• Volunteering at Taste of Edmonton

    Volunteering at Taste of Edmonton

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Volunteering

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Events Edmonton is a registered charity and the producer of Taste of Edmonton. For more than 30 years volunteers, local charities and non-profits have been its tremendous supporters. Every year volunteers contribute their time and general awesomeness to help bring this festival to life. Without their support, these delicious treats would go unserved.

We would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of you. We value your support and contributions and hope everyone has as much fun as we do putting on this great event. 2017 will be another exciting year and we invite volunteers to join our team.

We have a lot of different things to do at Taste! Take a look through our list of volunteer opportunities and find what’s best for you

Not everything is straight-forward – so to make it easy, we have answers!


Volunteer Job Descriptions

How can I help out at Taste?

We have many different volunteer positions available at Taste of Edmonton! Look through our list to find the perfect fit.

Beverage Oasis

  • For all the children, designated drivers and those who are just not into a glass of beer or wine, we are offering a variety of juices and smoothies and, of course, bottled water. Against Taste tickets you will hand out these beverages, make sure to re-order supplies in time and keep your work area neat and welcoming to our patrons.
  • Shifts: 10:30am to 3:15pm; 3pm to 7:15pm; 7pm to 11pm

Festival Ambassador

  • Are you open-minded and love to approach all sorts of people and ask them a bunch of questions? Then you are the one for this position. Our funders and sponsors like to know who our visitors are and you are helping us to collecting this important data with the help of a tablet.
  • Shift: 11am-3pm; 3pm-7pm; 7pm-10:30pm

Taste 4 Kids

  • We want to ensure that Taste is a festival that the whole family can enjoy! Taste 4 Kids is a program targeted at encouraging kids to be active, eat healthy, and discover the importance of balanced nutrition. You are a patient and energetic person that loves kids. You will be leading kids through the daily activities, assisting with set-up, and ensuring that they have just as much fun as their parents!
  • Shifts: Tbd.

Ticket Seller

  • Since it is so busy at our festival, you will be supporting our team evenings and weekends by selling tickets from a debit/credit card only booth. You will be welcoming our patrons with a big smile and be the first one to answer a bunch of questions. Enjoy the fast pace of this position all while soaking up the atmosphere of the festival.
  • Shift: Mon to Thu 4:30pm to 8:30pm; Fri 4:30pm to 9:30pm; Sat/Sun noon to 5pm & 5pm to 9:30pm

Volunteer Tent

  • “Welcome to Taste of Edmonton”. Your smiley face is the first that your co-volunteers will see when they sign-in to their shifts. You will advise them, guide them, feed them, keep the whole volunteer headquarters nice and clean-and a whole lot more. This place can be pretty busy at times, so working under pressure is a good skill to have. Good people skills are a must, as you will work with a large group of people from all different backgrounds.
  • Shifts: 10am-2pm; 2pm-6pm; 6pm-11:30pm

Count Room

  • This is a busy place and can be quite hectic. You are counting, calculating, reconciling, assisting ticket sellers and more. And all this under time pressure. You will keep it cool and still enjoy the fun about it all. Basic accounting knowledge is not a must but, would be great if you have it!
  • Shifts: 10:30am-5pm; Noon-6pm; 5pm-midnight

Information Tent

  • Where is my favourite restaurant? When does the band start playing? What is the theme at Sip n’ Savour tonight? And a zillion more questions that you will hear throughout your shift. You are a friendly, open and welcoming person that loves to assist our patrons.
  • Shifts: 11am-3pm (Full); 3pm-7pm (Full); 7pm-11pm

On-Site Assistant (Full)

  • You are everywhere! Assisting the volunteer management team, relieving your co-volunteers for breaks, running errands, answering questions, helping out where needed and generally being indispensable! You have excellent people and communication skills, are a pro-active problem solver, and think on your feet – literally!
  • Shift: 9am-1pm; 1pm-5pm; 5pm-10pm

2017 Volunteer Application

Volunteer FAQs

  • What happens after I send the application form? +

    Once we receive your application form, you will be contacted to determine the date(s), time(s) and area(s) in which you will be volunteering. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences. Prior to the festival you will attend the mandatory orientation where you will learn everything about your assignment you need to know
  • What is expected from me? +

    New volunteers are expected to work a minimum of two shifts and to attend the orientation session. Depending on the area you will work in, the shifts are between 4 and 6 hours. We are a team and all depend on each other to make this festival a great experience for everyone. You are expected to commit to your schedules and to represent the festival and its organizers in a positive and professional manner at all times.
  • Why volunteer? +

    Volunteer hours look great on your resume. You meet great people, make new friends and it is also a great networking opportunity. You develop new skills at the same time while contributing to a fun-filled community event that brings joy to so many people and enriches Edmonton’s culture scene. And don’t forget the volunteer perks: You will receive a festival shirt, complimentary Taste of Edmonton tickets, and an invitation to our Volunteer Appreciation Party at the end of September.
  • Will there be a background check? +

    Yes. You will be asked to fill out the police record form. You will be required to bring two pieces of government-issued ID – Driver’s License, ID card, Passport, and Alberta Health Care Card are accepted IDs. Please note that your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and non-government-issued IDs (eg. student ID) are NOT accepted. Events Edmonton may also be contacting a reference that you must provide on your application form.
  • Can minors volunteer too? +

    Absolutely! We encourage young people over the age of 12 to join us. However, minors between the ages of 12 to 14 will be required to volunteer together with an adult or guardian and may volunteer only in certain areas. Minors from 15 to 17 will require a written consent from their parent or guardian to volunteer with us. 
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