Moon gazing late into the night surrounded by family and friends, indulging in sinfully delicious once-a-year sweets, and playing with bright and colourful lanterns… what's not to love about the time-honoured mid autumn festival?
One of the reasons we love travel and the world of tea, is the wonderful myriad of traditions and celebrations that we uncover. Most involve food, and many, especially Chinese ones, are accompanied by tea! Having lived a while in a few Asian cities- we’ve been fortunate enough to experience this vibrant festival for ourselves and it’s definitely one to savour in every sense of the word!
Historically in gratitude for harvest, the festival is timed to the autumnal harvest moon - the time of year that the moon is said to be at its brightest and roundest- and as such, mooncakes are indispensable. Traditionally lotus paste cakes encasing a full “moon shaped” egg yolk (to represent circles of completeness and unity), there are now a host of variations, including delightful ice mooncakes, in all their pastel prettiness.
Don’t let the delicate pastry detailing fool you, these treats definitely require a good cup of tea to cleanse the palette. In fact, tea and mooncakes are a classic combination- but just what you drink will decide on what's in your mooncake, and your tea palette. For us, full bodied blends with a touch of astringency balance out the dense richness of traditional cakes, while lighter smooth teas match the iced delights perfectly.
Just like chinese teas, you’ll find mid autumn festival celebrations all around the world so start wanderlusting, where will you experience this tea time?