From the organizer that brought the first ever Bubble Tea Festival last year that drew thousands to Times Square, they have teamed up with The Taiwanese collective to create an immersive, multimedia exhibition called Lab B to explore Taiwan’s most popular culinary export, bubble tea–the sweet tea drink studded with bouncy tapioca balls that fans slurp up through famously oversized, technicolor straws. Lab B as part fun house, part exhibition and part tea shop and will open in SoHo August 17, 2018 on 107 Grand Street, New York. The opening party was held on Friday, August 17 from 7:00- 9:00 P.M.
The exhibition features a tasting journey with an in depth look into the history of bubble tea and offer tastings from some of New York’s finest boba shops. In the lab you’ll experiment with different ingredients to create your very own, bubble tea concoction. There will be experts on hand to give you insights on the history of bubble tea, so that you can create a unique recipe all your own, a one of a kind drink made to your own slurpy, sweet and chewy specifications.
Lab B is brought by a collective of Taiwanese artist, writers and designers inspired by the chaos of New York—the busted trains, the muggy alleyways, and the chatter of the world’s languages bumping against each other.
Bubble Tea is uniquely Taiwanese, and represents the spirit of experimentation. What started as a simple combination of tea, milk, and tapioca, has morphed into hundreds of variations from Taipei to Kansas City. Lab B is created to amplify the mark that Taiwan is leaving on this crazy city, and mingle the senses and allow for the viewers’ unique self-expression through exploration of the wild world of bubble tea.
You can experience:
The Art Experience
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Lab B’s Art Experience will include interactive installations to immerse you in a fantasized world of bubble tea. Take a dip in the bubble tea ball pool. Show your bubble tea love by bear hugging a gigantic bubble tea balloon. Capture a memory at the AR photo booth. Your friends will get serious FOMO for sure.
The Tasting Room
Lab B has created a room for a tasting journey with an in depth look into the history of bubble tea and offer tastings from some of New York’s finest boba shops. Originally Bubble tea was an accident but that opened the door for experimentation as it moved across the world and mingled together with each cities local flavor. Now bubble tea can be found anywhere from Taiwan to Akron Ohio each place with its own unique number of combinations.
The DIY Lab
In the lab you’ll experiment with different ingredients to create your very own, boba concoction. There will be experts on hand to give you some insight on the history of bubble tea so that you can create a unique recipe all your own. A one of a kind drink made to your own slurpy and sweet and chewy specifications.
Remember, bubble tea was born by accident and changed over time as people experimented. In Lab B’s opinion, Best. Accident. Ever.
Date: August 17th through 19th, 2018
Address: SOHO 107 Grand Street, New York
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