Rachel Tan - “Volunteering at the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival”


Rachel Tan

Rachel is a PhD candidate at the Higher Education Development Centre, University of Otago. She likes to meet people and is a big fan of nature and photography.

It is here again, the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival is taking place on 12 November 2016. Otago University Student Association (OUSA) has been organising the festival for the local community at the indoor Forsyth Barr Stadium since 2013. I experienced the family-friendly event last year and really enjoyed the happy atmosphere where people could socialise with good beer and food. It is essential to purchase a ticket to attend the event. However, to get free entry to the event, my office mate, Naoko and I volunteered to be part of the ‘Power Rangers’ team and we were given two tasks.


The stadium - our venue for the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival

Our first task consisted of setting up the stadium and we volunteered for four hours on a Wednesday. We went to the stadium a few days before the event to be briefed on how to arrange the tables and chairs in the area. Prior to our physical work, we were treated with some sausages to boost our energy levels. The physical work felt like working out at the gym, a change of scenario from our PhD academic work every day.


Moving tables to set up for the festival

Our second task was distributing leaflets at the Saturday Morning Market. Naoko and I were given a stack of these flyers to distribute. It was an easy task to inform people about the festival to be held that evening. We accomplished the task in less than an hour.


Beer selection at the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival