A Great Lineup for Spring Show

2006 show highlighted on Food Network's "Unwrapped"

APRIL 5, 2007 — Starfish Junction Productions, event producer, gears up for another great show this year—the 2nd Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC, an international extravaganza being held on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2007 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY. According to Andy Calimano, president of Starfish Junction Productions, “Our inaugural Coffee & Tea Festival in 2006 was a great success. We’re going to be on the Food Network this month, that should bring some nice publicity to the 2007 show and the event exhibitors.” Highlights from the 2006 festival can be seen on the Food Network show Unwrapped starting April 9th. Over 5,000 attendees are expected to gather at the beautiful Metropolitan Pavilion to celebrate coffee, tea, confections and all that goes with the enthusiastic and sophisticated fascination with coffee and tea.

The two day festival will feature everything related to coffee and tea and will offer consumers the opportunity to sample different coffees and teas from around the world. Featured exhibitors include: Tavalon Tea, Ceylon Treasures, Jalima Coffee, Sympatea, and local micro-roaster Real Coffee Corp. Attendees will try the world’s first edible coffee from Acapella Gourmet Foods, a Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery, and delectable gourmet green tea chocolate from Keiko. The festival will have something for everyone.

New to the program this year, will be a coffee cupping and tasting hosted by Marcela Zuchovicki from Jalima Coffee, a chocolate tasting hosted by Tasting Club author Dina Cheney, live espresso painting by Karen Eland, and afternoon tea instruction by celebrated author and tea etiquette authority, Ellen Easton. An authentic Japanese tea ceremony is scheduled to be performed twice daily.

In addition to being at tremendous exhibitor and sponsorship opportunity, and a delightful way for visitors to spend the day, the 2nd Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC benefits The Freeplay Foundation with The Coffee Lifeline Project, the official charity of the event. The Coffee Lifeline is a radio communications project that provides essential information and education to coffee farmers and will bring growers together via global radio broadcasts. Coffee Lifeline empowers producers by giving them sustained access to information that can directly affect their ability to improve their own lives.

Registration and information for exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees is available on line at

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