Nothing brings communities and friends closer together than sharing a cup of tea. And so, Sri Lanka, decided to take this wonderful tradition up a notch by hosting a global high tea in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of its tea industry. This event, which will occur in July, is the ideal way to share the love and quality of Ceylon tea with the world.
The tea party will be hosted at more than 60 Sri Lankan embassies or designated sites in countries around the globe. And in true high tea fashion, each party will commence at 5 pm in the respective time zone beginning in Australia with the last party occurring in Los Angeles.
Festivities began in January with the unveiling of a bust of James Taylor, the country’s first commercial tea grower.
In August the Sri Lanka Tea Board will host an International Tea Festival with a focus on tea appreciation and cuisine, street fairs, and performances.
A global tea expo will follow Aug. 11-13 to showcase exporters, manufacturers, producers, and service providers.
“The 150 years of Ceylon tea is a truly global celebration,” said Michael De Zoysa, chairman, Colombo International Tea Convention, “The global tea party is a wonderful way to bring individuals together to experience the diversity and quality of Ceylon tea.”
Each party will serve fine Ceylon teas, traditional tea treats, and a specially created biscuit by Maliban Biscuit Manufactories, Sri Lanka’s oldest biscuit manufacturer.