Beer Festivals

The festivals listed on this page abide by the EBCU volunteers’ code.

There are many reasons for volunteers and festival organisers to sign up to the code.

Festivals that sign up to the code are entitled to display the EBCU Volunteers Welcome logo.

DateEventLocationWebsite
JanuaryRichement BiereRichemont, France https://www.richement-biere.fr
February Great British Beer Festival (Winter) Birmingham, UK https://winter.gbbf.org.uk/volunteer
AprilZythos Bier FestivalLeuven, Belgium https://www.zbf.be 2020 Event Cancelled
AprilIsle of Man Beer & Cider FestivalDouglas, Isle of Manhttps://www.iombeerfestival.com
AprilLes Houblonnades Dijon, Francehttps://www.les-houblonnades.fr
MayØlfestival København Copenhagen, Denmark https://beerfestival.dk
JuneFranconian Beer FestivalNuremberg, Germanyhttps://bierfest-franken.de
JuneBromsgrove Beer & Cider FestivalBromsgrove, UK https://bromsgrovebeerfestival.org.uk/volunteers
AugustGents Bierfestival (Ghent Beer Festival)Ghent, Belgium https://gentsbierfestival.be
DecemberChristmas Beer Festival Essen, Belgium http://www.kerstbierfestival.be

The EBCU Volunteers’ Code

  • The festival has a named point of contact for volunteers including email and phone number.
  • Health and other issues are taken into account.
  • Roles and jobs are communicated clearly and where possible, preferences are taken into account.
  • Any complaints or issues raised by the volunteer are acted upon.
  • Adequate volunteers facilities and support are provided, e.g. seating area, non-alcoholic drinks, sufficient breaks etc.
  • Volunteers are appreciated and treated with respect.
  • Volunteers are made aware of policies that relate to volunteers including code of conduct, equal opportunities and health and safety.
  • Expectations of volunteers are made clear including time commitment, job role, presence requirements.
  • Benefits and claimable expenses are made clear to the volunteer.

Why have a Volunteers’ Code?

The code helps festival organisers to get more volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Having volunteers from other countries can generate new ideas for how to improve the festival. It provides an opportunity to utilise the expertise of people from different countries and share best practice from across the EU.

For volunteers, signing up to a festival that has committed to the code helps assure them that they are fully informed about the organisers expectations and that they will be treated appropriately and with respect.

Sign your festival up to the EBCU Volunteers’ Code


    The festival has a named point of contact for volunteers including email and phone number.
    Health and other issues of volunteers are taken into account.
    Roles and jobs are communicated clearly and where possible, preferences are taken into account.
    Any complaints or issues raised by the volunteer are acted upon.
    Adequate volunteers facilities and support are provided, e.g. seating area, non-alcoholic drinks, sufficient breaks etc.
    Volunteers are appreciated and treated with respect.
    Volunteers are made aware of policies that relate to volunteers including code of conduct, equal opportunities and health and safety.
    Expectations of volunteers are made clear including time commitment, job role, presence requirements.
    Benefits and claimable expenses are made clear to the volunteer.

    How we will use your data
    Please note that by providing us with your personal contact details you are allowing us to process your personal data in accordance with the following privacy statement.
    We only keep personal data in order for us to contact you with regards to the event you have submitted. We do not pass any personal data to third parties.
    How long do we keep your personal data for?
    If you complete and submit this form, your personal data will be stored by the European Beer Consumers Union for a maximum of 8 weeks after the end of the event you have submitted
    We will store your personal data securely and in accordance with the UK interpretation of the General Data Protection Regulations.
    If you have any questions regarding your personal data, or wish to delete or amend the details, please contact the EBCU secretary at https://www.ebcu.org/media-and-contact-info