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Mother’s Day tea to focus local foods and talent


PICTOU – In her native England, Louise Davidson enjoyed getting dressed up to attend high tea with her family. Now she’s bringing the tradition to her adopted country.

Camilla MacDonald, left, and Louise Davidson enjoy a cup a tea as they plan for the upcoming Mother’s Day High Tea event in Pictou on Saturday. Sueann Musick – the News

Davidson is co-owner and operator of Northshore Events, which is organizing A Mother's Day High Tea that will showcase local foods and talents.

“We just thought it would be a really nice thing to do for Mother’s Day,” she said. “It’s my favourite food to eat and it’s a bit of something different.”

The event will take place on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the historic Palace Theatre in Pictou.

“It’s the perfect gift and experience for the special mothers, daughters, wives and grandmothers of Pictou County,” she said.

Davidson was born and raised in London, and moved to Pictou County in 2010. She’s looking forward to sharing some of the culture that she misses from her home and believes that Pictou County will love the traditional English high tea.

She encourages people attending the tea to dress up for the occasion, and prizes will be awarded for the best hat.

The Carillon Singers will provide entertainment, and local businesses such as Canapé Cafe, Stone Soup Cafe, and Michelle MacNeil Worthen of Nutty Fudge Kitchen will provide the traditional sweets and sandwiches.

The beautiful and historic Palace Theatre in Pictou is the perfect setting for this traditional English High Tea, said Davidson. “Its already gorgeous decor will be enhanced with our handmade decorations and the Carillon Singers will be beautifully showcased in a venue that has hosted local talent and entertainment in Pictou since 1905.”

If the event is a success, Davidson said she plans to hold it again next year.

Handcrafted invitations serve as tickets for the event, and must be purchased in advance by Thursday. Contact Louise Davidson at 902-301-3672 or Camilla MacDonald at 902-753-7072 to purchase or through www.northhorens.com. Cost is $40.

 

Tea etiquette

Stirring tea: When preparing tea there are many ways to tailor the drink to suit personal tastes, including the addition of lemon, sugar or milk, but one thing stands, it must be stirred correctly! Place the spoon in a six o'clock position in the cup and fold the tea towards the 12 o'clock position whilst making sure not to 'clink' the spoon against the sides of the cup. Also remember not to leave the spoon in the cup, instead placing it on the saucer to the side of the cup. 

 

Pinkies Up? Absolutely not. The common misconception is that outstretching one’s little finger aids the balance of the cup when taking a sip of tea. This is almost certainly not the case and is not only pointless, but slightly silly. Grasping the cup in the palm of your hand is also not recommended. Sticking a pinkie out has rapidly become one of Afternoon Tea’s most common faux pas. 

 

SOURCE: The AfternoonTea.co.uk Team

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