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Get Steeped, Fairmont-Style!

From Victoria to Shanghai, Fairmont has a long history of serving the best Afternoon Tea in town. To celebrate the luxury hotel brand’s historic connection to this illustrious and cherished tradition, Fairmont has declared Saturday, November 12, 2011 as an official day to pay tribute to all things tea. Get Steeped with Fairmont festivities will go on around the world and include everything from discounts for wearing fancy hats to signature “Tea-quila” cocktails to multicultural tea celebrations.

Get Steeped celebrations at Fairmont hotels in the Pacific Northwest will be as diverse as the hotels hosting them. From a hotel package that includes Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress in Victoria to “best fancy hat” contests and tea-infused cocktails, they’ve got everything you need to warm up the month of November and share some time with family and friends.

Kids are always welcome, and a special Children’s Tea is on offer at many Fairmont hotels. Children’s Tea introduces youngsters to the ritual of Afternoon Tea in a fun way with tea fare designed just for tots: Bubblegum Tea (caffeine-free fruit tea with real bubblegum balls), finger sandwiches, fresh strawberries and cream and a giant chocolate chip cookie are just some of the sample treats on offer. See individual hotel sites for details.

Get Steeped in Vancouver:

- The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will celebrate on November 12th with three Afternoon Tea offerings in 900 West Lounge from 12:00pm to 4:30pm: Lieutenant Governor Tea (with tea fare such as a roast beef and pear chutney sandwich, Welsh rarebit, and an apple tartlet with bourbon cream), Duchess of Cambridge Tea (the hotel’s traditional Afternoon Tea) and Duke of Cambridge Tea (includes decadent additions such as mini quiche and a fresh-baked lemon biscuit served with lavender clotted cream). Get Steeped day will be extra special with a harpist and piano player for entertainment and staff dressed in traditional oxblood attire. Guests who don a fancy hat will receive a complimentary treat and be entered to win the “best hat” contest. The lounge has also brought in six “royal-inspired” tea blends for the celebration and will feature three tea-infused cocktails in the lounge, including the “Ice Wine Tea Bellini” (made with Sri Lanka ice wine tea, honey, lemon and sparkling wine).

- The Fairmont Vancouver Airport has just announced a new traditional Afternoon Tea service in Jetside Bar. November 12th will officially launch the program, which will be available seven days a week from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Jetside Bar will also be offering a “Sea Island Iced Tea,” named after Sea Island where the airport and hotel are located.

- The Fairmont Waterfront will offer “Tea Time” at Herons Bar on November 12th a flight of three warm (and spiked!) teas paired with delectable pastries: Blueberry Tea paired with a mini lavender cake and Earl Grey milk chocolate ice cream, Kea Lani Chambord Tea paired with a pineapple tea cake and raspberry Chantilly, and Mint Chocolate Tea paired with chocolate fondant and pear mint salad.

- TheFairmont Pacific Rim regularly offers Asian-inspired Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Lounge (including sushi-style sandwiches, green tea squares and traditional items such as scones). They will also be offering a spiked tea cocktail in the Lobby Lounge called “Earl Grey 99″ named in celebration of this year’s Grey Cup to be held in Vancouver on November 27th (it’s the 99th Grey Cup). The cocktail will shake together Earl Grey-infused gin, Yellow Chartreuse, honey and lemon.

Get Steeped in Victoria: The Fairmont Empress has a “Bed & Breakfast and Afternoon Tea” hotel package that includes one night, breakfast for two, Royal Afternoon Tea for two (includes a glass of bubbly) and a copy of the hotel’s new edition coffee table book starting from $299 (based on double occupancy). The hotel has also planned an educational “tea exhibition” on November 12th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm with workshops on tea etiquette and tastings with a tea sommelier. Throughout the month of November, The Fairmont Empress will offer 30% off Afternoon Tea on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and will feature their famed “Empress 1908″ cocktail, named after the year The Empress Hotel opened (a blend of tea-infused vodka made with signature Empress tea and shaken with fresh lemon and egg white). A “Pastry Apprentice” class for adults will focus on tea-themed treats on November 27. See here for more details.

Get Steeped in Whistler: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler will celebrate Get Steeped day by indulging in a tea-infused cocktail served with freshly-baked scones. The Queen’s Gin & Tonic offers a twist on an old favourite with smooth gin, Beefeater 24 and the Mallard Lounge’s very own homemade tonic, sweetened with orange pekoe tea and agave syrup.

Get Steeped in Seattle: The Fairmont Olympic Hotel will hold a special Afternoon Tea service in The Georgian on November 12th along with a hat competition awarding a one-night hotel stay and dinner for two for the guest with the best hat.

For a full listing of Get Steeped events, fun tea facts, recipes and more, visit: fairmont.com/getsteeped.

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