industry experts, buyers, retailers, artists, and educators to help you experience something new and expand your enjoyment of this most fascinating of beverages!

Immerse yourself in the tea experience:

  • Sample some of the finest teas from all over the world.
  • Attend presentations led by leading tea authors and industry experts.
  • Meet premier tea and tea ware suppliers.

Check out the videos from past festivals on our Media page.

The festival will be open:

10 AM - 6 PM Saturday, September 26th
10 AM - 4 PM Sunday, September 27th

Entry is open to the public, with an admission fee of $15 per person.
Admission allows entry to both days - Saturday & Sunday.
Children under twelve are admitted free.

On-line Pre-Registration for workshops at the 2020 NW Tea Festival will open Sept. 1st.

Share your NW Tea Festival Story!

As we celebrate 13 years of the biggest tea party on the West Coast, we"re focusing on what makes the festival great. Help us share our story and plan for the next years by telling us your ideas, festival stories, and input on what makes the festival great, how it affects people’s lives, and what you’d like to see in our next decade.  Take a few minutes to complete our brief survey by clicking here


Ticket Booth

Pictures from the Festival:

Andrew Goodman
Jars of Tea
NWTF 2011 Japanese Tea Ceremony
Jason Chen

News & Announcements

NW Tea Festival 2018 Recap

The 11th annual Northwest Tea Festival was held on September 29th and 30th in Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall.  This was the second year in the new larger space and the festival has already grow considerably with more vendors and an impressive lineup of guest speakers and presenters.

Northwest Tea Festival 2018

August 2018 World of Tea Event Review


We had the unique opportunity to taste a broad range of Kenyan teas covering the spectrum of oxidation.

World of Tea Series: Teas of Kenya

World of Tea Series: Teas of Kenya

The August 18th World of Tea event was a focused tasting of a wide range of teas grown and produced in Kenya, presented by Cinnabar Wright (Phoenix Tea). There were a variety of teas selected from the categories of white, green, black, and oolong.  Each tea had its own distinctive character and all were true teas from the Camelia sinensis plant.

Thanks to everyone who attended!  As always, we hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event.

NW Tea Festival Receives 2018 World Tea Award

NW Tea Festival was deeply honored to receive the award for Best Grassroots Tea Education Campaign at World Tea Expo 2018's World Tea Awards.  It's thanks to the tireless efforts of the volunteers, the efforts and support of our sponsors, vendors, and presenters, and most importantly the enthusiastic support of the attendees that have made this festival a success for over 10 years.  Thank you, one and all!

April 2018 World of Tea Event Review


Hibiscus varies in boldness and character depending on its origin.  This example from Sudan was  pleasantly approachable and may be a new favorite.

World of Tea Series: Spring is Blooming!