Test your tea and biscuit skills against other steampunks at Clockwork Alchemy’s Tea Dueling tournament. Three rounds of gripping, dipping, and nomming followed by a grand finale. Do you have what it takes to be a duelist?


The rules of tea dueling are relatively simple. The duel is a contest of wills between two competitors.

Each competitor is provided a cup of tea and their choice of a biscuit. The competitors must hold the biscuit in a two-fingered hold. When instructed to dunk, the competitors must submerge at least 75% of the biscuit in the tea for a count of five, and then pull the biscuit out of the tea. This is where the duel begins!

The goal of tea dueling is to get a clean “nom”, in which you put the biscuit in your mouth and bite it without having lost any pieces along the way. This sounds easy, but as the biscuit has been submerged in hot tea, it will want to immediately fall apart, presenting difficulty in achieving a clean “nom”.

If both duelists achieve a clean nom, the one who waited the longest before eating their biscuit is declared the winner.


Tea Dueling – Round 1

Friday, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm (1 hour)
Courtyard (1st floor)
Have you always wanted to Tea Duel? This weekend is your perfect opportunity! The winners from each day will duel it out in the final challenge on Sunday.

Tea Dueling – Round 2

Saturday, 11:00 am–1:00 pm (2 hours)
Courtyard (1st floor)
There are various forms of dueling, but the most refined form of dueling is with the mighty leaf! Try this elegant sport as a more civilized way to handle heated discussions.

Tea Dueling – Round 3

Sunday, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm (1 hour)
Courtyard (1st floor)
Round three of the tea dueling…who will reach the finals?

Tea Dueling – Finals

Sunday, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm (1 hour)
Courtyard (1st floor)
The Final Challenge – Join us for the final showdown of Clockwork Alchemy Tea Dueling.