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Coffee & Tea Festival Returns to Philly Area
November 7-8, 2015 | Open to the Public and Trade

October 15, 2015 - Oaks, PA – Starfish Junction Productions, producer of Coffee & Tea Festival, is getting ready to pump caffeine into the veins of Philadelphia area residents at the 3rd Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: Philly. This international extravaganza is being held on Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, 2015 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center located at 100 Station Ave. in Oaks, PA 19456. The event is open to the public and the trade. Producers are planning for more than fifty local, national, and international exhibitors. Visit CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com/Philly for additional information.

The Coffee & Tea Festival: Philly is modeled after the successful Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC which just celebrated its 10th anniversary. "The Coffee & Tea Festival is a celebration of everything coffee and tea from the beverages themselves to books and wares to things made with coffee and tea like baked goods and even soaps," said Kristyn Dolan, event manager at Starfish Junction. "It is quite a unique show in that it brings together so many exhibitors with such a wide variety of products, plus it is open to the public and the trade," she added. The lineup of exhibitors, including national and local key players, like Capital Teas, One Village Coffee, MajaTei, Café Excellence and many more, is sure to delight all attendees. Like the established New York City show, the Philly show only gets bigger and better!

The event will include both free and fee-based seminar sessions each day. "There is something for everyone, both coffee addicts and tea lovers, at all levels," added Dolan. This year's free programming sessions include topics as varied as afternoon tea made easy, the science behind food pairing, what it means to be biodynamic coffee, cooking with tea, and coffee processing. For a small materials fee, more hands-on and interactive classes are offered on topics such as an inside look at Chinese tea. Additionally, those seeking to make tea a part of their business can attend the half-day tea intensive, Tea Course Fast Track produced by TeaCourse.com, that will provide you all of the knowledge you need to get started right away. Advance registration for the fee-based classes is highly recommended as many reach class capacity in advance of the event.

The Coffee & Tea Festival Philly will help raise funds and awareness for Cup for Education, a non-profit group that provides help to the poor, rural coffee communities of Central and Latin America. Cup for Education is conducting a small electronics drive and attendees are asked to bring old phones, iPods, electronic organizers, cameras, and/or tablets-even if they don't work anymore-and the charity will recycle them to raise funds.

Tickets, which include tastings from the international lineup of coffee and tea as well as attendance at select seminars, can be purchased at the event website for $20 each: CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com. Goodie bags will be distributed to the first 1,000 attendees each day.

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