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Get Steeped at Fairmont

Publish Date: 24-Aug-2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Luxury Hotels Around the Globe To Host ‘Tea’rrific Events & Activities

TORONTO, August 24, 2011 – Pinkies up! From San Francisco to Shanghai, Fairmont has a long, illustrious history of serving the best Afternoon Tea in town.  To celebrate the luxury hotel brand’s historic connection to this cherished tradition, Fairmont has declared Saturday, November 12, 2011 as an “official” day to pay tribute to all things tea.  Get Steeped with Fairmont festivities will go on around the world and include everything from discounts for wearing fancy hats at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and signature “Tea-quila” cocktails at The Fairmont Dallas to a multi-cultural tea celebration at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui and a special “mana-tea” service at The Fairmont Turnberry in support of local species and habitat protection.  For a full listing of local Get Steeped events, tea fun facts, recipes and more, guests can visit

Tea Day celebrations at Fairmont hotels will be as diverse as the hotels hosting them.  In Victoria the regal Fairmont Empress - famed for its traditional Afternoon Tea - will have a tea sommelier on hand conducting tastings, while Switzerland’s Fairmont Le Montreux Palace will celebrate tea Swiss-style with finger sandwiches made with local cheese and beef along with mini meringue from Gruyère.  At Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers in Egypt, a tea station will be placed in the lobby along with home-made cookies and tea cakes.  Kenya’s historic Fairmont The Norfolk will invite restaurant guests to tour a neighboring tea estate, where they will be taken through the intricate techniques of growing & making tea.

Can’t tell a crumpet from a scone or think tea is something reserved for your grandmother and her high society gal pals? Don’t worry, as many Fairmonts are putting a modern spin on this age old beverage by serving up trendy tea-infused cocktails.  Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland will offer a tea cocktail menu throughout November, featuring delicious drinks such as the Tea and Toast-tini made with Fairmont Breakfast Tea Blend, Seville Orange Marmalade, Bombay Sapphire Gin and Fresh Lemon Juice.  In China, Fairmont Beijing will offer cocktails as well, using local Chinese teas to create the Chamomile Kiss and Jasmine Pearl.  The Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver will offer a flight of three warm (and spiked) teas paired with their Pastry Chef’s delectable pastries.  Hot Maple Tea with Sortilege liquor will be on offer at Quebec’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, while Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa’s Wine Country TEAsers will be crafted using Fairmont’s signature teas and authentically local Sonoma Valley wines.  Not to be outdone is The Fairmont Dallas, which will celebrate Texas style with a poolside BBQ and a Tea-Quila day featuring tea infused drinks made with tequila

Chari-TEA is also on the menu at Fairmont.  In Florida, The Fairmont Turnberry Isle will host a Save the Mana-teas event with chefs serving up a Miami-style iced tea using key limes, fresh basil, guava and mint accompanied by a guava tea biscuit or mini tart. Money raised from the event will go toward conservation efforts to help protect the endangered animal. Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park will offer Asian Tea Time benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which will feature a tea time dim sum where Chef Beverly will be available to describe her creations as well as Asian tea pairing concepts.
Kids who want to be in on the fun won’t be left behind either, with an Afternoon Tea etiquette class on offer at The Fairmont San Francisco that will feature a hat fashion show presented by San Francisco’s famed Mrs. Dewson’s Hats.  A special Teddy Bear Tea in Hamburg at Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten will feature tea and hot drinks in addition to specialty sweets and games in the hotel’s ballroom, while at The Fairmont San Jose the hotel will host a Mommy & Me Tea Party day with a Book Reading event.

Located in world-class destinations around the globe, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of hotels that includes landmark locations like London’s The Savoy, New York’s The Plaza, and Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel. With more than 60 hotels, Fairmont is known as much for its warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences, as its classic hotels that imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication and social importance and are often considered destinations in their own right. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also regarded for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit

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