Dungog Tea Party is on August 20-25

Tea party: The event will feature hundreds of creative tea cosies along with quirky teapots like those pictured here with Erika Seck.
Tea party: The event will feature hundreds of creative tea cosies along with quirky teapots like those pictured here with Erika Seck.

Hundreds of visitors are set to pour into town for the first Dungog Tea Party next week.

The event which has been 18 months in the planning is to be held from Tuesday, August 20 to Sunday August 25.

When the popular Morpeth tea pot and tea cosy festival was held for the last time in 2017, Dungog took up the reins to run a slightly different version of the event.

Campbell's Store owner Trevor Richards and his wife Shirley had run the Morpeth event since 1987. It was a 10-day event with more than 1500 vessels on display.

Shops in Dowling Street are expected to be steeped in tea-themed decorations while most of the activity centres around The James Theatre in Brown Street

Here there will be a display of residents' favourite quirky teapots along with the big drawcard - all the entries in the 2019 Tea Cosy Challenge and the Trivet Challenge.

Erika Seck from the committee said there had been 238 creative tea cosy entries in the challenge and around 75 per cent of those creations would be for sale.

The main prize in the challenge is $500 cash with categories including country capers, Australiana, superheroes, paddock to plate and treasured memories.

There is the chance to buy other tea related products including a range of quirky teapots. Anyone who wants to display their own novelty teapot during the festival can contact 4992 3692.

Keeping with the tea theme there is the chance to have your future told with tea leaf readings on Wednesday, August 21 from 10.30 until 2 and to have your favourite pet painted on a mural by Karen Scott.

As part of the festival the Dungog Art Society is holding a paint workshop on Friday, August 23 from 2-4pm.

Cost is $20 with all art supplies included to create your own unique artwork. Afternoon tea will be served. Spaces are limited, so a booking is required. Contact Michelle on 0429476779 for more information.

Children's artwork for the Tea Party will be on display at Lovey's IGA supermarket in Dowling Street.

Entry to The James Theatre each day of the party between 10am and 4pm is free.