Northwest Chocolate Festival 2018

Yesterday I went to the Northwest Chocolate Festival! I’m a pretty big fan of chocolate, and I was really looking forward to trying a bunch of different samples of chocolates from all the attending chocolatiers – I definitely wasn’t disappointed!

 

It was interesting to see that some of the vendors that I’d seen at the tea expoΒ were also at the chocolate festival, which made sense because some of these tea vendors also had chocolate-related products πŸ™‚

 

My favorite part about the festival were all the different samples, but similar to the tea expo there were also speakers who were there to teach audiences about a bunch of different topics or do cooking demos πŸ˜€ !

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Cooking demo of chocolate meringue snowmen!

 

By the end of the day I was pretty full from eating chocolate and craving some other kinds of food options, and as I was exiting the venue I noticed that there were lots of food trucks that were parked outside, probably exactly for that reason πŸ˜€

 

Overall, I had another fun festival experience and would consider coming again next year πŸ™‚ !

2018 Northwest Tea Expo

 

Over the weekend I attended the 2018 Northwest Tea Expo that took place in the Seattle Center!

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A gigantic teapot that welcomes visitors at the entrance πŸ™‚

 

This year’s admission fee was $15, and with the admissions ticket you also get a tote bag to carry any products you purchase during the festival, as well as a small teacup that you can use to sample the different tea flavors from different vendors! The admissions ticket is also valid for both Saturday and Sunday, which is super neat πŸ™‚

 

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You can try any of the tea samples you’re interested in πŸ™‚
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I really loved the steam punk theme of this stall!

 

There were a ton of vendors that were selling tea products and handing out samples of their wares, but I noticed that there were some vendors who didn’t necessarily sell tea themselves but sold products that were related to tea, such as teacups or honey, which was really nice to see!

 

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Some pottery being sold at a stall

 

There were also lots of workshops and tastings going on here and there, and unfortunately I didn’t have the time to browse through all the stallsΒ and attend the workshops, but I did get a glimpse of some of them as I was walking around and they seemed like a very cool experience πŸ™‚

 

 

The tea festival was a very cool event and I enjoyed every moment of the experience! πŸ™‚

Seattle CoffeeCon 2018

Today I went to CoffeeCon Seattle, which is a really cool convention where you get the chance to try coffee samples and related products from many different local vendors, try using some of the coolest coffee brewing equipment available, and attend classes and presentations to learn about many different facets about coffee and related topics.

Funnily enough, I actually found out about CoffeeCon on accident while perusing Groupon one day, looking at deals for local restaurants while waiting for my show to load on Netflix. Personally I’m not a super big fan of coffee (I’m definitely more of a tea person and love love love teas), but I do have dreams about perhaps opening my own cafe one day and have been wanting to learn more about coffee, so when I saw the Groupon deal I jumped on the opportunity to attend the convention :D. This year CoffeeCon is happening in 4 different cities, and I felt super lucky to have found out about CoffeeCon before it had already happened in Seattle.

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Here are all the locations where CoffeeCon is happening in 2018!

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the conference, but after a full day I was really pleasantly surprised by how informative and fun the conference was! It’s probably one of the most chill conferences I’ve ever been to, and everyone at the booths was so friendly and seemed more interested in sharing information about coffee in general than really selling anything, which was awesome. I also drank more coffee than I’ve ever drunk in a single day before, there were so many free samples everywhere!

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One of the many vendors that were giving out free samples of their coffee!
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There were some representatives from the National Honey Board who were giving out delicious samples of honey, mmm~

One thing I really enjoyed at the conference were the classes, which were really diverse and covered a bunch of different topics. The speakers at all the classes were important individuals from local cafes or roasting houses, and as you can see in the schedule, there were multiple different tracks that the classes fell under. I personally went to a lot of the Slayer Espresso and Technical Brewing Experience classes, where I learned about how to steam milk and make latte art, use a Chemex (which I learned is actually pronounced like ‘Chemist’ and ‘Tex-Mex’ put together, lol), and about the importance of developing a sensory vocabulary to communicate with others about experiences.

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The class schedule for CoffeeCon Seattle 2018

The format of the classes also varies from class to class, which is great because it gives you the option to attend the kinds of classes that you’re interested in, whether it be a traditional presentation sort of class or a practical hands-on type of class.

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The Chemex brewing class was pretty hands on, which was the kind of class I liked πŸ™‚

Overall, I thought that CoffeeCon was a really great introductory way for me to learn about coffee and meet experts in the field for quick improvised Q & A sessions! I’m really excited to apply some of the skills I learned today when I make my own tea lattes (like I said, I’m not really much of a coffee person, lol).