Fancy Foods Show San Francisco
Today we went to Fancy Foods Show in San Francisco. I was looking at products I might use in a small tea business, especially products and packaging made locally. But of course I also wanted to check out teas and tea-related products! I thought this was a great opportunity to introduce the Traveling Teapot around.
The morning started with breakfast of cooked oats (hardy and long-lasting) and tea, Yunnan Gold from Dan Robertson of The Tea House in Napiersville, IL. A good friend, Babette, was visiting, and you can see she was working away on the computer bright and early, preparing for her workday at the Fancy Foods! I was thrilled that I could again share the plum Teapot.
There were a number of tea businesses at the show- big and small. I tried to get photos of the Traveling Teapot with many of them. The Republic of Tea does not allow photos of their displays, hence the lovely fountain with the Teapot! I really wanted to get a photo with John Harney, but the Harney and Sons’ booth was 3-4 people deep and I was too shy to push forward.
This was a mother-daughter team at Revolution Tea from Phoenix, AZ- very nice tea in sachet bags.
I LOVE Sencha Naturals mints, so I excitedly shared them with the Traveling Teapot. I also really like the little glass teapot dispensers.
And here the Teapot is checking out Numi Gardens' new line of Savory Teas- vegetables, herbs and spices mixed with decaf tea. Interesting, but not to my liking.
The Traveling Teapot was definitely a hit. People loved the teapot and its story, as well as the opportunity to share in a picture. At the Sencha Naturals booth, as I was setting up for a picture, a woman stopped and reached out for the Teapot, saying “Oh, how beautiful! Are you selling this too!” She wanted to know where could she get a cozy like that- I of course told her to search online for Marmalady.
After a day wandering the concrete halls, carrying the Teapot and, as the day progressed, more and more brochures and giveaways- I left with aching feet and absolutely exhausted. Was it the concrete floors, the all-day stimulation, or just age sneaking up? Whatever- I came home, fixed a simple dinner and rested, with my feet up, sipping a cup of Imperial Tea Court Spearmint tea.