Month: May 2013

5 of the Sweetest Moments at Sweetlife Festival 2013

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Each year, the HONEST Tea-m has the privilege of joining our friends at Sweetgreen for a 1-day festival celebrating great music and local food, including Honest refreshment. While everyone came away with unique stories and experiences, here are the  5 sweetest moments we experienced at the event this year:

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1.  The Food

Sweelife Festival is a farm-to-table food destination.  This was no run-of-the-mill concert concession stand; the festival brought together some of the best chefs and restaurants in the region.  Craving lobster rolls?  Pork sliders?  Korean tacos?  We ate with abandon and then ate some more.  A few of the great local D.C. favorites at the festival included Pepe, DGS Delicatessen, and Kushi.  One of our favorites came from the organizers themselves—Sweetgreen’s Earth Bowl uses organic ingredients sourced from local farmers and mixes warm grains + arugula, roasted chicken, white cheddar, grape tomatoes, raw corn, spicy broccoli and pesto vinaigrette (and it happens to pair perfectly with Honey Green Tea!).

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2.  Mustaches

Who doesn’t love detachable mustaches? Folically challenged or not, our Tea-m  offered Sweelife festival-goers the pleasure of sporting a green ‘stache for the day for a little photo fun. Throughout the day, people shared their creative poses on Instagram with the hashtag #honestache.  Our Instagram page quickly became a beautiful mural of green facial hair with over 80 people sharing their best looks—check it out and share a mustache photo of your own!

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3.  The Venue

There is nothing better than sitting back on the grass hill on a sunny day and enjoying tunes from one of your favorite bands while sipping on a Honey Green Tea.  On this day though, right as the Yeah yeah Yeah’s were kicking into high gear, the heavens opened up and released liquid fury for 45 minutes—yes our sunny Saturday quickly turned to rain, but hey, we can’t complain, Merriwether became the world’s greatest mudslide.  Do you have a fond memory of a past spring day outdoors? Share with us in the comment section below!

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4.  The Good Vibes

We know a lot of concerts have good vibes, but there’s something about the Sweetlife Festival that is overwhelmingly positive.  Words are inspiring and at Honest Tea we realize a simple positive word can go a long way. Our Tea-m was in attendance with the #honestcompliment booth, our way of keeping the high spirits and good energy flowing.  Picture a typical lemonade stand, but instead of sugary drinks we served up refreshing, personalized compliments, free of charge.  The line stretched to 30 deep at times, with people sometimes waiting 15-20 minutes to receive their personalized compliments, and then sharing the love with someone else at the festival or a friend on Twitter by using #honestcompliment.  We’ve found that giving an #honestcompliment is contagious–if you haven’t already said something nice to someone today, we encourage you to give it a try!

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5.  The Music

All three stages at Sweetlife had great music options.  Since the festival’s inception four years ago, it has developed the reputation of attracting cutting-edge musical acts–both well-known and emerging names. Whether you’re into hip-hop, indie rock, R&B, or electronica, Sweetlife has something for music lovers of all backgrounds.  This year, Phoenix wowed the crowds performing cuts from the band’s newly released album as well as classics such as “Lisztomania” and “1901.” Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs filled the stage with her incredible presence and even jumped off stage to invite fans to sing along with her on the same microphone.  Our Honest Tea staff picks for favorite performance included Passion Pit, Robert DeLong, Youth Lagoon, Gary Clark Jr., Solange and Foxygen.  Go ahead and pick up any of these artists’ latest albums–you won’t be disappointed!

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A Tribute to Moms Around the World

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May is about celebrating mom. If you travel around the world, you will find mothers devoted to giving their children and family a good life. With your help, we have been able to improve the lives of countless moms through Fair Trade. Every time you purchase an Honest Tea you are supporting our Fair Trade partnerships which ensure the women in our tea gardens are working in third-party verified condition and earn a Fair wage. It’s a simple, direct way to make a world of difference each time you open a cap and refresh the Honest way.  So join us, as we raise an ice-cold bottle of Honey Green Tea in a toast to moms around the world!

…What do you appreciate most about a Mom you know? Tell us below in the comment section!

Honest Fizz Float Decadence

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Try not to salivate while looking at the float above! Our friend Bakeaholic Mama put together an irresistible recipe we think you’ll love—and for 120 calories, how can you go wrong?  The creamy sweetness of the frozen yogurt blends perfectly with the classic flavor of our bubbly Root Beer organic soda—the taste will transport you back to a childhood summer day.  You’ll be glad you gave it a try! To read Carrie’s recipe, go to: www.bakeaholicmama.com

Mother’s Day Coupon Offer: That’s A Wrap!

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An HONEST thanks to everyone who participated in our Mother’s Day #honestcompliment giveaway on Twitter! Your honest words have inspired moms across the country. We have reached the final supply of coupons for this promotion, but good news is we’ll be back to do this again soon! We hope you’ll check back often to stay up to date with what’s brewing in the kitchen. ***Note: Entry valid while supplies last, you will be contacted via Twitter Direct Message if your entry was received in time. Make sure you are following us in order to receive notification.

Cheers,

The Honest Team