The ACS Conference & Competition takes place with the support of hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time to help make our events successful.
We are currently seeking volunteers who love cheese, or who simply enjoy lending a hand, for “Forged in Cheese” — our 2018 events in Pittsburgh! Volunteer shifts are available between the dates of July 20 – 28, 2018.
Volunteers assist with many aspects of Conference events, from helping behind the scenes of the renowned ACS Judging & Competition to preparing cheeses for the Festival of Cheese and Cheese Sale – ACS’s signature events, featuring over 2,000 cheeses and samples of gourmet foods, craft beer, cider, and more.
All volunteers receive an official volunteer t-shirt, a complimentary ticket to the Festival of Cheese on Saturday, July 28 (opens at 6 PM for ACS members and from 7-9:30 PM for the general public) and any meals that coincide with their shift(s). In addition, volunteers assisting with the ACS Judging & Competition will also receive a ticket to our Awards Ceremony & Reception on the evening of Friday, July 27.
Judging and Competition Volunteers
Volunteers will assist with the ACS Judging & Competition, which takes place immediately prior to the ACS Conference. Volunteers may unpack boxes, organize recyclables, label and place cheese on trays, move heavy trays onto racks and tables, and run racks of cheese from the receiving room to refrigerated trailers. Volunteers may also move cheese in and out of trailers and organize and inventory cheeses for the judging. Volunteers may be asked to lift up to 40 lbs.
Key dates for Judging & Competition: Fri, July 20 & Mon-Tues, July 23-24
Festival of Cheese & Cheese Sale Volunteers
Volunteers will assist with the set-up of the Festival of Cheese and Cheese Sale, including breaking large wheels and blocks of cheese down into smaller portions, wrapping cheeses, creating platters of cut cheese for display and sampling, coordinating props, decor, and serveware, and displaying cheese signage. For the Cheese Sale, volunteers may also assist during a portion of the event to set up or help shoppers with their selections. Prior experience working with cheese or specialty foods is preferable but not required. This is a fun, team-oriented volunteer experience for anyone who simply loves cheese!
Key date for Festival of Cheese & Cheese Sale: Sat, July 28.