The spouse and I have registered to attend the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas June 5th through the 8th. This is the largest trade show in the world for the tea business. From what I can gather there will be between 5,000 and 10,000 attendees, and over 200 exhibitors. We are excited for this opportunity to get introduced to the business of tea.
We will be attending the New Business Boot Camp, two days of training for new businesses. The first day is all business classes. Some of those, like the "What do I Charge?" class, look like things we can really use. The second day is the World Origin Tasting tour. We will get to sample teas from China, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nepal, Japan, and Taiwan. I think this will be a lot of fun, but probably an overwhelming avalanche of information.
Friday starts the convention proper. We are looking forward to checking out some vendor presentations, and just wandering the exhibitors booths.
Saturday, the spouse will be taking a class on marketing, while I will taking a class on how to properly evaluate tea. There is also a networking reception Saturday evening. That should give us a chance to chat with a variety of folks in the business.
We are not, currently, planning on staying for Sunday. We should be able to see everything by Saturday.
We are eagerly anticipating this event. It should be a fun and education few days. Unfortunately, they don't allow pictures in the exhibitors hall, or at any of the presentations. I'll see what I can legitimately get, and we will post them after the event, or even during if I can get Internet access.