The Oxford Branch will be holding its 18th CAMRA Beer Festival in Oxford Town Hall from 15th to 17th October. 140 different real ales (which have usually gone by close on Friday; we hold 40 duplicates over to the Saturday) and 50+ ciders and perries. Hot and cold food available and some seating available in the old library. Open to public 5 to 11 Thursday, 11 to 11 Friday, and 11 to 8 or when the beer runs out on Saturday. Entry on any day (pay on door, no advance sales) costs £10 or £8 to card-carrying CAMRA members and includes a commemorative glass and £6 of drink tokens. Additional tokens can be purchased. The capacity of the building is fixed and on past experience we have to hold people back on Friday evening so come early or be prepared to wait.
Would you like to help? The festival is entirely organised, set up, and staffed by volunteers. All right, we get some help with equipment from CAMRA but that’s it. We need people to set up on Wednesday 14th (moving barrels and scaffolding – there are some trollies but some lifting and carrying required, building and stocking the stillage, fitting cooling equipment) from 9 am. Then on Thursday building the bars and putting up notices, labels etc from 9 until we open to the public at 5. Then we need people to serve beer and do all the other little jobs that are needed for a successful festival until Sunday when we need to take it all down and get it ready to be collected. It’s good fun and you get some beer and food tokens, a T shirt, and a warm glow from helping a wide variety of people have a good time. If you help on Sunday morning we will buy you lunch in a local hostelry. You just need to be a CAMRA member (for insurance purposes). Any previous experience would be useful but is not necessary. If you want to get involved fill in the staffing form which has some more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org