My Steel City Beer & Cider Festival – Polly

I’m Polly, I’m 23, and I’ve been a member of CAMRA for three years. This October’s 45th Steel City Beer Festival was the sixth I’ve attended, but the first I’ve volunteered at. As luck would have it, a week off work coincided with the setup of the festival, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Over the course of a week I helped with everything from glass washing to stillage assembly, pulling pints to putting up bars. I even helped taste test the beer to make sure it was ready to be served!

Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Over the course of the festival I met dozens of new people, learned plenty about what it takes to set up a festival, and most importantly had a tremendous amount of fun.

If you have the time and the interest, helping out at a CAMRA event is a great way to spend a few hours, days, or even a week!

Festivals, Steel City Festival

About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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