One of the organisers of Sydney’s Tea Festival is doing something a little different this year – they’re introducing Australia’s first tea-infused wine.
“We have often felt there were great synergies with wine and tea,” says Corinne Smith, co-founder of the Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar and the annual festival. “The flavour profiles are often complementary and of course both are used for the purposes of relaxation and enjoyment so it felt like a great fit.”
Asked to describe the taste, Smith acknowledges it’s out of the ordinary. “There’s the flavour of the wine, as you’d expect, but then the familiarity of the tea nudges its way in and creates some really special flavour notes.”
You can judge if it’s successful on Sunday August 19 when, for the fifth year, the tea event takes over Carriageworks. There will be four wines – created by a to-be-revealed South Australia winery – each one made with a different bespoke tea blend and crafted to embellish and accompany the layers of the wine.
The boozy fusions don’t stop there. Tea-inspired cocktails will be served by Archie Rose Distilling Co., created with national bar manager of Rockpool Dining Group Ryan Gavin. He’ll host a ticketed masterclass on the day. There’s also organic tea-infused vodka made with pure Hunter Valley rainwater Long Leaf.
Other ticketed tea workshops include one on the art and science of combining teas, herbs and floral ingredients by the Tea Atelier. There’s a tea and cheese pairing session by The Artisan Cheese Room, a blend-your-own-chai class by the Chai Room and a masterclass on brewing by Tea Angle.
As in previous years, festivalgoers can treat their sweet or savoury tooth at one of the food trucks, or pick up some homewares. And, cup of tea in hand, you can also check out artworks and sculptures by Sydney contemporary artist Elliott Routledge (aka Numskull) created for the milestone birthday. He’s known for his abstract and large-scaled wall murals and has exhibited at galleries internationally.
The Sydney Tea Festival is on Sunday August 19 from 9am to 4.30pm at Carriageworks.