Volunteer for The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival

Calling all food and wine enthusiasts!

WGBH is excited to host the fifth season of the Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival, September 15-18, 2016. We are again collaborating with the best chefs, producers, wineries and breweries to deliver the finest food and wine in the region. The four-day festival will include an Opening Chef’s Gala Reception, The Artisan Taste, Brunch Bar and the return of the WGBH Food Fight. Thousands of guests are expected to join us for a weekend full of delicious festivities.

We need your help to ensure this year’s festival is even bigger and better than last year’s. Volunteer positions range from set-up crew, on-site event assistants and breakdown crew...this will be an amazing opportunity to get on-site events/festival experience and help produce one of Boston's most fun food festivals!

Please review all The Taste of WGBH: Food & Wine Festival volunteer activities listed below and email me at jaime_reese@wgbh.org no later than Wednesday, August 31 if you'd like to help. Please make sure to include the following information in your email response:

  • Your full name
  • Preferred activity including date (e.g. Opening Gala Reception Prep – September 14)
  • Preferred shift (if there are multiple shifts)
  • Prior related experience (e.g. volunteer work, customer service and food-related experience, etc.)

Please note that volunteers should be comfortable standing for 4-6 hours. Volunteers working with set-up and/or breakdown must be 16+, and volunteers working during the event must be 21+.

The Taste of WGBH: Artisan Food & Wine Festival Volunteer Positions:

people at eventWednesday, September 14: Opening Chef’s Gala Reception Prep
Event Position: Set Volunteer
Shift: 11am-3pm
Position Description: Responsibilities of a Set Volunteer include setting up tables, steaming tablecloths, deploying materials to different vendor stations and placing signage around Calderwood Studio. Set volunteers must be able to lift at least 20 pounds and be able to be on your feet for extended time.

Thursday, September 15: Opening Chef’s Gala Reception Set-up
Event Position: Set Volunteer
Shift: 12-4pm
Position Description: Responsibilities of a Set Volunteer include setting up tables, steaming tablecloths, deploying materials to different vendor stations and placing signage around Calderwood Studio. Set volunteers must be able to lift at least 20 pounds and be able to be on your feet for extended time.

Thursday, September 15: Chef’s Gala Reception
Event Positions: Registration, Ticket Taker, Greeter/Glass Distributor, Floor Service (keep areas tidy, empty trash, dump buckets, distribute ice, pour water), Docents, Wine Pourers (must be TIPS certified), Volunteer Photographer and Photographer Assistant (WGBH Volunteers must be 21+ to participate)
Shift: 5-10:30pm
Position Description: The festival kicks off with the Chef’s Gala Reception featuring the cuisine of 24 award-winning chefs. This magical evening features select pairings of wine and craft beer for each enticing dish; live music; and sweet surprises tucked among the linen-clad tables, beautiful décor and dazzling lights. Those with VIP access will enjoy special experiences including access to the Audi patio, tastings in the VIP Lounge and an exclusive gift.

Thursday, September 15: Opening Chef’s Gala Reception Breakdown
Event Position: Breakdown Volunteer
Shift: 10pm-12am (Breakdown volunteers will receive a FREE ticket to The Artisan Taste on 9/17 from 6-9pm)
Position Description: Responsibilities of a Breakdown Volunteer include folding and stacking tables, removing tablecloths, returning materials to catering kitchen, taking down signage around Calderwood Studio, etc. Breakdown volunteers must be able to lift at least 20 pounds and be able to be on your feet for extended time.

Closeup of shrimp dishFriday, September 16: The Artisan Taste Tent Set-up
Event Position: Set Volunteer
Two Shifts Available: 2-6pm or 6-10pm
Position Description: Responsibilities of a Set Volunteer include setting up tables, steaming tablecloths, deploying materials to different stations and placing signage and festive décor around the Artisan Taste tent in the back lot. Set volunteers must be able to lift at least 20 pounds and be able to be on your feet for extended time.

Saturday, September 17: The Artisan Taste Tent Set-up and Exhibitor Welcome
Event Position: Set & Greeter Volunteer
Shift: 1-3pm
Position Description: Responsibilities of a Set & Greeter Volunteer include last-minute set-up tasks and greeting and leading Artisan Taste exhibitors to designated area within the tent. Volunteers will also assist The festival vendors in finding their spots. Set volunteers must be able to lift at least 20 pounds and be able to be on your feet for extended time.

Saturday, September 17: The Artisan Taste
Event Positions: Ticket Sales/Will Call, Membership Sales, Bag Check, ID/Wrist Band Greeter, Table Runner (refill water pitchers, replace ice, clear trash around booths), VIP Lounge Assistant (restock magazines, replenish water station, keep area tidy), Contest Food Runner (running food samples to judges from 5-9pm only), Volunteer Photographer and Photographer’s Assistant (WGBH Volunteers must be 21+ to participate)
Two Shifts Available: 1:30-5pm or 4-10pm
Event Description: This Grand Tasting event showcases tasty bites from nearly 30 of New England’s best chefs and more than 100 premium adult beverages from around the world. Live musical guests will be featured along with book signings from popular chefs and cookbook authors. Guests will enjoy a live pit BBQ demo from Andy Husbands; tomato preservation demo with Ciao Italia! personality, Mary Ann Esposito; all while supporting WGBH, the local culinary community and small farmers. The evening is rounded out by the unveiling of the 2016 WGBH Culinary Stewardship Awardee.
**Please share any prior customer service, culinary and/or food service experience...a definite PLUS.

Saturday, September 17: The Artisan Taste Breakdown
Event Position: Breakdown Volunteer
Shift: 9pm-12am (Breakdown volunteers will receive a FREE ticket to the Food Fight event on 9/18 from 3:30-6:30pm)
Position Description: Responsibilities of a Breakdown Volunteer include folding and stacking tables, removing tablecloths, returning materials to catering kitchen, taking down signage around Calderwood Studio, etc. Breakdown volunteers must be able to lift at least 20 pounds and be able to be on your feet for extended time.

Two ladies enjoying the Brunch BarSunday, September 18: Brunch Bar Tent Set-up and Exhibitor Welcome
Event Position: Set & Greeter Volunteer
Shift: 8-11am
Position Description: Responsibilities of a Set & Greeter Volunteer include last-minute set-up tasks and greeting and leading Brunch Bar exhibitors to designated area within the tent. Volunteers will also assist festival vendors find their booths. Set volunteers must be able to lift at least 20 pounds and be able to be on your feet for extended time.

Sunday, September 18: The Brunch Bar
Event Positions: Ticket Sales/Will Call, Merchandise Sales, Membership Sales, ID/Wrist Band Greeter, Table Runner (refill water pitchers, replace ice, clear trash around booths), VIP Lounge Assistant (restock magazines, replenish water station, keep area tidy), Volunteer Photographer and Photographer’s Assistant (WGBH Volunteers must be 21+ to participate)
Shift: 9am-2:30pm
Event Description: This brunch Grand Tasting showcases an impressive array of popular restaurants and award-winning chefs serving up delicious dishes side-by-side with refreshing wines, special craft beers and ciders and juicy cocktails made with local spirits. The event features live cooking demos, panel discussions and talks from national and local celebrity chefs.
**Please share if you’ve had prior customer service, culinary and/or food service experience...a definite PLUS.

Selections of appetizersSunday, September 18: Food Fight
Event Positions: Ticket Sales/Will Call, Merchandise/Membership Sales, ID/Wrist Band Greeter, Table Runner (refill water pitchers, replace ice, clear trash around booths), VIP Lounge Assistant (restock magazines, replenish water station, keep area tidy), Volunteer Photographer and Photographer’s Assistant (WGBH Volunteers must be 21+ to participate)
Shift: 1-7pm
Event Description: After an enthusiastic reception in 2015, we’ve brought back the Food Fight, this year featuring food on a stick. We’re excited to showcase 10 chefs serving up their interpretation of the competition theme in the Grand Tasting Pavilion. The most casual of the events, the Food Fight has a multitude of activities for attendees, culminating in awarding one chef the title of champion, chosen by the crowd. The event features special vintner, brewer, and distiller tastings accompanied by live cooking demos. There will be special pop-up treats and a live DJ spinning the perfect tunes to accompany one of the last remaining summer nights — all taking place on the WGBH Television Studios lot.
**Please share if you’ve had prior customer service, culinary and/or food service experience...a definite PLUS.

Sunday, September 18: Food Fight Breakdown
Event Position: Breakdown Volunteer
Shift: 6-8pm (Breakdown volunteers will receive a FREE ticket to attend the upcoming Stories from the Stage event)
Position Description: Responsibilities of a Breakdown Volunteer include folding and stacking tables, removing tablecloths, returning materials to catering kitchen, taking down signage, etc. Breakdown volunteers must be able to lift at least 20 pounds and be able to be on your feet for extended time.

The fifth annual Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival helps to support the great educational and cultural programming on WGBH. WGBH members, community friends, and a host of celebrity chefs will mix and mingle around their favorite topic: good food. Be sure to join us this year! Think your friends and family may also want to volunteer for this event? If so, feel free to pass this information on to them, too!

Cheers!

Jaime
Volunteer & Marketing Manager, WGBH

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