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!