Afternoon Tea in Unexpected Places

Image from Eclipse Chocolate, San Diego

Dear readers – I am flabbergasted and very pleased to say that Afternoon Tea is becoming quite THE THING in San Diego. In starting this blog, I expected to cover the dozen or so afternoon tea establishments in San Diego county, and little else. But then Afternoon Teas began popping up in the most unexpected places!

Here is a quick roundup of the upcoming Afternoon Tea events I’m most excited about. Get your tickets fast, because most of these are one-time things and sell out quickly.

Eclipse Chocolate: Sugar & Salt Afternoon Tea

Date: Saturday, September 14th 2019, 10am-1pm. Register for seats here.

Eclipse is one of my favorite places in South Park (2145 Fern Street) for their brunches, their chocolates, and their cupcakes. They infuse chocolate into everything, sweet and savory, creating one of the most imaginative menus in San Diego. And now they’re hosting a tea! Tea for 2 is $55, and get in on this fast, because September 14th is next weekend!

You & Yours Afternoon Tea

Date: Sunday, September 22nd 2019, 3-5pm. Get tickets here.

You & Yours (1495 G Street) is a very fine cocktail establishment and gin distillery with bonus points for having a woman owner/distiller at the helm. Her gins are delightful and the cocktails fanciful and well-balanced (yes, when I’m not a tea snob, I moonlight as a cocktail snob). This Afternoon Tea will be held in their tasting room, and includes hot tea, a tea cocktail, and a tiered tray of the usual suspects. I’ve got my tickets – how about you? $45/pp.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar Downton Abbey Movie Tea

Date: Tickets go on sale September 6th, tea date is Sunday September 29th from 2-4pm. Get tickets here.

There are a number of Downton Abbey Movie teas – Shakespeare’s just had a week of them – but this one at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar (5300 Del Mar Court) has a few more bells and whistles than usual, like live music and a hat pop-up shop. I have misgivings about the hat pop-up shop. Part of me is happy to encourage people to enjoy the wearing of hats in any way. But the persnickety part of me tends to be disappointed by poor quality and mass-produced millinery. I’m half tempted to show up in a very fine hat just to show people what they’re missing.

Get your San Diego tea event notifications all in one place – join my private Facebook group San Diego Afternoon Tea Lovers. When I spot a tea event, I share it there!

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