Did you know that in 2016 Kensington Neighbourhood House had people from 68 different nationalities participate in our programs and activities?
We continually collect feedback from neighbourhood house users about their experience at the House. They tell us that they want more opportunities to meet people from other cultures. We also love celebrating different cultures, traditions and hearing people’s unique stories so we are running three events this year to do just that and bring people together. Everyone is welcome to come and contribute to community conversations that will promote tolerance, acceptance and diversity. The first event will be:
Afternoon Tea – sharing traditions
Date: Sunday 12 August
This will include talks on the traditions and history behind high tea, yum cha and a tea ceremony.
This will be followed by socialising and eating of course!
High tea initially originated as a meal for the British working class, taken standing up or sitting on tall stools, thus ‘high’ and around five or six o’clock after work in place of a later dinner.
Traditionally, the upper classes would serve a ‘low’ or ‘afternoon’ tea around four o’clock and this was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.
Gradually, this afternoon meal became more known as an important event on the social calendars of ladies and gentlemen, rather than a meal for the working class and now afternoon tea is also known as high tea.
Yum cha is a Cantonese tradition of brunch which involves drinking Chinese tea and eating dim sum dishes. These are bit size portions, allowing people to try a variety of dishes. Yum cha is Cantonese which literally means “drink tea”. Dim Sum loosely translates to “ordering from the heart”. Yum cha became popular in Australia in the early 1980s, first taking hold in the Chinatown establishments in Sydney and Melbourne.
It is said that the tradition of Yum Cha originated hundreds and hundreds of years ago in teahouses for weary travellers, and farmers along China’s famed Silk Road. It was still hundreds of years more before the dim sum was created. In the 3rd century, tea’s ability to aid digestion soon became known, and teahouses began offering small snacks in addition to tea and dim sum was born.
Stay tuned for more information coming soon.