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Field study trip - Arakai Estate tea farm

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We are so pleased to be able to offer a unique field trip experience to visit our friends and award-winning artisan tea makers, More ›

The Steepery Tea Co. - Arakai Estate Field Trip tour
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We are so pleased to be able to offer a unique field trip experience to visit our friends and award-winning artisan tea makers, Arakai Estate. This is a unique opportunity to visit an Australian tea garden and take a look behind the scenes to see how their exceptional teas are grown, harvested and produced.

The Steepery Tea Co. is focussed on relevant tea education and we feel the experience of interacting with tea at origin is unparalleled. Creating an opportunity for you to have a sensory experience with tea is the intention behind this field trip.  

We have worked with Arakai Estate to identify a time in the year that would balance their commercial tea production requirements and being able to share their valuable time, insight and knowledge. So whilst commercial production has finished for the 2018/19 season it presents a wonderful opportunity for this field trip to take place. 

We will spend the day with the Estate's tea makers, Brendon and Darryl, being shown the various stages of tea making. We are aiming to show the steps in processing both green and black tea to be able to give you a broad appreciation and understanding of how two tea types are created from the same leaves.

Lunch is included in this experience and will be catered by the local Bellthorpe ladies. It was an exceptional spread last time we visited! And there will be opportunities for tea breaks along the way. 

Arakai Estate has been commercially producing their teas since September 2015 and has gained notoriety in these short years for producing exceptional and international award-winning green and black teas.

To ensure that all the participants on this tour have an opportunity to fully experience Arakai Estate's hospitality there are only 15 tickets available to this event. Please be quick to buy your ticket to avoid disappointment.  

There will be an opportunity on the day to purchase the Arakai Estate teas straight from the farm.

Date: Saturday, 11 May 2019

Duration: This is a full day programme commencing at 9:30 am. concluding in the afternoon.    

Programme:  The tour will commence with a welcome and introduction from our hosts at Arakai Estate.  We will likely get straight into some green tea processing before heading to the field. You will be introduced to the types of tea that are produced at the Estate and we will be back in the shed for lunch. We will continue exploring the processing methods after lunch and this will round out the afternoon. Of course, we envisage many opportunities for tea breaks that present a great time to reflect and ask questions. I will also use this time to share my experiences seeing tea processed in other tea growing regions. The best part of the field trip is access to Arakai Estate's tea makers and lots of opportunities to ask questions and experience the tea making first hand.    

This is an indication of the plan for the day depending on weather and other factors this is subject to change. 

FAQs: 

Clothing

We ask that all attendees wear closed in shoes, no long or loose clothing/hair/jewellery, we recommend you bring a hat and wear long sleeves for the outdoor time. 

Transport

Please be aware that this ticket does not include transport to Arakai Estate. You will need to make your own arrangements to travel to the Estate. If you are interested in car pooling from the Brisbane area please contact us directly and we can share your details with others that also may be interested.

Lunch and dietary requirements

Lunch will be provided. If you do have any dietary requirements could you please let me know directly at the time of purchasing your tickets so we can ensure that you are catered for. 

We will send a confirmation email of the tickets purchased and written driving instructions in advance of this tour. 

You can read more about Arakai Estate here.

The visit to Arakai Estate is open to anyone that has an interest in tea. There is no pre-assumed level of knowledge.

Please be aware this is a field study tour to a working farm. We will spend the day moving around between the tea garden and the processing shed. Some areas we may access in the Estate is over hilly terrain.

Here are the Workshop Terms and Conditions…

All The Steepery Tea Co. workshop dates and times are subject to availability. For up-to-date availability of workshops, please contact The Steepery Tea Co. on 0403 110 201 or email hello@thesteepery.com.au.

Please refer to all information provided regarding individual workshop details and requirements. Confirmation of your booking will constitute your agreement to the terms and conditions as outlined below.

Meals & Dietary Requirements
If the workshop includes meals, attendees are asked to notify The Steepery Tea Co. of any special dietary requirements when making the booking.

Payment and cancellation procedures
Where charges apply, The Steepery Tea Co.workshops must be paid for in advance by credit or debit card.

We are unable to issue refunds for cancellation on the part of the attendee.

The Steepery Tea Co. reserves the right to cancel or alter any workshop. All workshop dates and times are subject to change, but The Steepery Tea Co. will endeavour to ensure workshops are held on the committed dates/times, unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as the host/s being unable to attend due to illness, or other unforeseen circumstances. The Steepery Tea Co. will inform the participants with as much notice as possible on these occasions.

We require a minimum of 2 attendees for the workshop to go ahead. In the event that the workshop does not go ahead as scheduled, you will be offered a refund in full. 

Should a cancellation become necessary by the The Steepery Tea Co. the attendee will have the choice of attending an alternative workshop (and where this is a lower price, The Steepery Tea Co. will refund the difference), or withdrawing from the workshop and, where applicable, accepting a refund of the cost of that specific workshop to The Steepery Tea Co.

No cancellation penalties (including travel expenses to and from the workshop, or accommodation costs) will be paid out in the event of workshop cancellations by The Steepery Tea Co. 

Location & Venue

Arakai Estate

127 Keir Road
Bellthorpe, QLD, 4514
Australia

We have it on good authority from our friends at Arakai Estate that if you follow your GPS you might be sent on a bit of wild goose chase. 

Here are some written directions Brisbane & Sunshine Coast

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From Brisbane head north on M1 then take exit 152, stay in right exit lane towards Kilcoy.

Head west on D'Aguilar highway, 7km after Woodford turn right into Kilcoy-Beerwah Rd.

After a bit less than 10km take left turn Nonmus Rd towards Bellthorpe.

Stay left at the camp grounds onto Bellthorpe Range Rd, enjoy the climb up the mountain - steep windy road, a bit narrow in places but in good condition.

At top of the range keep left at intersection to stay on Bellthorpe Range Rd.

After 1.8km take first right at the Community Hall onto Keir Rd.

Follow to end, through metal gates (127) onto gravel road.

Driveway is 1km long, head towards the first house you see and park in front of the sheds.

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You have a few options to get onto the range from the Sunshine Coast.

Up through Nambour/Mapleton, Palmwoods/Montville, Landsborough/Maleny or Beerwah/Peachester.  Take your pick they're all lovely!

You want to get to Maleny-Stanley River rd and turn into Bellthorpe via Mears lane.

This road becomes Gap Rd then Campbell Rd then arrives at the intersection of Bellthorpe Range Rd.

Turn Right, after 1.8km take first right at the Community Hall onto Keir Rd.

Follow to end, through metal gates (127) onto gravel road.

Driveway is 1km long, head towards the first house you see and park in front of the sheds.

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