Even though the tea industry was largely unscathed during the recent earthquake in Nepal, the supporters within the tea industry are helping by having a special dinner. Please continue reading to see the details and a link to more information.
L’Espalier tea sommelier Cindy Gold in Boston is hosting a $125 five-course tea pairing/dinner on May 31 with $50 going to Nepal quake victims. A silent auction including a private pastry lesson with L’Espalier pastry chef Jared Bacheller, rare teas, tea accessories and equipment, a number of signed books, original artwork, a tea trip to India!, a class with the World Tea Academy, a stay at the Mandarin, and various gift certificates will be available for bidding throughout the evening, with all proceeds being donated. Call 617-262-3023 to make a reservation.
Nepal’s tea gardens and factories emerged largely unscathed following a week of earthquakes estimated to have killed at least 10,000 Nepalese.
Except in Sindhupalchowk, there were minimal injuries and little damage to Nepal’s tea industry, according to traders, growers and HIMCOOP, a tea co-operative. The word is less encouraging from downtown Kathmandu where 8,000 died and 20,000 were injured during a 7.9 magnitude quake on April 25. Eight million people were affected by the quake according to the United Nations with 1.4 million in need of food. Tens of thousands remain homeless.
Hardest hit was Sindhupalchowk district north of Kathmandu where 29 garden workers and their families perished in a landslide. “This garden is not in the traditional tea growing region of the far east,” writes Chandra Bhushan, managing director at Tea Direct, located in Sandakphu.
The headquarters of many tea companies are located in the capital which did not fare as well as the gardens, according to tea professionals. The death count continues to rise due to severe aftershocks like the 7.3 jolt that injured 2,500 last Tuesday. On Saturday the region experienced a 5.7 magnitude aftershock. The aftermath of landslides is adding to the death toll as excavation continues in remote areas. Aftershocks are expected to continue for many months and the monsoon season begins the first of June.
Courtesy of World Tea News
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