Tea Inspired Awards

Culinary, Mixology & Hospitality contests for tea aficionados and lover’s of tea

Dilmah’s Tea Inspired Challenges bring out and foster creativity, inspiration and magic in food, drink and aura when it comes to tea, creating a world where tea is revolutionised and pushed beyond the rim. Inspire all of us at Dilmah, and we’ll inspire you in return with prizes and rewards at the heart and soul of tea.

Current Competitions

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Upcoming Competitions

All challenges by Dilmah center around an unquenchable love for tea that’s constantly changing the world. Every idea you have, every contest you enter, and every prize you win, is a vital part of the bigger picture; a global revolution in tea.

We at Dilmah keep trailblazing new paths to keep you tea inspired and curious, show you things you might have thought tea could never do, and keep surprising you so that you can surprise us in return. If you’re reading this, know that something rivetingly tea inspired is brewing and it’s only a matter of time till we join forces with you to bring tea into the 21st century!

Past Competitions

A Tea Inspired Always Tea Time - Christmas Challenge 2017

A Tea Inspired Christmas in a cup, or on a plate.

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Tea in the Visual Sense - t-Lounge by Dilmah, Sri Lanka

In celebration of World Photography Day, Dilmah unveils Tea in the Visual Sense – a #teainspired photography competition designed to bring out the beauty in tea through the lens of a camera.

Submissions was closed on30th September 2017

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Tea Inspired Awards- Singapore

Some of the best Cafes and Restaurants in Singapore showcased their specially curated tea inspired menus with Dilmah tea infused savouries, desserts, iced teas, mocktails and cocktails. The menus were open for customers to enjoy a whole new tea experience, and engage with the competing outlets through voting. After 3 epic tea inspired months the tea champions for crafting a 21st century experience in tea gastronomy were crowned on the 28th of August 2017.

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Always Teatime Challenge

18 countries across the globe competed for 92 days at the Dilmah Always Teatime Challenge – Online. Over 60 #teainspired stories told in tea and food pairing, tea gastronomy and tea mixology, rewarded 30 monthly winners with beautiful teatime gifts.

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The Tea Inspired Christmas Challenge 2016

A seasonal challenge which dared the world to present Christmas in a cup or on a plate with tea at the heart of it all. As a result, over 100 inspirational recipes changed how the world celebrated Christmas. Find out more about the winning entries and the journey of the winners in Sri Lanka!

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Dilmah was born of a simple tea grower’s vision. Merrill J. Fernando’s desire to share the pleasure in tea with the world, and to do so ethically by benefiting workers in the exploited tea industry, was the genesis of Dilmah Tea. More than four decades of struggle that Merrill invested in making his dream a reality, were rewarded with an unexpectedly powerful welcome from tea drinkers around the world.

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Find your tea muse and get tea inspired with everything from Tea Gastronomy and Mixology recipes and pairings, to creating a Seven Star Tea Experience with revolutionary innovations in tea!

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Dilmah Always Teatime Challenge – Dubai

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Dilmah Always Teatime Challenge – Christmas Edition

Dilmah Always Teatime Challenge – Christmas Edition

A Tea Inspired Christmas in a cup, or on a plate.

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Tea in the Visual Sense

Tea in the Visual Sense

In celebration of World Photography Day, Dilmah unveils Tea in the Visual Sense – a  #teainspired photography competition designed to bring out the beauty in tea through the lens of a camera.

Submissions was closed on 30th September 2017

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The Tea Inspired Awards - Singapore

 The Tea Inspired Awards - Singapore

Some of the best Cafes and Restaurants in Singapore showcased their specially curated tea inspired menus with Dilmah tea infused savouries, desserts, iced teas, mocktails and cocktails. The menus were open for customers to enjoy a whole new tea experience, and engage with the competing outlets through voting. After 3 epic tea inspired months the tea champions for crafting a 21st century experience in tea gastronomy were crowned on the 28th August 2018.

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Always Teatime Challenge

Always Teatime Challenge

18 countries across the globe competed for 92 days at the Dilmah Always Teatime Challenge – Online. Over 60 #teainspired stories told in tea and food pairing, tea gastronomy and tea mixology, rewarded 30 monthly winners with beautiful teatime gifts.

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The Tea Inspired Christmas Challenge 2016

The Tea Inspired Christmas Challenge 2016

A seasonal challenge which dared the world to present Christmas in a cup or on a plate with tea at the heart of it all. As a result, over 100 inspirational recipes changed how the world celebrated Christmas. Find out more about the winning entries and the journey of the winners in Sri Lanka!

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Judges Comments

  1. Understand the Morning, Afternoon and Evening occasions and interpret each in terms of the guest experience you wish to present - the table and menu layout, crockery, intensity of flavours, storyline - and define a theme, choose your tea accompanying food accordingly. The food that a guest would prefer in the evening is likely to be significantly different to what he or she would have in the morning for example, and accordingly teas, visual elements may change in line with your personal creative expression
  2. Understand the teas in terms of their individual aroma, taste, provenance, and the perfect brewing method for each. On this basis you can define which teas would fit best with your own interpretation of the 3 occasions, and select which would be best served hot, or in other ways - iced, as a cocktail etc.
  3. Respect for tea is important and therefore the use of other ingredients in producing tea inspired drinks and food is critically important. Those ingredients need to work harmoniously with teas, and neither overpower nor obscure the teas. Where tea inspired food or drinks are concerned the presence of the tea needs to be evident
  4. Define your presentation in a credible and personal way, to engage the guest and express your understanding of each occasion, of the teas, the pairings and tea inspired elements as well as your rationale for each. These could be woven into a storyline that would add authenticity and emotional engagement, to complete the experience of your morning, afternoon and evening tea presentations

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