The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse's thirteenth annual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival poured out the fun for both adults and kids this past weekend, including such yearly favorites as the children's tea party and chef-owner Lenny Martinelli's cooking with tea workshop, as well as a brand-new -- and delicious -- tea and cocktails class. The two-day festival allows people to "connect one on one with leaders in the tea industry, taste exceptional teas, and enjoy a weekend of celebrating one of nature's most prized gifts," according to Teahouse co-owner Sara Martinelli.
Page down for a photo tour of this year's Rocky Mountain Tea Festival.
At the Tea Bazaar, booths offered tastings and sales of premium teas, tea ware and other tea-related goods.
Teahouse general manager Kasi Tenborg demonstrated the art of mixology, complete with unique tea-infused cocktails that have proven popular on the Teahouse's drink menu. Tenborg served up delicious drinks including an Orange Blossom Mojito, Rainforest Downpour and Orange Whiskey Ginger alongside the Teahouse's delicious Indian Samosas (pictured above) and Philippine Lumpia Egg Rolls.
Photos from the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival continue on the next page.
In one of the Tea Festival's most popular workshops -- so popular that it was held twice this time -- Teahouse chef/owner Lenny Martinelli prepared dishes for seminar-goers to taste, with a not-so-secret ingredient: tea.
The annual children's tea party, "Mommy and Me Princess Tea Party" (open to princes, too), welcomed costumed kids and adults alike with iced tea, mini scones and other tasty snacks, as well as crafts and an opportunity to take photos with two very special guests:
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The Teahouse, operated by Lenny and Sara Martinelli and located at 1770 13th Street in Boulder, is open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and serves breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu includes cuisine from cultures around the globe; for more information, visit the Teahouse website.