Lao Tea Day – the first event of its kind ever to be held in Laos – is expected to shape the future of the Lao tea farming and processing industry.
Taking place this weekend on June 4-5 at Lao-ITECC in Vientiane, the tea festival is a timely reminder of International Tea Day and all of the history and culture associated with tea drinking and production.
Organised by the Mekong Tea Project of the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, in collaboration with development partners, the event will showcase the history of tea growing.
Running from 9am to 6pm each day, the event will feature a tea cupping session by Lao and foreign specialists. The process shows how industry professionals measure tea quality and determine flavour characteristics. It also helps them to ensure products are of a satisfactory standard for consumers.
Tea growers, businesses and projects promoting tea farming are expected to set up as many as 17 booths to showcase tea products at the event.