Volunteers needed at Great Canadian Cheese Festival on June 4-5

A multi-day, multi-faceted event like The Great Canadian Cheese Festival relies on many volunteers to make it all happen.

We’re issuing a call to culinary students from nearby colleges and people in the community to join the effort. We’ll need a wide range of skills and experience: registration staff, parking attendants, servers, hosts, three cheese-prep teams for the tutored tastings, eight culinary teams to work with chefs, set-up and tear-down crews, groundskeepers and many others.

We need more than 50 worker bees but we’ll also need a handful of take-charge people to lead teams of volunteers.

It will be work and it will be fun—but you won’t go home empty-handed.

The range of benefits for volunteers includes colourful Cheese Festival T-shirts, admission to Festival functions and lunch on Saturday according to hours worked, admission to the Cheese Fair & Artisan Food Market on Sunday and the opportunity to taste more than 100 Canadian artisan and farmstead cheeses as well as sampling artisan food and, for those of the age of majority, fine wine and craft beer. PLUS: Discounted admission to the many attractions listed at Attractions Ontario.

Here’s where to volunteer:

If you have any questions about volunteering, please email info@cheesefestival.ca.

—Georgs Kolesnikovs

Georgs Kolesnikovs is founder and director of The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, the first time ever in Canada when there is one event that cheese lovers can attend to learn, talk, taste—and purchase—Canadian cheeses from coast to coast. More than 100 artisan and farmstead cheeses represented, made from Canadian cow, goat, sheep and buffalo milk.

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