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Afternoon tea week
We've got another current event for you here on the Kafevend blog, and it's a somewhat more positive one than last week's clash against coffee cups
. This week is Afternoon tea week here in the UK, celebrating one of our more enjoyable traditions- but when did this tradition start?
Retracing our steps
Tea first arrived on our shores some time in the middle of the 17th century. At first, tea was sold in the glut of coffee houses which had been established a few decades earlier. However, tea was soon ordered by mail to stately homes as it took on a more refined air compared to its contemporary- a view that has stuck around and which was cemented when tea became popular in the royal court, and subsequently with the wealthy classes who liked to keep up with royal fashion.
It was one such member of the upper class- Anna, Duchess of Bedford- who is credited with inventing afternoon tea in the mid 19th century. Finding herself increasingly peckish before dinner was served at a rather late 8 o'clock, she began ordering up tea and snacks to her room as the afternoon drew on. She soon began to invite her friends to this little event, and it wasn't long before high society ladies across England were taking afternoon tea in the drawing room.
A week of tea
Afternoon tea isn't just for high society these days, serving as a brilliant treat for all and sundry. We've no doubt that many a cream tea
, a type of afternoon tea, has been enjoyed in its traditional stomping grounds of Devon and Cornwall over this summer holiday! Afternoon tea week
is all about enjoying it wherever you are though; whether in a hotel, restaurant, café or even your own home. There have been several events set up for folks to attend, but the Tea for Trussell
pack is available to help you hold your own afternoon tea for family and friends.
Tea for Trussell has been set up by the Trussell Trust, a charity which runs a network of over 400 foodbanks across the UK. You may be surprised to hear that 1 in 5 people in the UK live below the poverty line. Last year, Trussell provided just over 1.1 million emergency three day food packs to people who struggle to get enough food, for a variety of reasons. As Trussell points out, what they do isn't just about food: they also provide holiday clubs for children, advice on managing finances and fuel poverty, and eating well on a low budget- this is all with a view to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty.
So whether or not you decide to enjoy an afternoon tea this week, please do consider lending your support to the Trussell Trust- whether that's making a cash donation, donating food, or even volunteering at your local food bank- it will all be appreciated!