Coffee & Tea Festival- Brooklyn, NY: March 23rd & 24th, 2019

14th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC

March 23-24, 2019

Brooklyn Expo Center

Join more than 75 exhibitors from around the nation as they pour tastings of their finest coffees and teas, and introduce you to new and award-winning products! This international extravaganza celebrating all things coffee and tea will offer two days of seminars from well-known industry pros and pioneers, pairings, tastings and more! The exhibit hall will also feature some of the most delectable sweet and savory foods to compliment the spectacular collection of local and national coffees and teas. Get your ticket early and save! Find us on Facebook or subscribe to our updates for discount promo codes and additional information.


FAQ

WHERE IS THE EVENT BEING HELD?

Brooklyn EXPO Center, 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222.

HOW DO I GET TO THE EVENT?

Please visit our directions page for information on how to get to the event.

WHAT ARE THE SHOW HOURS?

Saturday, March 23, 2019
VIP Session: 10AM – 5PM
GA Session: 12PM – 5PM
Rush Session: 3PM – 5PM

Sunday, March 24, 2019
VIP Session: 10AM – 4PM
GA Session: 12PM – 4PM

HOW DO I BUY TICKETS FOR THE EVENT?

Please visit our tickets page to purchase tickets for the festival in advance. We recommend you purchasing your ticket in advance to avoid being sold out and to avoid paying extra at the door.

CAN I BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR?

Tickets will only be available at the door if the event is not sold out.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO GET INTO THE FESTIVAL?

The Coffee & Tea Festival is a family friendly event. However, we encourage strong supervision of children since there will be hot liquids at many exhibitor’s tables. Event staff and volunteers are not responsible for any supervision of attendees. Children are not allowed into the seminar areas.

AM I PERMITTED TO LEAVE THE FESTIVAL AND COME BACK LATER IN THE DAY?

Yes, but you must request a reentry wristband.

IS THERE A DISCOUNTED PRICE ON THE TICKETS FOR CHILDREN, SENIORS AND MILITARY?

Children 12 and under are admitted into the festival for free. Anyone over the age of 12 needs to purchase a ticket. Seniors (over 65) and active military or veterans, can purchase a discounted general admission ticket for $5. Please call 631-940-7290 to purchase your ticket.

ARE STROLLERS PERMITTED?

Due to limited space between exhibitor booths and festival attendees, aisles can be tight at times and make it difficult for stroller use and navigation. Therefore, strollers are not permitted!

ARE PETS PERMITTED?

For your own safety and the safety of other guests, pets are not permitted with the exception of guide/therapy dogs who must carry proper identification tags.

WILL FOOD BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE?

Yes. There will be several exhibitors with a delicious array of food to purchase and a food truck stationed outside of the venue. However, the area itself has wonderful local options for you to leave the festival and dine at then come back to the festival for more!

IS SMOKING PERMITTED AT THE FESTIVAL?

Smoking is not permitted inside of the festival/venue; this includes electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.

WILL PARKING BE AVAILABLE?

Street parking is available but limited. We encourage all attendees to make use of public transportation. Please check our directions page for transportation/direction options. The nearest parking garages are about a 15-20 minute walk away:

William Vale Hotel Valet Garage
(Sherman Parking)
113 N. 12th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Bedford Avenue Garage
(Impark Parking)
177 N. 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Festival organizers, Starfish Junction, are not responsible for travel related expenses to/from the event and do not have any association with parking garages to determine pricing.

IS THERE A COAT CHECK?

Yes. Coats can be checked for a small fee of $2/item which will be donated to the event’s charity partner.

WILL THERE BE A PLACE TO STORE LUGGAGE IF I AM COMING IN FROM OUT OF TOWN?

Unfortunately, we do not have room to store luggage at the event. Additionally, suitcases will not be allowed on the festival floor. We recommend checking into your hotel before coming to the festival.

ARE SEMINARS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF ADMISSION?

There are many wonderful seminars to attend that are included with regular admission, should you wish to participate. Please click here to view a full listing of seminars.

IS THERE EVENT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, the venue is fully accessible. However, aisle crowding may make it difficult for wheelchairs and assisted walking devices such as walkers.

ARE THERE HOTELS IN THE AREA?

Yes, please visit the lodging page for information.

WILL I BE ABLE TO MAKE PURCHASES OF PRODUCTS I LIKE?

Yes, many exhibitors will have products available to purchase, should you like to. We recommend attendees to bring cash to the event if they expect to make purchases. However, many exhibitors do accept credit cards. There is an ATM available at the venue.

ARE THERE ANY TASTINGS?

Exhibitors offer various tastings of their own products. However, there will also be tastings available through select seminars. Special tastings will require a reservation and a small materials fee. Please visit the seminars page for additional details.

CAN I VOLUNTEER?

Yes, we welcome volunteers at the event. Please visit our volunteer page for additional information.

CAN I GET A MEDIA PASS FOR THE EVENT?

Yes, if you are a member of the media (including qualified bloggers), please visit our press page.

I BOUGHT TICKETS AS A GIFT BUT THEY SAY MY NAME. WILL THE GIFT RECIPIENT HAVE A PROBLEM GETTING IN?

No, the ticket purchaser’s name is not checked upon entry. When attendees are processed into the event, their ticket is scanned for authenticity and validity.

CAN I TAKE AN UBER OR A LYFT?

Yes. The address you should enter as your destination is 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, which will take you to the entrance of the Brooklyn Expo Center.

ARE PHOTOS TAKEN AT THIS EVENT?

Yes, look out for our event photographer at the event and strike a pose. Check back here, at the event website, and/or on the event’s Facebook page for photos after the event to see if you are included in the event photo album. Some photos of attendees may be used for promotional purposes; as a ticketholder of the event, you grant us permission to do so and for your likeness to be used. 


Directions

Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

By Train (recommended)
From the G-Train (green line) at the Greenpoint Avenue MTA station:

  • Take the G-Train to the Greenpoint Avenue station and walk west on Greenpoint Avenue to Franklin Street.
  • Turn south (left) on to Franklin Street and continue to the corner of Noble and Franklin.
  • Make a right down Noble for the expo center entrance.

From the G-Train (green line) at the Nassau Avenue MTA station:

  • Walk north on Manhattan Avenue turn west (left) onto Noble.
  • Continue on Noble, past Franklin, for the expo center entrance.

From the L-Train (grey line):

  • Walk west on Bedford to Kent Avenue.
  • At Kent, turn north (right) and continue on Kent until it turns into Franklin Street and bisects Noble.
  • At Noble, make a left to follow the street to the expo center entrance.

Click here for the NYC Subway Map.

By Bus

  • The expo center is accessible by both the B32 and B24 buses. For the Brooklyn Bus Map, click here.

By CitiBike

By the NYC Ferry

  • The NYC Ferry makes a stop in Greenpoint on the East River (ER) ferry route. The Greenpoint ferry terminal is located at 10 India Street in Brooklyn, which is about six blocks north of the expo center.

Visit the NYC Ferry website for fare info and ferry schedules.

Parking
Street parking is available but limited. There is no attendee parking available at the expo center. The nearest parking garages are about a 15-20 minute walk away:

  • William Vale Hotel Valet Garage
    (Sherman Parking)
    113 N. 12th Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Bedford Avenue Garage
    (Impark Parking)
    177 N. 11th Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11249

Festival organizers, Starfish Junction, do not have any association with parking garages to determine pricing or spot availability.


Lodging

Over 19 million people populate the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island region; and over 8 million people call New York City, specifically, home with over 2.6 million of them living in Brooklyn. Brooklyn is the largest of New York City’s five boroughs by population and second-largest by area. With 2.6 million people, it is the second most densely populated county in the nation!

These large numbers mixed with the over 50 million people that visit New York City annually (international and domestic travelers), account for over $40 billion annually in direct visitor spending. According to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, about 15 million visitors come to the Brooklyn borough each year contributing to the economy by spending on hotels, restaurants and other attractions – including the Coffee & Tea Festival! To support this growing trend, 13 new hotels were completed in recent years, and nine more are slated for completion.

Below is a list of nearby hotels to the Brooklyn Expo Center. Neither the Coffee & Tea Festival nor its producers are affiliated with any hotel or offer any discounted room rates. All event ticketholders are responsible for their own lodging, if needed. The list below includes lodging options located within a short distance from the venue (other options are located at a further distance). Please make sure to do your own research on the form of lodging that you decide on to make sure it is the right fit for you!

The Coffee & Tea Festival’s Official Hotel Partner!
Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Queens/Queensboro Bridge
29-27 40th Road
Long Island City, NY 11101
718-482-0110 
Marriott.com

Courtyard Long Island City/New York Manhattan View
29-15 Queens Plaza North
Long Island City, NY 11101
718-786-0003
Marriott.com

Aloft Long Island City – Manhattan View
27-45 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
718-433-9305
AloftLongIslandCityManhattanView.com

Four Points by Sheraton Long Island City/Queensboro Bridge
27-05 39th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
718-786-8500
StarwoodHotels.com

The Box House Hotel
77 Box Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
718-383-3800 
TheBoxHouseHotel.com

Henry Norman Hotel
251 North Henry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
718-951-6000
HenryNormanHotel.com

McCarren Hotel & Pool
160 North 12th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
718-218-7500
McCarrenHotel.com

Paper Factory Hotel
37-06 36th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
718-392-7200
PaperFactoryHotel.com


Charity

“You found a great cup of coffee… they found education.”

Coffee: we all love it, and some of us need it to get by, but have you ever stopped to think about where all that coffee came from or who picked it? Sadly, in many coffee communities around the world children live impoverish lives lacking education, technology, and fun. Children are losing the ability to have a childhood and an education as we sip away to our cups of coffee.

Cup for Education is a non-profit organization that is helping poor, rural coffee communities of Central and Latin America build schools within their communities, and assist in providing them with teachers and the basic tools needed to educate future generations of coffee farmers. Cup for Education has bettered the education of children in over eight countries through the implementation of schools, computer labs, libraries, playgrounds, and more.

“Perhaps we can make the world a little better with the power of the paper, pen, written word and our actions.” – Karen Gordon, Founder of Cup for Education

To learn more or donate to Cup for Education, visit www.cupforeducation.org or visit the Cup for Education booth at the festival.

All proceeds from coat check will go directly to Cup for Education. Cup for Education will also be sampling and selling their private blend of coffee.


Seminars

The Coffee & Tea Festival is currently recruiting speakers for festival seminars. Please click here if you are interested in becoming a speaker and would like to submit a proposal.

Attendees should come back to this page closer to the festival for the full seminar schedule as seminars will be added as they are confirmed. Note that seminars are subject to change.

2019 SPECIAL SEMINARS
Sponsored by: Serendipitea 

Participation fees apply – please purchase additional seminar ticket(s). Seating is limited.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019

** Additional seminars to be announced. Seminars subject to change without notice. Please check back for updates.**


Tea Course Fast Track
Presented ByGail Gastelu, Producer of TeaCourse.com
Sponsored By: TeaCourse.com
Participation Fee$199 per person, early-bird pricing until 2/22/19; $245 per person thereafter (pre-register early to save money! Tea Course Fast Track ticketholders also receive VIP access to the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC either day of the festival and one guaranteed VIP gift bag.)

A half-day (four hour) seminar and tasting/cupping session introducing you to TEA (Camellia sinensis), what it is, where it’s grown, how it’s harvested, uses, product applications, and health benefits too. Explore the business side of tea including purchasing guidelines, trends, insight, marketing ideas, and news. Experience tea cupping and learn how to distinguish quality. Taste and compare white, green, oolong, and black teas to understand differences. Learn proper techniques and how to serve. Learn about tea industry resources, how to find suppliers, additional education, associations, and more.All attendees receive a flash drive with additional reading, eBooks, resources, and special offers worth more than the class fee! Additionally, attendees will receive a cupping set (to keep), tea sampling and bonus program materials.

  • for any type of business interested in adding tea as an additional profit center or any person thinking about starting a tea-related business

About TeaCourse.com:
Tea Course is online, continuing education produced by The Tea House Times (a bi-monthly publication connecting businesses and consumers since 2003) with the purpose of helping tea businesses stay in business.  Includes more than 400 topics and weekly updates/additions and regular tea market reports since 2008. All participants of Tea Course Fast Track receive a free introductory trial to TeaCourse.com

About Gail Gastelu:

Gail Gastelu is owner/publisher of The Tea House Times, producer of Tea Course and Tea Course Fast Track, co-owner of Tea Etiquette Certified and frequent presenter at tea and/or coffee shows nationwide. Connecting businesses and consumers since 2003, her passion and drive is to help tea businesses grow by providing many services beneficial to the tea industry. The publication, news, education, hosted blogs, special features, and resources may be found by visiting TheTeaHouseTimes.comwebsite. Gail recently created the nationwide #DrinkTea Campaign with the Tea Council of the USA. Gail currently serves on the Tea Association of the USA’s Specialty Tea Institute Advisory Board and over the years has been an officer or advisory board member to several associations, trade shows, and organizations.


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