All Taste Real volunteers

Local Food Fest 2018

The 13th Annual Local Food Fest will be held at Ignatius Jesuit Centre (minutes north of Guelph), on Sunday, June 24th 11am - 4pm.  

It's a beautiful location and a really fun day!  We need lots of volunteers to help with a variety of activities.
Why volunteer? There are so many reasons! Come and learn about local food, get involved in your community, be part of an amazing event, and most of all have fun! You will be provided with a brand new Taste Real T-shirt and delicious locally-prepared snacks will be available in the Volunteer lounge throughout the day.

How to apply and Signing the Volunteer Waiver
To apply to volunteer please sign up for a shift or several shifts below. Once you have been accepted , a waiver will be sent to you via email that we require you to submit to us at the start of your shift!

High School Volunteer Hours
We are happy to sign off on high school volunteer hours. Please bring your sheet along and find Christina at the end of your shift.

Created by:   Christina Mann
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Available Slot Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EDT)

Friday Dish Washing

Come out the week before to run the dishes through the commercial dish washer in the Loyola House kitchen! A truly once in a life time experience. No previous experience required. You will be working alongside experienced staff.

06/15/2018 (Fri) Ignatius Jesuit Centre  
9:00am - 12:00pm (6)  
2 of 6 slots filled
Jill McCracken
Susan Bard

Fencing, Tents and Site Prep

Do you want to impress us? Sign up for this. Physically demanding but extremely satisfying.

06/21/2018 (Thu) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
9:00am - 11:30am (7)  
3 of 7 slots filled
Tania Orton
Graeme Sheffield
Zhanbo Liu

Saturday Set-up

Do you like walking up early on the weekend? Of course you do. Please help us arrange the final details of the event.

06/23/2018 (Sat) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
10:00am - 2:00pm (8)  
5 of 8 slots filled
Rebecca Eves
Graeme Sheffield
Zhanbo Liu
Emma Mitro
Christina Mann

Sunday Set-up

Help us as we run around frantically to tie up loose ends. This is one of the most fun and exciting times of the festival and you'll be jazzed by the time the gates open.

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
8:00am - 11:00am (6)  
4 of 6 slots filled
Hannah Senitt
Graeme Sheffield
Emma Mitro
Christina Mann

Vendor Reception/Logistics

Have you always wanted to meet a farmer? Or maybe a chef? Here is your a chance. Greet and help manage vendors as they arrive.

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
9:00am - 12:00pm (2)  
All slots filled
Joanne Backman
Kate Vsetula


Front line soldiers. Must be comfortable asking for donations and intracting with strangers, responsible for the festival entrance way.

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
9:00am - 12:00pm (4)  
2 of 4 slots filled
Brian Beck
Beth Parks
12:00pm - 3:00pm (4)  
1:00pm - 4:30pm (4)  
1 of 4 slots filled
Joanne Backman

Fun Zone Coordinators

One of the most fun jobs at the festival. Hang out with our youngest visitors and show them all the fun activities we've line up for them. An updated police check is required.

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
9:30am - 1:00pm (2)  
1:00pm - 4:30pm (2)  
1 of 2 slots filled
Rebecca Eves

Volunteer Coordinator

Do you have photographic memory? Are you at least 6 ft? DOESN'T MATTER. We need someone independent and organized to help greet and manage the volunteers throughout the day. Breaks are included in this shift!

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
10:00am - 4:00pm   
Emma Mitro

Vendor Coordinator

You are essentially the MVP of this event. Help to keep our vendors happy and make sure they have everything they need throughout the duration of the event. Breaks are included in this shift.

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
10:00am - 4:00pm   
Andrea Lewis

Stage assistant

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be backstage of a HUGE, POPULAR event? You're in luck, help organize and coordinate preformers.

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ingnatius Jesuit Centre 
10:30am - 2:00pm   
Emma Mitro
Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
1:30pm - 5:00pm   
Emma Mitro


Can you fix anything with duct tape? This is the job for you. Utility person, be prepared for a variety of tasks.

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ingnatius Jesuit Centre 
10:30am - 2:00pm (6)  
2 of 6 slots filled
Jessie Wilkinson
Donald McCarthy
06/26/2018 (Tue) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
2:00pm - 5:30pm (6)  

Beer ticket sales

Must be 21 years of age or older. This is your opportunity to ask your parents for their ID. No, seriously, you are responsible for selling beer tickets and must feel comfortable to ask for proof of age.

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ingnatius Jesuit Centre 
10:30am - 2:00pm (2)  
All slots filled
Allison Graham
Sue Cavanagh
Can only cover till 1-ish
06/26/2018 (Tue) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
2:00pm - 4:30pm (2)  
1 of 2 slots filled
Renee Allan

Workshop Volunteers

We have a handful of amazing workshops planned this year. Volunteers will be assigned to a specific workshop instructor to assit with prep, clean up and during the workshop.

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
11:00am - 2:00pm (5)  
3 of 5 slots filled
Christine Jepp
Cliff Gates
Tonia von Hugo
12:00pm - 3:00pm (5)  
2 of 5 slots filled
Beini Wang
Annika Lusis

Parking attendant

We need YOU! Direct arriving guests to available parking spaces. This sounds easier than it is. You will be our logistical hero! Must be comfortable in using a walkie-talkie. Did you know that Einstein started out as a parking attendant? Just saying.

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
11:00am - 2:30pm (3)  

Sunday Tear down

We will be attempting to break a world record for "fastest festival clean up", please sign up and help us go home sooner!!

06/24/2018 (Sun) Ignatius Jesuit Centre 
4:00pm - 6:00pm (8)  
3 of 8 slots filled
Graeme Sheffield
Kelly Guthrie
Christina Mann

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