The culture and science of one of the world's most beloved beverages - tea - will take the center stage ofan international forum running from Oct. 8 through 11 in central Taiwan.
The International Forum on Tea Culture, Creativity, and Science TAIWAN (IFTCCS) is based on the concept of "stylish tea” this year. The organizers hope not only to highlight the aesthetics of tea, but to discuss the manufacturing and marketing that go towards making the industry economically viable as well.
The four-day forum in Nantou's Caotun Township will also share the latest interdisciplinary research and development in craftsmanship and commercialization of tea wares; tea tree cultivation; the processing of tea leaves; and the health benefits of tea.
Tea ware exhibitions, tea ceremony demonstrations, experimental tea workshops, and a fashion show inspired by the Bible of tea - "Cha Jing (茶經)” written by Chinese scholar Lu Yu (陸羽) during the 8th century - will also be offered on the sidelines of the forum.
Host county Nantou is Taiwan's most prolific producer of tea, offering up to 8 different varieties per year, including 3 variants of Oolong tea. The central Taiwanese county is also holding the 2015 Nantou Global Tea Expo from Oct. 3 through 11.
International Forum on Tea Culture, Creativity, and Science
The 2015 IFTCCS is co-organized by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (Ministry of Culture), the Tea Research and Extension Station (Council of Agriculture), and the Nantou County government.