Volunteering at the Bristol Beer Festival
The eighteenth annual CAMRA Bristol Beer Festival will run from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th March 2015 at Brunelís Old Station, Temple Meads, Bristol. Over 150 people volunteer each year. Many come back year after year as volunteering at the festival is great fun. You get to work with people who share your enthusiasm for ale and support CAMRA's aims. There are also plenty of opportunities to introduce drinkers to your favourite ale. On top of all that you can sample some of your favourite and new tipples (sensibly, of course!).Don't worry if you need to catch the last bus or train, just let us know on the form and we'll make sure you get away on time.
We set up Tuesday to Thursday. This involves taking delivery of beer, setting up the stillage, getting the barrels onto the stillage, hanging up signs, putting programmes into glasses, setting up chairs and tables, and setting up the stalls for games and products. The vendors also set up their stalls during this time.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday is all about the festival itself. Working behind the beer and cider bars will keep you busy and challenged as punters ask for advice. But it's not just serving drinks. We need people to give out glasses, sell tokens, drum up trade on the games, and act as stewards. Stewards make sure that everyone is happy from punters to other volunteers on the stalls. They keep the place tidy and chat with folk so that everyone is safe.
Between sessions on Friday and Saturday is time to refresh the venue:
tidying up, re-covering and rearranging tables, cleaning up any spillages,
replenishing the glasses, and checking the stock looks good on the stalls.
We could also do with some more help
from 10am before we open the sessions on Friday and Saturday lunchtime.
Sunday is when it all comes down. Barrels need to be emptied, stillage dismantled, unused products packaged for return to HQ, signs are taken down and stored for next year or returned. We know it's hard to get going on the Sunday so we help things along with a bacon (or egg) butty.