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March 23, 2009 - New York, NY – Starfish Junction Productions, producer of Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, is getting ready to pump caffeine into the veins of New York City residents and festival attendees at the 4th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC. This international extravaganza is being held on Saturday and Sunday, April 18th and 19th, 2009 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18 Street, New York, NY. The event is open to the public and the trade.

Selected as one of the 10 Best New York Events for April 2009, by, "the two day festival will be a celebration of everything related to coffee and tea," said Lynda Calimano, Event Producer. "It is quite a unique show in that it is open to the public and the trade," she added. The international lineup of exhibitors is sure to delight all that attend.

Included among the featured exhibitors for the 2009 show: Café La Paz, SerendipiTea, Omoma Coffee, Tay Tea, Tavalon, Jalima Coffee, Harney & Sons Tea, Green Mountain Coffee, Guayaki Yerba Mate, El Pedral Gourmet Coffee, Zen Green Tea Liqueur, Srina Tea, and Starbucks. The show will also feature some extraordinary products including Chip 'n Dipped all natural cookies, Best Friends Cocoa, Biscottea, and Erica's Rugelach.

With programming sponsored by Imbibe Magazine, the event offers two days of fun and interactive classes/lectures/demos from well-known industry pros and pioneers.

Programming highlights include Coffee Cupping & Tasting hosted by Marcela Zuchovicki of Jalima Coffee; Afternoon Tea: Tips, Terms, and Traditions presented by tea authority, Ms. Ellen Easton; Home Roasting 101 presented by Donny Raus; Turkish Coffee & Culture presented by the Turkish Cultural Center; and two beautiful Korean tea ceremonies performed by Tea Master Yoon Hee Kim, U.S. Director for the Tea Culture Association of Korea and founding director of the Korean Tea Culture Foundation. Chef Melody, the Life Style and Chef/Food Reporter for the Saturday Home Show with Jerry Leen, heard every weekend on WOR Radio 710AM, will teach attendees how to think beyond the cup and incorporate coffee and tea into their favorite recipes.

The entire schedule of events and corresponding times can be found at the event website Attendance at the event programs is included in the nominal, $20 all-day-pass event admission fee.

Goodie bags will be distributed to the first 1000 attendees each day and will include samples from Adagio Teas, Celestial Seasonings, Chopsticks Magazine, Choice Organic Teas, The Tea House Times, Wholesome Sweeteners, and others.

Tickets, which include sampling of the international lineup of coffee and tea exhibitors as well as attendance at the classes/seminars/demos, can be purchased at the event website:

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