About the Festival

The Eugene Tea Festival was started for the sole purpose of creating a tea community in Eugene, Oregon. 

Founded in 2019 by Madelaine Au, the first festival is slated to happen in 2021.

 

The Eugene Tea Festival relies on support from its avid volunteers and the Eugene tea community. 

If you're reading this, you can consider yourself a part of the Eugene Tea community. Learn how to get involved!

Meet our Board

Madelaine Au

Executive Director & Founder

My name is madelaine and I'm here to say, I love tea in a major way.

Angela McDonald

Board of Directors Member

Avid gardener, as well as tea lover Angela McDonald took on the role of Secretary for the League in April of 2018. In 2019, she was elected League President. She has owned Oregon Tea Traders in Eugene, Oregon since 2011, and currently teaches classes about growing and drinking tea across the country. She has traveled extensively across Asia and observed tea drinking techniques of various cultures.

 

She holds a bachelors degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon. Aside from all things tea, she loves baking and spending time with her 2 children.

Mason Hutchinson

Treasurer

Mason Hutchison is the founder of HerbRally, a podcast and website that promotes herbalism education and events. He has completed herbalism apprenticeships at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies. Mason is the Events & Outreach Strategist for Mountain Rose Herbs.

 

His day-to-day work involves organizing community events such as the Free Herbalism Project, as well as attending herbal conferences throughout the country. He is the co-organizer of one of the longest running herbal events in the US, the Breitenbush Herbal Conference. He is also on the board of directors for the Eugene Tea Festival.

 

He has previously volunteered for the Occupy Medical herb team and the Native Plant Society of Oregon – Emerald Chapter. Mason is a proud father, avid basketball and ping pong player, spring water gatherer, and an enthusiast in the culinary arts.

Micah Elconin

Board of Directors Member

Micah Elconin is the President of Season to Taste, Inc. and Director of Eugene’s Table, a food and beverage manufacturing partnership.  He leverages 15 years of experience as an economic development strategist, sales manager, food entrepreneur, non-profit manager, analyst, teacher, professional chef and amateur gardener to provide value for regional food businesses.  

 

In 2019, Elconin founded Eugene’s Table as an outcome of the two year Lane Sector Food and Beverage Sector Strategies project that Season to Taste was contracted to lead.  Eugene’s Table leads collaborative development projects, promotes regional firms, and creates opportunities to share knowledge and resources that solidify the Greater Eugene area’s place as a food and beverage manufacturing hub.

 

Elconin founded The Educated Vegetable in 2005, a personal chef business based out of Santa Barbara, CA. His client list included David Crosby, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Smith, and Noah Wyle.  In 2012 Elconin earned an MBA from UO’s Lundquist College of Business. Upon graduation, he was hired by NEDCO to design, launch, and manage the Sprout! program in Springfield. Between 2015 and 2016 he led sales for Harvest Santa Barbara, a regional Organic produce distributor, where he doubled the company's seven figure annual sales revenue.

 

Micah was named a 20 under 40 Business Leader in 2017 by his peers in the Eugene Springfield area.  He holds an MBA from the University of Oregon, BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and dual certificates from Bauman College.  He’s also an avid rock climber and route developer with many first ascents in the Willamette Valley.

Raj Vable

President

Raj started Young Mountain Tea with a promise– if a Himalayan co-op of farmers would grow tea, Raj would setup a company in the US to sell it. At the time, he was in N. India on a Fulbright Fellowship, working to create livelihoods for remote Himalayan communities. Since then, the company has worked to create a new market in the US for single-origin organic teas, and sources from a network of 850 tea makers spread across 5 regions of India and Nepal. 

Raj also works on rural economic development with Oregon RAIN and serves on the board of Wild Gift, a non-profit dedicated to supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs. He holds an MS in Environmental Studies from the U. Oregon and a BS in Electrical Engineering from U. Michigan. He loves spending time in the mountains, hiking in forests, playing guitar, and starts as many mornings in the sauna as possible. 

 Eugene Tea Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.