Without the dozens of volunteers on duty each year we simply couldn't run our three events, the Spring Festival, The Magnalonga and the Ludlow Food Festival. Some of our volunteers have been with us since the start, but every year we need lots of new people to help with the festival. So if you feel you have the time to get involved we would really appreciate it.
You could be manning the car park, providing information to visitors, or helping out at the side of the stage.
As well as being involved in one of the world's best food festivals, there is a host of other benefits to being a volunteer - our way of saying 'thank you' for your time and effort - this can be free days out to local events and shows or being treated to 'thank you' days out such as brewery visits and picnics.
We often take a stand at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC and in exchange for a couple of hours manning our stand volunteers gain free entry to the show with plenty of time to look around.
The Food Festival was originally started to promote the producers and independant shops of Ludlow and the Marches and we have always stuck to that principal. Our bursaries helps young people and small producers further thier careers and businesses.
Run on a not-for-profit basis the festival only employs two staff (one full time and one part time). The directors of the festival give their time voluntarily.
Be part of the festival
We’re always looking for volunteers, without them the festival simply wouldn’t happen! To give you a true flavour of what it’s all about, we spoke to two of our longest serving stewards, Vince and Hilary Bufton who now run the stewards team.
So Vince and Hilary, what’s the best thing about volunteering?
V: Definitely the friendly atmosphere, everyone at the Festival is there to have a great time. It’s a real pleasure to help people throughout the weekend.
H: And it’s lovely seeing all the stewards again, it’s like meeting old friends’ as some don’t live locally. For those that do, the Festival organises day trips for volunteers in between festivals, which is wonderful.
And what keeps you coming back year after year?
V: It’s really our way of doing something for the community we live in.
H: Ludlow wouldn’t be the place it is without volunteers, so many events rely on them to keep going, so it’s about ensuring we don’t lose the things that make Ludlow special.
What advice would you give anyone that’s thinking of volunteering?
V: Don’t be frightened it really is good fun and it doesn’t matter what your talents or abilities we can always find you a job. It would also be great to have more young people involved; those that already volunteer have a great time.
H: I agree it’s fabulous fun, just make sure you dress for the weather, layers and comfortable footwear are my best tips.
So if you feel you have the time to get involved we would REALLY appreciate it. We’ll make sure you have a full briefing beforehand so do get in touch by calling 01584 873 957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
So, if you would like to be part of the Food Festival experience do contact us.
We look forward to welcoming you to our team of volunteers.
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