‘Steeped’ in tradition, there are few must-do’s in Victoria as famous as Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress.
Since 1908, the afternoon ritual has been a Victorian institution; royalty, celebrities, dignitaries have all taken a seat in the elegant Tea Lobby. You and I can also settle into a high wing-back chair at a handcraved table amongst the luxurious chintz & tapestries of the Tea Lobby.
Seated by one of the knowledgeable tea servers, the Tea service begins with some hand-dipped strawberries, followed by tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire scream and pastries presented on elegant china with tea in a sterling silver service. Enjoying each tier of the food, slowly savouring the tasty treats, and sipping on a pot of Empress Blend tea makes time stand still as you drift back to a bygone era.
Now Fairmont Hotels & Resorts encourages everyone from Maui to Dubai and beyond to “Get Steeped” as they declare Saturday, November 12 “Worldwide Tea Day”. Stop by your closest Fairmont Hotel or Resort for some ‘Tea-riffic’ events.
Take in traditional Afternoon Teas at The Fairmont Empress and Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or try the brand new Asian inspired Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, featuring the spiked tea cocktail “Earl Grey 99” in celebration of this month’s 99th Grey Cup festivities. The Fairmont Waterfront and Fairmont Vancouver Airport also introduce new afternoon tea services, with traditional and spiked teas to enjoy.
Get further into the spirit with fancy hat contests, special overnight accommodation /tea packages. Why not take the kids too, Prince & Princess Tea at the Empress or Eloise Tea at The Plaza are perfect for a tea party for the younger set.
For a full list of the global events happening for “Tea Day” visit the Get Steeped With Fairmont website.