Volunteers are wanted to help at food festival

A call has been made for volunteers to help out at this year's Berwick Food and Beer Festival.

Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 9:08 am
The demonstration kitchen at Berwick Food and Beer Festival.

Run by the Berwick Slow Food group, a huge amount of work goes on behind-the-scenes to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible.

When it comes to the weekend itself (August 31 to September 2), the festival relies upon a team of volunteers.

Duties can include anything from helping out at the opening ceilidh, to manning the information desk or making sure the stall-holders have a well-earned cup of tea.

Extra hands are also appreciated in the popular kids’ kitchen and the demonstration kitchen.

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Local resident Jennifer Mosley began helping out two years ago after seeing an advertisement seeking volunteers.

“I remember the friendliness of the folk the first time I volunteered,” she recalled. “I was on litter picking duty going round the stalls. I noticed lots of wooden cocktail sticks were being dropped after the tasty bits and pieces of food had been tried.

“I stood with my litter pickers and set to, not an easy task I can tell you. Then when I had bagged my last one, I looked up and received a huge round of applause from folk who had gathered round watching me! Hugely embarrassing? Not at all, it was a great laugh and it still makes me smile.”

Volunteers will not only benefit from the feel-good factor of being part of a fantastic local event, there are also some fringe benefits.

All volunteers benefit from free entry to the festival and, for each shift worked, will receive a voucher for a meal from any of the festival’s delicious food trucks.

Festival co-director Ruth McNeely said: “Volunteers are essential when it comes to both planning and implementing every aspect of the festival. In reality, the festival would not be able to continue without their support. Each individual volunteer brings fresh ideas. We are so grateful for all each person does and for the time they donate.”

More than 80 stall-holders are expected this year, while the festival marquee will be home to an array of real ales, cider, wine, gin and cocktails.

The festival is championing new food and drink initiatives, among them Left Field Kombucha, which will be introducing Kombucha tea in the demonstration kitchen and Sion and Zoe Gates from Mule on Rouge offering vegan-curious, ethical food. The Cheviot Brewery will also be appearing for the first time.

If you are interested in volunteering, email berwickfoodandbeerfestival@outlook.com