By the time this magazine hits the pubs, our annual Steel City Beer & Cider Festival will be less than six weeks away, and we are on the lookout for more volunteers to help make the festival even better than before. If you have a day or two (or more, or just half a day even) you could spare between 8-14 October and fancy the idea of being part of our team, please get in touch. Staffing forms are now up on our website: sheffield.camra.org.uk/festival. If you can’t or don’t want to apply online you can also contact the staffing officer, Malcolm Dixon, on the official staffing telephone number (07923 416865) or at his home address (27 Longford Drive, Sheffield, S17 4LN). He can then send you a paper form to fill in. On the form you need to fill in your details and the hours you wish to work. Our staffing officer will then register you and allocate you a job and reserve you a free staff t-shirt (note only a limited stock of t-shirts have been provided by our sponsors so these are first come first served). There are a variety of roles available depending on your experience and availability, and all volunteers receive a free entry and free beer tokens as well as their t-shirt. Of course, the biggest reward is the satisfaction of being part of an enthusiastic team that makes the festival such a highlight of the Sheffield calendar! The most obvious roles include serving beer and cider at the bar but we also need staff at the entrance dealing with admissions, glasses, programmes and customer service; staff on the various stalls including merchandise, membership, beer tokens and games; staff in the office for various admin duties and of course members of the cellar team looking after the beer behind the scenes! We also really need volunteers to help on the site team setting everything up in the days before we open and taking everything down on the Sunday – we move in to an empty site on the Monday and build all the bars etc and have to leave an empty site with everything back in storage on the Sunday! We are always especially short of helpers taking down and packing away on the Sunday – we do close a little earlier on Saturday where some of the take-down jobs will begin before the staff social, but there will still be plenty to do on Sunday including van runs to our storage location. There’s no beer to be drunk but we do provide some refreshments, for example last year there were bacon sandwiches and coffee. Working a beer festival is generally enjoyed by all – some roles can be hard work, of course, but it’s also fun and if you have a passion for good beer or cider then a successful event makes it all worthwhile!