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Bigelow Tea Shares Plans For Our 7th Annual First Flush FesTEAval!


Bigelow Tea is revving up some exciting plans for the upcoming 2013 First Flush FesTEAval! Yep – it’s on its way and it’s never too early to plan, so be sure to mark your calendar for this annual bash, held on Saturday, May 18th. You’ll want to make a day of it at the Charleston Tea Plantation when you enjoy our grand tradition of celebrating the first flush—the first harvest of the year’s tea crop.


You may remember that the First Flush FesTEAval was named one of the top-100 events in all of North America! You can’t beat the old-fashioned goodness of the event, with family fun, food and music—and of course lots of the plantation’s home-grown American Classic Tea! Tickets are available in advance through and the Music Farm Box Office.

If you’re a music fan, you’re in luck. We’re proud to announce that the FesTEAval will be headlined by the popular Folk Rock band OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW! Some of the other musical acts slated to appear include The Luke Cunningham BandGaslight StreetQuincy MumfordSun Dried VibesSouthwoodTyler Boone and Stop Light Observations. Plus, a special surprise guest will be there! With the great music, the tea, food trucks and a kids’ area, you have the makings of a fantastic day!


The Charleston Tea plantation is made up of 127 acres of pristine grounds and an amazing gift shop, located on Wadmalaw Island and located just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. It was recently named one of the top destination cities in the world! Tens of thousands of tea lovers travel to America’s only Tea Garden every year to visit and tour, and of course to attend our First Flush FesTEAval! The gates open at 1 p.m., and the show starts at 2. We hope to see you there on May 18th!

Take a Virtual Tour of Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation


With Charleston, South Carolina designated as a must-see destinationBigelow Tea is sharing a video featuringanother wonderful reason for taking a trip down south: tea! Located on Wadmalaw Island, in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, our Charleston Tea Plantation is the perfect place for a day trip. If you’re thinking of going and want a preview … or you can’t make it there in “real life,” take a “virtual tour” around our 127-acre property.

Your tour guide, Cindi Bigelow, will take you through the factory and show you how our American Classic Tea is made. You’ll also see a gazebo used for weddings and other special events, and an antique trolley you’ll be dying to ride! Come join us and see what makes Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation and gift shop so special!


Celebrate National Wedding Month With Bigelow Tea And Our Charleston Tea Garden!

Despite its bleak reputation weather-wise, February still shines as the season of love! Many proposals take place on Valentine’s Day, and for couples planning a spring, summer or even a fall wedding … now is the time to begin preparations. No wonder the bridal industry has declared it National Wedding MonthBigelow Tea knows that one of the first decisions brides and grooms make when planning a wedding is picking the venue. And boy do we have a wonderfully romantic suggestion: our own Charleston Tea Garden—the largest working tea garden in the U.S.!

Tucked away on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the Tea Garden features breathtaking views of tea fields and towering live oaks, as well as several options for planning a unique celebration in a natural setting brimming with old-fashioned southern charm. One lovely tradition is for couples to trade vows under the branches of the Tea Garden’s oldest live oak, fittingly named “the Wedding Tree.”

And the Pavilion, located in the tranquil tea fields, is an ideal spot for the reception. It provides overhead lighting and ceiling fans, and can be decorated myriad ways to reflect a special theme or your personal style. In need of inspiration? Wedding trend watchers are seeing a growing preference for elegant details evoking the style depicted in the popular PBS series Downton Abbey and recent film adaptations of Anna Karenina and The Great Gatsby. Think crystal glassware and gold silverware and chargers, darling. But elegance doesn’t have to be stuffy. As wedding planner Ivy Robinson tells Bridal Guide, couples often take an eclectic approach “combining natural, outdoorsy details with elegant elements.”

Whether you prefer minimalist décor or plenty of glitz, Charleston Tea Garden provides a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable wedding day. Cheers!


Bigelow Tea Is Thrilled To See Charleston Named Top U.S. City And World Destination!

Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city with a rich history, classic architecture and eminently well mannered citizens. These qualities recently helped the Charleston area earn the coveted 2012 Top US City rating from the Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, beating out cities like New York and San Francisco! Bigelow Tea is proud to see that Charleston also earned the 2012 Worldwide No. 1 Ranking, topping cities like Florence, Italy and Cape Town South Africa! This is the second consecutive year for their No. 1 U.S. City ranking!

You know that Bigelow Tea loves Charleston too! After all our own Charleston Tea Plantation is located on historic Wadmalaw Island just outside Charleston. Tea lovers—and music, nature, and food lovers!—know that the Charleston Tea Plantation is home to our First Flush FesTEAval, an annual event not to be missed. In fact, the First Flush FesTEAval was selected for its own award by the American Bus Association: it’s one of the 2012 Top 100 Events in North America!

Bigelow Tea is thrilled to be a part of the celebration of all things Charleston! We couldn’t agree more with the designation of Charleston as “the place” to visit! If you make the trip, we do hope you’ll check Wadmalaw Island and take a tour of our tea gardens … and of course sample some of our home-grown pride and joy, American Classic Tea.

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Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes Winner Learns About Tea

We were so happy to hear from Christine who was the winner of our January sweepstakes where the prize was a trip to our very own Charleston Tea Plantation.  Below is the note we received after she returned from her trip:

We just got back from Charleston last night and we had an AMAZING time! I can’t thank Bigelow Tea enough! I loved Charleston it was so historic! The tea plantation was great! Everyone was so friendly and I learned so much about tea. I loved sampling the different flavors. The tour was so interesting! We also loved the hotel we stayed at! The location was perfect and the hotel offered so many things! I would definitely recommend anyone visiting Charleston to stay at this hotel and tour the tea plantation.

This trip was more than I could have hoped for! We did have trouble getting to Charleston and did not arrive until 10:30pm but once we were there everything was perfect! I cannot say thank you enough! My husband and I will never forget this experience! I am still in shock that I won this trip! I have never had anything like this happen to me! I am TRULY grateful!!! We had such a great time and we hope to go back in the future. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity!!!


Christine Diaz
January 2012 Sweepstakes Winner


Bigelow Tea’s Hidden Treasure: The Charleston Tea Plantation

We want to share a hidden treasure with you. Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina may not necessarily be on your travel radar, but since you are tea lovers, we thought we’d tell you a little secret: in the heart of South Carolina’s low country, right off the coast, this island is home to our Charleston Tea Plantation!

Sitting on 127 acres of pristine grounds of farmland, our tea garden (the largest in the United States) is a rare gem indeed. This prized spot includes beautiful Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working tea factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shop.  Perhaps best of all, the Charleston Tea Plantation is home to our one and only American Classic Teas!

The method of making tea is quite fascinating and thanks to ABC News4 you get a firsthand view of the process.

Whether you get to Wadmalaw Island for the First Flush FesTEAval (a celebration of the first growth of new leaves in the spring, after winter’s rest) next year, or you arrive later in the growing season, our Charleston Tea Plantation is a one-of-a-kind experience … and we do hope you’ll venture there soon!

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Spring With The 6th Annual First Flush Festival!

It’s time to mark those calendars for Bigelow Tea’s 6th annual First Flush FesTEAval, coming Sunday, May 20th! This TEA-rrific event celebrates the season’s first tea harvest and takes place at Bigelow Tea’s own Charleston Tea Garden, the largest working tea farm in the continental United States. Each year the festival draws thousands of people to picturesque Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina’s low country, with fantastic local music, art and cuisine – and plenty of the tea garden’s signature American Classic iced tea for all!

This special rite of spring isn’t just for tea lovers. In fact, the festival was recently recognized as one of the 2012 top 100 events in North America! It offers fun for the whole family in a truly unique setting. The backdrop for the festivities is 127 acres of beautiful tea plants. “First flush” tea is defined as the first growth of new leaves in the spring, after winter’s rest. The leaves are harvested to produce what avid tea drinkers deem to be the most unique, fresh and amazing cup of tea. That’s certainly something to celebrate!

Details of this year’s musical lineup are still being worked out, but last year we were fortunate to have Grace Potter & the Nocturnals headline the event. Count on more great music this year! We’re also proud to continue our green mission at the festival with the use of biodegradable corn cups to serve iced tea to attendees. These eco-friendly cups, made from the renewable resource of corn, completely compost in 45 to 60 days. It’s all part of Bigelow Tea’s company-wide commitment to sustainabili-TEA!

So stay tuned for more First Flush FesTEAval details, and in the meantime we look forward to celebrating spring – and tea – with you on May 20th!


Sustainabili-TEA And Ardent Land Preservation At Bigelow Tea

Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow had a dream: to preserve an open piece of land in the breathtakingly beautiful state of New Hampshire. Years later, the Bigelow family honored their matriarch’s wishes by holding and maintaining 220 acres of undeveloped NH land, even saving and maintaining the original house that was built on the property, way back in 1794!

As committed practitioners of Sustainabili-TEA, the Bigelow family ardently supports New Hampshire’s land conservation initiative, known as “Statewide Program of Action to Conserve our Environment (SPACE).”  Today, the land remains undeveloped and its beauty gives real meaning to the phrase “salt of the earth.”  It’s no surprise that David C. Bigelow would acquire a keen appreciation for land preservation. He had a wonderful teacher: his mother, Ruth.

And when David and wife Eunice (Co-Chairs/Co-CEOs of Bigelow Tea) heard about the pending destruction of a southern landmark—the Charleston Tea Plantation —they made the decision to save the plantation, and restore it to its former grandeur. Today it’s our home of American Classic Tea, and we proudly offer Charleston, South Carolina locals and visitors alike the opportunity to tour the beautiful grounds … and of course, to indulge in a cup or two of tea!


And, as for the next generation of the Bigelow family – well it is no accident that Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea actively promote all things sustainable.  Whether it is land preservation or conscientious community involvement, the Bigelows are committed to carrying on the family practice of Sustainabili-TEA! 

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In Celebration of Hot Tea Month, Win A Trip for Two to Bigelow Tea’s Own Charleston Tea Garden!

Bigelow Tea has an amazing sweepstakes prize to kick off the Hot Tea month (January)! Enter our sweepstakes for your chance to win a 4-day/3-night trip for two to Charleston, S.C., and a visit to our own spectacular Charleston Tea Garden, the largest working tea farm in the continental United States! The approximate retail value of this prize package is $3,200! Yep, we said it was amazing!

Here’s what’s included:

  • A 4-day/3-night trip for the winner and one guest to our Charleston Tea Garden, located on Wadmalaw Island just south of historic Charleston.
  • Round-trip coach air transportation for 2 between a major commercial airport closest to the winner’s residence, and Charleston, S.C.
  • Standard lodging at a Bigelow Tea selected hotel for 3 nights (1 room, based on double occupancy).
  • A tour of the fabulous Charleston Tea Garden.
  • $500 American Express gift card for expenses.

What an opportunity to visit our unique piece of living history – a 127-acre oasis of camellia sinensis tea plants on picturesque Wadmalaw Island! Plus the winner and a special someone gets to stay in one of America’s most charming and historic cities, Charleston, S.C.! How perfect!  The Bigelow family purchased the tea garden in 2003 and has worked diligently to preserve this unspoiled treasure. You’ll see why the gorgeous grounds are a popular setting for weddings, and you’ll learn about the First Flush FesTEAval, an established Charleston tradition and major event in the USA.

To enter the sweepstakes, simply “like” our Facebook page. Then, while on Facebook, click the sweepstakes tab under our profile picture and enter your name and contact information. That’s it! Enter until January 31st, and one winner will be chosen in a random drawing on February 1st.  Good luck to all you Bigelow Tea fans! Happy Hot Tea Month!


The First Flush Festival Is A “Top 100 Event” Brought To You By Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea—and countless tea lovers and music fans—already know that our annual First Flush FesTEAval is a blast, but now the entire nation is going to know it! Our Charleston Tea Plantation’s First Flush FesTEAval has been selected by the American Bus Association as one of the 2012 Top 100 Events in North America!

The ABA’s experienced tourism selection committee has been choosing events for their “top 100” for thirty years. Our tea-lover’s event, which takes place annually on a Sunday in May on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s Low country, was selected from thousands of nominations across North America!

“The attractiveness of the First Flush FesTEAval as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for the First Flush FesTEAval,” said Peter Pantuso, ABA’s president and CEO. “The real news here is that the First Flush FesTEAval has been recognized…at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives the First Flush FesTEAval an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”


The outdoor festival, which celebrates the first tea harvest at our Charleston Tea Plantation, features great music, fantastic foods and the incomparable American Classic iced tea, served in biodegradable corn cups! Last year we were lucky enough to have Grace Potter & the Nocturnals headline the event.

Bigelow Tea is thrilled and honored to have our First Flush FesTEAval named one of 2012’s Top 100 Events – and we look forward to seeing you there next year for the Sixth Annual celebration!