Not unlike the "Magical Mystery Tour," Kulov's "Gypsy Tea Experience" will take passengers on a trip by coach to a place where adventures can be had.
Unlike the Beatles' film, the excitement sought on this ride is not random. The point is simple -- the point is tea.
Hosted and curated by L.A. tea master Kulov, "The Gypsy Tea Experience" will take tea lovers from Culver City to Ojai by bus. On Sunday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the tour will begin at Royal/T with a light breakfast and a guided tour of the gallery's latest art exhibition, "The Warholian."
In honor of Fair Trade Month, the bus tour will end at Zhena's Gypsy Tea in Ojai. Founder Zhena Muzyka was one of the early pioneers of the fair-trade movement.
Guests will be treated to tea-infused foods from Zhena's personal recipes, a tour of the Gypsy Tea headquarters, and a tea blending workshop, where participants will learn to create their own signature teas.
Kulov said his goal is providing tea lovers with unique tea experiences: This year's tea tour is the third time Kulov has taken tea lovers out in the world to tea destinations.
He said about the tours' beginnings, "When the Fowler Museum of Cultural History in Los Angeles was putting together their comprehensive exhibition 'Steeped in History: The Art of Tea in 2009,' they asked me to create something for their programming to run in conjunction with that exhibition."
"The Fowler’s programming manager, Bonnie Poon, and I wanted to create something more unusual, which would expand the tea exhibition beyond the gallery walls. So instead of bringing our tea masters, educators, and purveyors to the museum, we decided to take the Fowler’s audience to them … on a bus."
Tea and travel and art? How can it not be a lovely day?
Space is limited to only 25 passengers. Tickets are $80 per person ($150 per couple). Details at www.kulovteafest.com.
-- Lori Kozlowski
Art courtesy of www.kulovteafest.com.