UNION — Discover the history of English tea at the Union Public Library on Tuesday, May 22, at 2 p.m.
Tea was first introduced to England in the 17th century. At first it was used for medicinal purposes and sold in London’s early coffee houses. Only when Catherine of Braganza (an avid tea drinker) of Portugal married England’s Charles II did tea become a social beverage. In 1840, Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is credited with inventing the custom of Afternoon Tea, a tradition that was embraced by Queen Victoria.
Food historian, Judith Krall-Russo, will explain the difference between High Tea and Afternoon Tea and demonstrate proper tea etiquette and customs. Krall-Russo began studying the customs and traditions of this universal beverage thirty years ago and has earned certifications as a Tea Specialist by The Tea School in Pomfret, Conn. and The Specialty Tea Institute of New York. Krall-Russo is currently studying the Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Uresenke Chanoyo Center and gong fu Chinese tea ceremony at The Tea Gallery, both in New York City.
The public is invited to this free program. Refreshments will be served. However, seating is limited – make your reservations early. To RSVP, call 1-908-851-5452.
The Union Public Library is located at 1980 Morris Avenue.
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