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Want to be a part of the ECBF Crew?


The best way to experience the festival is from our side, working with the ECBF Crew and breweries to deliver something great and, obviously, having a few beers along the way too!

This festival couldn’t happen without our crew of volunteers, and it’s their passion and hard work that will make Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival into a truly special event.

We’re looking forward to working with a great team of volunteers, and we hope that’s you.

While we can’t pay cash, we can pay in beer and experience.  So beyond meeting and learning from the breweries and the festival teams, for each shift you volunteer, we’ll ensure you get entrance to a session of your choice. Oh, and you keep your ECBF Crew T-shirt as a memento 😉


Below are a list of roles and shifts.  If you’re interested, please reply to [email protected] with the subject line ‘ECBF CREW 2017’.  If you can tell us…

  • Which role / roles you’d like to do or are open to doing
  • Which session(s) you can do
  • Any experience (though none necessary)
  • Why you want to be involved (helps us know where best to place you)
  • Which session you’d like entry for



This is working with brewery teams who need support on their bars.  This is a “public-facing” role, you’ll be pouring beers and talking to festival-goers about drinks on offer and the breweries they come from, so you should be articulate and ideally you’ll already be a little knowledgeable about beer. Shifts will begin at least one hour before the session opens, so you can get to know the brewery and beers


Friday & Saturday daytime shifts 09:30 – 16:30

Friday & Saturday evening shifts 16.00 – 23:00

Sunday shifts 10:00 – 17.00



This job is working before sessions to make sure all the beer is in place and festival is ready to roll.  You’ll be working directly with the festival floor team, helping manage the movement of hundreds of different types of beers, making sure water containers are filled, and breaking down the odd key keg. It’s lots of heavy lifting and sweating – but the beer tastes all the sweeter for it – and a good insight into the nuts and bolts of the festival operation.




Timings below are rough indications so if they don’t quite fit your schedule do put that in the mail, any help is welcome.


Thursday 25thth May – 12:00 to 19:00

Friday & Saturday 09:00 – 13:00

Sunday – 10.00 – 13:00




The face of the festival!  You’re the first ECBF Crew that people coming to the festival will meet.  The role is simple: taking tickets, handing out festival glasses and programmes, and dealing with the guest list.  You’ll be working closely with our event manager and once the initial rush is over, it’s a case of being a general host and making sure the rest of the crew is ok!


Friday & Saturday daytime shifts 09:30 – 16:30

Friday & Saturday evening shifts 16.00 – 23:00

Sunday shifts 10:00 – 17.00

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