Chai Wizard Tournament Contest

Our Masala Chai (spiced tea) Contest is both an homage to the Harry Potter™ universe (a play on words for “Tri-Wizard Tournament™”) and a loving tribute to the late Devan Shah of ITI/Waterfall Teas*, an industry legend who was a very special guest at our 2016 Houston Tea Festival.

The tournament will take place at the Houston Tea Festival on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 11AM to 4PM. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to taste the teas and vote on their favorites. Votes will be tabulated at the end of the contest and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Discovery ballroom on Saturday, January 27 at 4:30PM.


Stay tuned for more contestant announcements as we approach the festival date!

Awards and Prizes

People’s Choice Awards will be awarded in each category.
Winners will receive a certificate, an announcement/listing on our website, and will earn the right to use our winning seal/logo on all promotional materials, packaging and social media.


  • Traditional – Black tea and traditional masala chai spices.
  • Fusion – Black, green, white, oolong, or puerh tea with masala chai spices and/or non-traditional herbs/spices.
  • Herbal – Herbal infusion combined with traditional masala chai spices and/or non-traditional herbs and spices. (Must not contain any camellia sinensis!)
  • Powdered/Instant – Powdered instant chai mix, any variety.
  • Bottled/Ready-to-Drink – Commercially prepared chai in a bottle or can.


  • Contest is open to businesses only! Due to food safety regulations and insurance liability issues, no individuals may enter the contest.
  • Contestants may enter one tea per category (up to 5 teas total).
  • Contestant must supply a minimum of 3 gallons of each tea. (For Bottled/RTD category: 48 bottles.)


Entry Fees

  • $25 per tea if submitted already prepared and ready to drink in the quantities specified below;
  • $55 per tea if dry tea or tea concentrate is submitted for preparation onsite

*Our “Chai Wizard Tournament” contest is not affiliated with ITI, Waterfall Teas or the Shah family.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDINGWORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

Interested in taking part in the Houston Tea Festival's Chai Wizard Tournament?

Deadline is January 25, 2018 to submit your forms!

Click here to download the application form!
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