Ceylon Tea Festival puts Mad Hatter’s best brew top of the foodie favourite menu!

A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be a much-anticipated highlight of the star-studed Ceylon Tea Festival planned for August 11–13 at top-class venues in Colombo.

Says the Sunday Times: “Michelin-starred chefs Tom Aikens and Jason Atherton will be pairing Ceylon Tea with premium ingredients and the best of local vegetables, foodies can also have a taste of the ‘Tea Street’ in true Bohemian style.”

This celebration of the world’s favourite brew, Sri Lanka’s first-ever luxury food, drink and leisure festival centred around our most prized premium export, is promising ‘something for everyone’, including Masterclasses with brunch and high tea.

Say the Times: “With planters’ talk, theatre performances by Mind Adventures and music thrown in, the festival offers a selection of free and ticketed events to choose from.”

A hot-spot for high-tea tourism starring two Michelin chefs

Michelin-star chefs Tom Aikens (top) and Jason Atherton

The event will also spotlight Sri Lanka as a hot-spot for tea tourism “going beyond the cliches of sun, sand and the sea, being conscious of the new generation of travellers seeking more authentic experiences”.

From five-course dining made possible by Michelin-star chefs Tom Aikens and Jason Atherton to appearances by chefs Jerome from Asylum, John from Cafe Kumbuk and Nimal from Sugar Bistro, the festival will offer gastronomic delights of a different kind.

The main objective is to inspire local and internationally renowned chefs to use Ceylon tea as a preferred ingredient in their culinary delights and popularize it via their restaurants, TV shows and online forums.

Says spokeswoman Neela Marikkar: “We want to create a global appeal for Ceylon tea at a gastronomic level, which will compliment the efforts made by the Sri Lanka Tea Board and the tea trade in positioning Ceylon Tea as a premium brand internationally.”

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