Clare Cullen

Committee: Food and Beverage
Number of years volunteering: 1

What memory stands out most when you think of your time at the Festival?

Working with the great team in the kitchen! It was hard work and fast-paced but everyone was so friendly and positive, and we felt we were doing important work for the running of the festival (i.e filling all those bellies with good food). We were thanked over and over which was really lovely.

The kitchen was very well-organized so I felt part of a well-oiled machine that moved along very smoothly.

The hours were long for me – 11 hours each day – but I didn’t even really notice! We could hear the music and being part of the back-stage area, we felt like we were in the centre of everything which was very cool.

Why do you volunteer for the Festival? What inspires you?

I have been attending the festival for 22 years in one form or another and love the community that comes together around the festival. I have appreciated all the hard work that goes into putting on this amazing event and felt it was definitely time that I contributed back.

And, not that I was surprised, I felt I got WAY more out of the festival this year as a volunteer than I did as a participant! Having that “inside” view of the VFMF enriched the experience and again, that sense of being part of a committed and enthusiastic team is wonderful.

What’s your favourite part of the Festival?

The music is great of course but for me it’s the people and the generosity of spirit that comes out at the VFMF.

What advice would you give to new volunteers?

Be prepared to work hard – particularly on the kitchen team – and keep a positive attitude. Be ready to step up and much-in when needed; listen well and wear comfortable shoes.

And don’t volunteer just to get the free passes – do it because you want to contribute and experience the festival from a different perspective. If you come ready to give your best effort and your authentic self, you will get so much back from the lovely community in return. The passes are just a bonus. 🙂