The Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace in Daly City closes this weekend, and tea at Dickens is still as popular as ever! The Dickens Fair runs weekends only, between the Friday after Thanksgiving and the Sunday before Christmas; it’s open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday, December 21). General Admission is $30 at the gate, but you can get disounted tickets if you know one of the workers or performers. Take a look at these other articles for more information about having tea at the Dickens Fair:
“How to have afternoon tea at the Dickens Fair in San Francisco”
“Review: Cuthbert’s Tea Shoppe at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair”
“Take tea with Charles Dickens for two more weekends at the Dickens Fair”
New this year, are a few products from the 2 English Ladies‘ tea shop: scone and shortbread mixes! Along with their small line of teas, including the delicious Buckingham Palace Garden Party Tea – a blend of Ceylon, Assam and Earl Grey, scented with jasmine — they carry a line of lemon, lime, and cinnamon apple curds and clotted cream. The new products include plain and lavender scone mixes, and plain and lavender shortbread mixes. All these items are great for keeping in your tea party pantry for your next afternoon tea. They also make great gifts for the tea lover!
As in previous years, if you want to have the full Victorian Afternoon Tea experience, you need to make a reservation at Cuthbert’s Tea Shoppe for one of their High Teas. This is a really fun experience, where your best table manners are very welcome. If you just want to order your tea food a la carte, you can generally walk in and be seated, depending on the shop having empty tables; earlier in the day is better for walk-ins than later, and it’s even easier if you are by yourself or with a small party of 4 or fewer people. If you can’t get in to Cuthbert’s (and they are very popular), you can stop by Mr. Brown’s Fine Coffee and Teas, where you can get tea, sandwiches, scones and sweets a la carte. There is no reason to go without a cup of tea or tea-table nibbles while at the Dickens Fair!
Copyright 2014, Elizabeth Urbach.
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For more information:
Dickens Fair food & drink vendors
Cuthbert’s Tea Shoppe website
2 English Ladies website
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