The third Moc Chau Tea Festival is taking place from April 6 to 8 at Vinatea Moc Chau in Moc Chau town, northern Son La province.
The tea-leaf picking contest at the Festival (Photo: VET's Thu Hoang)
Festivities got underway with an introduction of the geographical indication (GI) for Snow Shan (Shan Tuyet) tea from Moc Chau being exported to Thailand.
Highlights of the festival include a tea-leaf picking contest, an introduction of tea ceremonies and tea products, visits to hill tea plantations and the tea production processes of local tea companies, and musical and artistic performances.
There are also booths showcasing and promoting tourism and cultural products in Moc Chau and a photo exhibition entitled “The Color of the Plateau”, on the landscapes and lives of people in the area.
The festival aims to promote Moc Chau’s tea and provide an opportunity for producers and traders to meet together, said Mr. Nguyen Thi Hoa, Deputy Chairman of the Moc Chau District People’s Committee. It also presents an opportunity for the district to promote local tourism and attract investors. The festival will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the national Moc Chau tea plantation, which was founded on April 8, 1958.
Formed in 1958, the Moc Chau tea farming area now covers some 1,800 ha and produces around 23,000 tonnes of tea leaves annually, with 16 companies involved. Local tea products are known for their fine quality and are exported to many international markets, including Japan, Taiwan and Pakistan.
About 200 km west of Hanoi, Moc Chau Plateau is a popular destination in the northwest region thanks to its cool and fresh atmosphere, endless green tea hills, orchards of plums, peaches and apricots, and gardens of various flowers. The best time to visit is in the spring, when the flowers are in bloom. Its green tea hills and dairy farms are worth visiting year-round, as are Dai Yem Waterfall and the pine forests around Ang village. A trip to the villages of the ethnic Thai and H’Mong people is also worth the effort.