It was a dark day in my life yesterday. There was no morning tea to celebrate an achievement, raise awareness or facilitate donations of funds to a cause. I was stuck sipping my coffee and nibbling my pear – A PIECE OF FRUIT – all alone with my thoughts.
Well I say, NO LONGER! There must be MORE MORNING TEAS.
I have a dream – that not a single day will progress beyond 10.00am (or 11.00am at the very latest) without a meaningful hot beverage and piece of cake.
Introducing National Morning Tea Day: the all-purpose meaningful morning tea
A few rules, if I may – after all, without rules a Morning Tea would simply be a morning tea.
National Morning Tea Day must be celebrated:
- at least once per year
- no more than 365 days per year (or 366 in a leap year)
- during the day – commencement to occur no later than 11.00am (blending the event with ‘lunch’ is acceptable but under no circumstances may the even be referred to as ‘brunch’).
It is the intention of National Morning Tea Day that cakes and slices are given priority which are:
- traditionally discriminated against or ridiculed (eg. kale and apple cake)
- representative of a blended foods identity (eg. carrot and pineapple sandwich cake)
- requiring of support to come to terms with their true identity (eg. chocolate cake with hidden vegies)
- fundamentally limited by their range of ingredients (eg. grain-free paleo chocolate cake)
- prevented from fulfilling their natural function by overzealous authorities (eg. any children’s birthday cakes banned due to this policy).
Once the requisite cake diversity quota has been achieved – being at least three (3) cakes from a minimum of two (2) of the above categories – any other cakes or slices may be used to make up the remainder of the morning tea, including but not limited to: chocolate fudge cake, baked vanilla cheesecake, orange poppyseed cake and lemon slice.
It is imperative that at least one (1) speech is made at each National Morning Tea Day event. This should be given by the most senior person present and be at least five (5) full minutes duration. Topics may include:
- thanks to bakers of the cakes
- thanks to organisers of the bakers of the cakes
- thanks to the consumers of the cakes
- thanks to bakers and organisers of the cakes, from the perspective of the consumers of the cakes, assuming the consumers of the cakes have not already thanked the bakers and organisers personally themselves and particularly important if the bakers and organisers are not present at the consumption of said cake.
Donations are to be collected and distributed to appropriate charitable organisations which support the ongoing health of Australians in spite of our unbridled consumption of cake, including but not limited to:
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
If National Morning Tea Day doesn’t sound like your cup of tea… I can whole-heartedly recommend getting involved in Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on 26 May 2016.
Become one of more than 20,000 hosts or join somebody else’s morning tea to raise funds for this worthy cause. Wholesome fruit and antioxidant-laden black tea welcome!