Demonstrations

Matcha and Craft Lesson with Feel JAPAN ~ Fun for all ages!
Matcha provided courtesy of our Japanese Tea sponsor Sugimoto America.

Date and Time: Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 11AM to 1PM
Location: Private Dining Room inside the restaurant/bar on the main level of the hotel
 
Presentation will include:

  • 5-minute introductory talk about the health benefits of green tea.
  • Matcha-making demonstration.
  • Guests try making matcha themselves.
  • Tasting matcha with some traditional Japanese sweets.
  • Origami (traditional Japanese art of paper folding) lesson.

Feel Japan was founded by a small group of Japanese women in the Houston/Clear Lake area who enjoy sharing real Japanese culture with their neighbors while also learning English. They organize events and activities such as Japanese cooking classes, tea parties, crafts demonstrations, and talks on Japanese culture. Look for Feel Japan on Facebook!

Join Gnome and Fairy Pottery throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday for teapot-making demonstrations!

Date and Time: Throughout the Weekend
Duration: ~30 minutes
Location: Gnome and Fairy Pottery‘s vendor table in the Discovery Ballroom


Gnome & Fairy Pottery is the workshop of husband-and-wife team Michael Polkinghorne and Kit Davis. Together they create charming and functional porcelain ceramics for the kitchen, table, and home that will delight any customer. Their home studio is located in Montgomery, Texas, where, in addition to making pottery, they raise children, chickens, goats, and bees. .
 
Michael has been making functional pottery for thirty years and is a veteran of the renaissance faire circuit. He specializes in simple useful pots that enhance the joy of preparing and sharing food. He is also the creator of the dragon-pig piggy bank.
 
Kit is a graduate of the fine arts program at University of Houston Clear Lake and has been working in clay for 18 years. She has a special talent for creating teapots. She also produces a line of hand-carved and painted pots that feature a cast of characters from gnomes to mermaids who look as if they walked off the pages of an old children’s storybook.

Join Matthew Brooks for a Gong Fu Cha demonstration and tasting. Matthew will serve 8 types of tea, prepared in the traditional Chinese gong fu style. On the menu: Chinese red, Chinese black, Taiwanese Oolong, Chinese raw and ripe puerh.
Teas provided by Teca Tea / Ten Yen Tea and Herbs, Houston/Bellaire, Texas.
 
Date and Time: Sunday, January 28, 11AM-3PM (Sessions take place every 30 minutes with a break between sessions.)


Mathew Brooks is a seasoned enthusiast who has a passion for drinking good tea. He is the organizer of the Houston Gong Fu Cha Facebook group. He is looking forward to serving some of his favorite Chinese and Taiwanese teas all who come by his table.

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