10 DAYS OF 10 YEARS
Artfarm was born out of a desire to grow and share our passion for tea, food and art. The idea sprouted when we moved from Vancouver to the Cowichan Valley in 2003. The actual concept was launched in August of 2008 with a Day of Art & Tea, a circuslike celebration of art, dance, tea and more. It was then that we started importing teas and that we introduced our very first tea blends.
In 2010, we decided to establish our place in the world of tea by planting actual tea – camellia sinensis – in Cowichan soil. We started with 200 seedlings and over the years we have added another 600 plants to our tea garden. With the tea plants happily growing roots on our 11-acre farm, Artfarm became Teafarm. We added a new line of artisan blended teas and expanded the existing tea selection.
Over the years, we have found inspiration from the diverse world of tea and have hosted a variety of tea culture events. These events have served as occasions to celebrate tea in all the many ways it is enjoyed daily the world over. Thus, our Moroccan friends have helped us transform the garden patio tents into an exotic Moroccan tea experience. Fresh mint, gunpowder green tea sweetened Moroccan style and poured into authentic glass cups served to guests seated on cushions in the sweltering heat of the Summer… the Cowichan Valley transformed to a Northern African tea ceremony!
We have also taken people down the rabbit hole at the farm several times with our Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatter Tea Party. The table has been set for guests to come dressed as their favourite characters and to delight on cakes and teas.
We have shared a taste of Argentina, hosting our Tea & Tango evening event in the restored barn teashop. A tango performance accompanied by tango music set the scene for folks to enjoy South American yerba mate enjoyed out of traditional gourds. A truly unique and memorable tea culture experience.
In 2016 we released Canada’s first single origin terroir tea. And, with the increased focus on place and roots, we decided to change the name from Teafarm to Westholme Tea Company.
Today, Westholme Tea Company consists of a tea garden, teashop, tearoom, gallery, studio and production facility. We create artisan tea blends from meticulously sourced organic loose teas and certified ingredients. We derive great inspiration from other tea cultures across the world and continue to grow a home for everything tea here on the West Coast.
10 Days of 10 Years will celebrate the evolution of Westholme Tea Company, from its beginnings as “Art Farm” in 2008 – a concept born of a desire to grow and share a passion for tea, food and art – to its current form as a tea farm, teashop, gallery, studio and production facility.
Guests are invited to relive the essence of Westholme’s 10-year history, kicking off with “A Day of Art & Tea” on August 1st. Every day until August 10th, guests will be welcomed to the farm to experience a variety of Westholme’s best-known events over the years:
Wednesday, August 1 – A Day of Art & Tea
Artists Coco Jones and Francoise Moulin will have representative pieces from exhibits past on display. Weaving art and tea together has been the core of what Artfarm began and Westholme Tea Farm continues to create. Experience the 12 Chinese Zodiac teas revived for the occasion.
Nature being the artwork surrounding all things here, enjoy the offerings from our a la carte Tea Tasting Menu in the garden patio or tearoom.
Join us from 10am-5pm to experience it all. No charge for this event.
Thursday, August 2 – The Tutu Event
Our Annual Seconds Sale is held every February 2ndat 2pm. It is a fun and busy carnivalesque event that offers a true bargain on the slightly flawed ceramic pieces that have been produced throughout the year. People are invited to don their favourite tutus and are offered 22% off non-reduced clay pieces from the Gallery.
On August 2ndwe will celebrate a version of our Annual Seconds Sale. Although, the ceramic seconds are being stored until February, Margit will honour the original essence of the Tutu Sale by offering 22% off all ceramic Gallery pieces. To receive the savings a real Tutu must be worn. Come have some fun.
Our regular a la carte Tea Tasting Menu is available throughout the day. No charge for the event. Reservation suggested.
Friday & Saturday, August 3 & 4 – Moroccan Tea Experience
We will be pouring Moroccan style tea all day for your tea culture experience. Fresh mint is combined with green Gunpowder tea and sugar served in Moroccan glasses. $25/pot. Also available for purchase will be locally made authentic Kaab el Ghazal, a traditional sweet not to be missed.
Call 250.748.3811 or email [email protected] to reserve this unique experience.
Available all day 10am-5pm. No charge for entry.
Sunday, August 5 – Jazzy Tea Sunday
We are tipping our hat to the wonderful musicians who have made Sundays in the past Summers a very Jazzy affair.
Reservations for the patio are suggested. A la carte Tea Tasting Menu is available.
$5 for patio seating. Music is from 1-3pm.
Teashop, tearoom and gallery are open 10am-5pm.
Monday & Tuesday, August 6 & 7 – Tea & Tango
A taste of Argentina comes alive again as we celebrate past Tea & Tango events. Yerba Mate is served in traditional gourds complemented by sweet and delicate Alfajores de Maicena, a combination that will taste and feel like South America. Tango music will be wafting through the barn tearoom and who knows what else might happen in the heat of the moment!
A la carte menu and feature available 10am-5pm. No charge for the event. Reservation suggested.
Wednesday & Thursday, August 8 & 9 – Mad Hatter Tea Party
We invite you to travel down the Rabbit hole with us as we rediscover Alice in her Wonderland. Come dressed for the occasion and enjoy a special tea party inspired sweet feature. $10 for the goodies and tea selection is a la carte.
Available all day. No charge for the event. Reservation suggested.
Friday, August 10 – Canadian Tea Experience
Tour Canada’s only commercial tea farm with tea maker Victor Vesely and be part of a very authentic tea experience.
The garden terraces will be where we share the story of tea traditions, tea harvest and our tea making journey. History meets innovation in this one of a kind 30-45 minute tour experience.
The adventure begins at 10:30am and 2pm. $10/person reservation required.
Farm grown Canadian tea will be served by the pot and can be paired with our feature local chees plate.
New Summer harvest teas will be released on the day as well.
This truly unique tea event is yours to enjoy from 10am-5pm.
Our regular a la carte menu is available as well. No charge for entry.
We look forward to seeing you at the farm.