Sip, discuss and learn about the world’s most consumed beverage — second to water — at the ninth annual Los Angeles Tea Festival. Whether you prefer Darjeeling, Oolong or Pu-erh, the dozens of exhibitors at the two-day event will display teas and related products from all cultures, while speakers lead classes and workshops on topics ranging from “Diversity of Ceylon Teas” to “Benefits of Tea in Soap” to “Cannabis 101.” Industry experts will also demonstrate how to properly prepare and serve during a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, how to pair tea with cheese and chocolate, and how to make your own blend. Magic Box at the Reef, 1933 S. Broadway, Historic South-Central; Sat., Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $20. (213) 763-5715,

(Courtesy of the Los Angeles Tea Festival)

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