Water from The Water Ones' travels being poured into the samovar

Wye Valley River Festival 2016: Samovar

On 28th Apr 2016

It was time for tea at Hereford, Ross-0n-Wye, Lydbrook, Monmouth, Tintern Station, Llandogo and Chepstow.

 

And Now’s Samovar had its first outing on The Wye Valley River Festival, making and serving free tea all the way down the Wye Valley. Designed by And Now: and built by a moonshine still maker in Arkansas USA using time honored copper working skills.
A samovar is a device traditionally used to heat and boil water for tea. The word samovar is Russian and can be loosely translated into English as “self-boiler”. Our Samovar is made from pure copper with a tolerance of 0.1 impurity, it is the universal standard for distilleries, breweries and sweet manufacturers. Copper has been used for Millenia for providing safe storage for water and food production it is naturally anti microbial. Traditionally pride of place was reserved for the samovar at the table at times of festivity and celebration. A ceremony that embodied warm-hearted hospitality was centered around the Samovar. Russian people believe that samovars have souls. It was common to say that “a samovar is singing”
Of all beverages, tea alone has the proverbial power to relieve sadness and melancholy. Tea the cup that cheers . The samovar that dispenses it is a time-honoured symbol of hospitality.

Making ready at Tintern Station.
Samovar environ in the making..
Inside the copper..
Caddy.
Design and paintwork for the Wye Valley River Festival touring caravans. .
The Samovar attendants. Photo: Paul Blakemore.
The Samovar's Moon and Bunting. Photo: Jack Offord.
The Samovar arrives in it's environ..