National Bubble Tea Day
annually on April 30th (since 2018)
Kung Fu Tea on February 8th, 2018
National Bubble Tea Day was created by Kung Fu Tea to challenge the face of the beverage industry with their bubble tea and to share their passion for the drink with others. The day takes place on the anniversary of the date they opened and was first held in 2018, on their eighth anniversary. In past years on the day, Kung Fu Tea has given out free bubble teas or has had buy one, get one free bubble tea promotions.
Bubble tea, which also goes by names such as pearl milk tea, boba milk tea, and boba, was created in the 1980s in Taiwan. Two cities in the country, Tainan and Taichung, both claim that it was invented in tearooms in their cities. By the early 1990s, it was widespread in Hong Kong, Japan, and Vietnam. It was then brought to the Chinatowns of North America, and by the late '90s, it could be found in non-Asian shopping areas and nightlife districts. Today it is particularly popular in the San Francisco Bay area, and it remains popular with Asian Americans. Its popularity grew enough that a bubble tea emoji arrived in 2020.
Bubble tea is usually made with green, black, or oolong tea, but white tea is sometimes used as well. One of many varieties of milk is often added, although it is not necessary, and sugar is often mixed in as well. The tea is commonly fruit-flavored from the addition of powder, pulp, or syrup. The drink is then generally shaken in a cocktail shaker with ice, poured into a glass, and covered with toppings. Most often it is topped with chewy tapioca balls, which are known as bubbles, boba, or pearls. Bubble tea can also be topped with substances of a similar texture, such as popping boba, sago, puddings, or jelly made from fruit, grass, agar, or aloe vera. Two of the most common bubble teas are black pearl milk tea and green pearl milk tea.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by drinking bubble tea! The best place to do so is at Kung Fu Tea, the company that started the holiday. They have many different varieties of tea you could try. Check online to see if they are giving out free tea or having a buy one, get one free special. Make sure to post photos of your tea on social media with the hashtags #NationalBubbleTeaDay and #KungFuTea. You could also celebrate the day by making your own bubble tea at home.