SW Tea Fest 2016


Read a complete recap of the 2016 Southwest Tea Festival on World of Tea here.

Video recorded, edited, and produced by Michael Petersen of Tealet.

If you’re a tea business in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, and are interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor of our 2017 event, email Naomi (naomi@joysteaspoon.com) for details!

2016 Sponsors


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2016 Exhibitors



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Desert Breeze

Desert Breeze Afternoon Tea Parties  & Teaware Alison L. Sommer 702-595-6151


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Lavender Llama

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Media Sponsor

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Food Trucks

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Fifty Shades of Green

Yoga Schedule

Yoga and tea, tea and yoga, a match made in Heaven. We have dedicated a sacred space in the rear of the event building for three different yoga classes throughout the day.

All classes are suited for all levels and are 75 minutes long.

10:15 Morning Bliss Yoga ~ Guided by Kayla NcLeod

1:00 Hatha Tantra ~ Guided by Billy Hovekebilly

3:30 Hatha with Pranayama ~ Guided by Marija Minicmarija

Exhibitor: Sky’s Ceramics

If you’re in the market for new teawares, #SWTF2016 has you covered!

Skys CeramicsI was born in bright and flashy, Las Vegas, NV. Growing up, art was never an option, but I always loved to create. I began college like most freshmen not knowing what I wanted or who I was. I enjoyed the medical field as an EMT, and continued my education in the subject of Biology. After one spring semester, I decided to take a summer class that was relaxing and easy, Intro to Ceramics. When I walked in for the first day of Beginning Ceramics with Professor Glen Blakely, I had no idea what a wheel was or that mud could be so very useful and beautiful. I admit I struggled for a while. Clay was a challenge for me and those who know me know I can never turn down a good challenge. After a few years of whipping clay around the studio and figuring out who I was becoming, I changed my major. From there I transferred to SUU with Susan Harris & Russel Wrinkle for a year and learned as much as I could every day. In fact, I was voted Southern Utah’s Artist of the Year for 2015. Presently, I have returned to Dixie State College with Shane Christensen and I will receive my Bachelors in
Ceramics — 3/D Design–Sculpture. I’m currently applying to Graduate Programs for a MFA in Ceramics. I learned Japanese throwing methods with my own stylized forms and glazes. All teaware is food safe. 

Exhibitor: Lavender Llama

You can thank Lavender Llama for the amazing chalkboard art that is adorning our doors and signs! She’ll be ready to paint some amazing teapots and tea leaves on your face as well to really put you in the spirit!

Lavender LlamaLavender Llama products, pieces, & services help balance your mind, body, and soul. Maintaining holistic and positive vibrations since 2015.

Exhibitor: Waterfall Tea Company

Welcome to our newest Exhibitor – Waterfall Tea Company!


Every cup of Waterfall Teas shows how pure a thing is Joy. The nectar of the tender tea leaf spreads goodness from the mouth throughout the whole body and our bodies rejoice. We have a range of fragrances, flavors and pleasures selected from many tea regions and lands. Our various fine teas are sure to satisfy every thirst as only a Waterfall can.

For more information contact Waterfall Tea Company at our website http://www.waterfallteas.com, by calling 323-786-0970


We understand that parking in downtown Las Vegas can be very frustrating and expensive, so we have put together this guide to help you.

The Downtown 3rd Farmers Market has parking right next to the venue for your convenience. There is a parking fee of $1 per hour with a maximum of 4 hours. If you want to park safely for the entire tea festival from 10AM-5PM you will need to move your car and pay again.

If you are looking for free parking you are in luck because the only free parking in downtown is not far from the venue. Just north of the venue in a parking lot under the freeway you can park for free. Street parking on 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th streets north of Stuart Ave. is also free.

Please use the map here as a guide to prepare you for parking for the event.

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Food Truck: 50 Shades of Green

We knew we needed a few food trucks as part of the event because we were planning a 7 hour tea festival and we didn’t want people to have to leave to refuel. To say we are super stoked about the offerings is an understatement. Kids, say welcome to 50 Shades of Green!

Fifty Shades of GreenWe are your healthy, organic mobile restaurant on wheels! We offer an alternative to the average food truck serving fresh, health options with a focus on clean eating. We use the highest quality ingredients available, organic when and where possible. Our food doesn’t have any added sugar, coloring, preservatives, or anything artificial. Healthy food is simply more flavorful and delicious!

Our menu has something for all tastes including thick cut, applewood smoked bacon, over brown roasted turkey, and organic grilled chicken breast. We also offer vegetarian and vegan options! All our dressings are made fresh, never store bought. We always choose organic and design our menu around the seasons and weather.

“Eat Clean, Eat Green!”

Exhibitor: Viva Photo Booth

VivaPhotoBoothNEWLOGO600copyIt’s our firm belief that all are welcome to act a little silly at a Tea Festival. I mean, what else are you supposed to do with all that added caffeine! Thanks to Viva Photo Booth, you can channel that energy into posing with a moustache or boa and creating a lasting souvenir of your time at the SW Tea Fest!

There’s a pretty awesome Tea Hamper Giveaway involving the Viva Photo Booth as well so make sure you snap a few pics with the camera crew and get to hashtagging!


Media Sponsor: Tea Bloggers Roundtable

TBRSW Tea Fest believes in the value of bloggers. The tea industry boasts a bevy of dedicated and talented writers that have worked tirelessly over the years to further the knowledge and education of tea drinkers on tea topics that range from basic production information to the most intricate and rare teas made on Earth. They write about new and unique teawares, critique tea books, announce events, and assist retailers with the daunting task of marketing. Every year, a special group of bloggers gathers at World Tea Expo to encourage and inspire other tea businesses to join the blogging ranks. They call this event the Tea Bloggers Roundtable and they are using their mighty blogging power to help us spread the word about the SW Tea Fest and grace one very lucky winner with an entire hamper of tea goodies!

The rules are simple…

  1. Take a picture at #SWTF2016 (this can be at the photo booth at the festival or your personal device).
  2. Post it to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  3. Use the hashtag: #SWTF2016

The bloggers will convene and choose the photo they feel best represents the spirit of the festival! The winner will be announced at 4:30PM on SWTF’s social media and will receive a hamper of tea and teaware! (Lucky recipient must be present.)  

Take a few minutes and visit their blogs. Each is blissfully different…and you might just learn a new thing or two about tea!

SWTF 2016 Live Music Line-up


Youssoupha Sidibe

In our professional opinions, tea and music go hand-in-hand. To prove our point, we dare you not to tap a foot or hum along to one of the eleven incredible musical acts that are being lined up for #SWTF2016! That’s right. Eleven! There will be a Mainstage area right outside of the building where live music will be playing throughout the day and we encourage you to pull up a chair, or a piece of turf, and enjoy the local musical libations.

To top it all off, towards the end of the festival, we will have the Grammy nominated Youssoupha Sidibe, a Senegalese West African Kora (African Harp) player. Throw out all your ideas of what a harpist is! Youssoupha breaks out of traditional Kora styles, many hundreds of years old, to create a new style blending aspects of reggae and western music to create a something that has never been heard before.

Just to recap…Tea + 11 Musicians + Only $20 for Tickets = A Good Time.

Full Line-up

justin croppedJustin Anderson a.k.a Soujourner   – https://soundcloud.com/sojournermusicpage

Justin Anderson is a multi-instrumentalists that creates Impressionism / Psychedelic / Aleatoric music. He creates a fun performance with his produced tracks with fresh improvised live music.


vera croppedVeRa    – https://soundcloud.com/vera-anderson
Musician, songwriter, and activist. Music can save lives. She believes we are all unified by life, love, and the opportunity to be unafraid of opening our minds and finding out our beliefs; this is the relationship she would like to share through music.


drum croppedDrum Circle – Joe Montelbano, Christina Marie, Richard Kashanski, Robbyn Gibson    

Let your energy free with the beat of the community drums. Experienced tribal drummers will lead this adventure to finding the flow of our consciousness. Don’t be shy to listen to your feet and move to the beat. Percussion instruments will be available to share but please remember to return them at the end of the drum circle.

rifleman croppedThe RifleMan – Andrew Hambone, Nathan Stewart, Marshal Lytle, James Dunbar https://theriflemanlasvegas.bandcamp.com

Bluegrass/Punk and everything in between! Anti-Folk. Stories of N. Carolina, Nevada, Oregon California, Colorado etc…


robertmajors cropped.jpgRobert Majors “Nick Cantu”

A local folk singer/songwriter that can be heard at open mics across Las Vegas. His soul is made of gold and his performance is sure to raise your consciousness. He will be accompanied by bass player Nick Cantu.


cityfolk cropped.jpgCity Folk – Brian Havens, Milu Angelique, Patrick Tucker, Reanna Marie Merstik, Monica Sterling, Tony Divencenzo, Caleb Asher    – http://bbhmusic.com/what-is-city-folk/

City Folk, lead by Brian Buss Havens, a Vegas street busking performer, is a movement that focuses on the folk of the city. The band plays lively and inspiring songs that are sure to have you dancing and singing along.

Photo captured by Carla Sutton

dominique croppedDominique Zuniga    – https://soundcloud.com/dominiquezuniga

Dominique is a model, artist, and musician that is no stranger to the downtown Las Vegas community. Her feminine singing voice and physical expression is balanced with a masculine energy in her attempt to heighten the consciousness of the world.


jake croppedJake Kaimu – Sarah Zimmerman, Enjoly Mar

Acoustic singer/Songwriter Jake “Kaimu” creates melodious harmonies that can be described as “Tribal Folk”. Inspirations from his roots on the Big Island of Hawaii as well the diverse culture of Las Vegas are the core of his art. He is a mix of the street performer with ancient tribal musician. He will be accompanied by Viola player Sarah Zimmerman, a downtown Las Vegas resident. Also featuring Enjoly Mar, a traveling street performing that has collected influences from her journeys in  The Americas and Europe.

unifield croppedUnifield Tribal Theory – Chhen Chilla, Jake Kaimu, Inti Garcia, Milu Angelique, Brianna Coleman, Rafael Lemos, Jules Manning      – http://www.unifieldtribe.com/

This band is representing on behalf of the U-N-I-field through creative musical expression. Their original songs are inspired by genres from around the world. Be ready to dance! LOVE, PEACE, AND NAMASTE


Yardical cropped.jpgYardical – William Shively, Kevin Stephens, Collin Bryan a.k.a. Jah Fly, Byron “Boogie” Stephens, Najja Dread     – https://youtu.be/vm57kDpSmiE

Yardical reggae band hails from Las Vegas, Nevada. They play reggae in its authentic form. The members all have extensive careers performing with major artists all over the world.


youssoupha.jpgYoussoupha Sidibe    – http://Youssouphasidibe.bandcamp.com

Youssoupha is a Senegalese West African Kora (African Harp) player who blends reggae and Western music to create a beautiful, spiritual style.



After-Party: Atomic Liquors

Atomic LiquorsJoin the SW Tea Fest organizing team as we celebrate the close of a wonderful day of sharing and talking tea. Thanks to the team at Atomic Liquors, you will have a choice between two tea inspired concoctions. Cash bar will be available for signature drinks. Light appetizers will be provided by the SW Tea Fest team. Please RSVP if you will be joining us!

Tea Infused Signature Drinks

Moylan’s Afternoon Tea Light is an English style summer ale/ESB. This beer is dry hopped with Styrian Golding Hops and infused with over eight pounds of Earl Grey Tea. The combination creates a beer with a pleasant and spicy aroma for flavorful and easy drinking.

Atomic LiquorTea Thyme is your potent second option and boasts Hendricks gin,Tealet‘s Yame Shincha green tea syrup, Dolin Dry vermouth, cardamom bitters, and muddled thyme. This cocktail is stirred, strained, and served in a coupe glass and garnished with fresh thyme.