About the Festival
The Eugene Tea Festival was created to cultivate the tea community in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon.
Founded in 2019 by Madelaine Au, the first festival launched in May 2023 and is slated to occur annually.
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. Interested in getting involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our Board
Executive Director & Founder
Madelaine Au is the Executive Director and Founder for the Eugene Tea Festival.
Her love of tea began at the NW Tea Festival as an attendee in 2017. After that she volunteered as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Portland Tea Festival in 2018.
Madelaine's love of tea has continued to flourish and she is excited to continue dedicating her efforts to building the tea community in the Eugene/Springfield area!
Board of Directors Member
Mason Hutchison is the founder of HerbRally, a podcast and website that promotes herbalism education and events.
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.
Mason was the Events & Marketing Strategist for Mountain Rose Herbs for over a decade. His day-to-day work involved organizing community events such as the Free Herbalism Project, as well as attending herbal conferences throughout the country.
He has completed herbalism apprenticeships at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies.
Mason is a husband, proud father, avid chess, basketball and ping pong player, spring wter gatherer, and an enthusiast in the art of frugal nutrition.
Board of Directors President
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.