World Tea Expo - What counts as "in the business?"
If my understanding is correct; you have to be in the business to attend, unless you are attending the New Business Bootcamp. I’m not quite ready for Bootcamp yet, but I would love to attend one of the skill classes. (My eventual goal is to open a tea room.)
Do either of these two pieces of information qualify me, to the best of your knowledge?
-I work as a pastry assistant in a boutique hotel and restaurant that currently serves only bagged tea. Do I need an invite, as I’ve had with the food shows I’ve attended? Would this require anything of my employer?
-I am a recent Baking and Pastry certificate graduate, and could easily go back for a few classes I’ve had my eye on. (I see there is a student rate, I don’t know what this applies to.)
Best bet is to contact them directly. The folks there were very helpful in letting me attend the World Tea East event for the last two years.
Yeah contact them and ask. I guess you can easily count as “in the business” and can get free pass to attend. My understanding is, that is a B2B event, so as long as you are a (potential) small business owner or a (potential) end of the chain service employee, you are a potential customer of the event. Basically, they want potential customers to attend for free and potential suppliers (wholesale suppliers, farms, etc.) and businesses that intend to advertise themselves to pay a fee.