Nov 16 - 18, 2023

Volunteer Opportunities

The Grand Rapids Wine, Beer & Food Festival relies on several hundred volunteers to make the event possible.  You can earn money for an organization, or donate to charity by volunteering to pour alcohol samples at the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival. Read below for more details and to sign up!

*Must be 18+ to volunteer*

*Are you part of a NEW group or organization that would like to volunteer to fundraise?  Please email before signing up.*

Friday, November 17, 2023:

3:00 – 7:00 pm | $9/hour donation

6:00 – 9:30 pm | $9/hour donation

Saturday, November 18, 2023:

1:00 – 4:30 pm | $9/hour donation

3:30 – 7:30 pm | $11/hour donation

6:30 – 10:00 pm | $11/hour donation

Volunteering has its PERKS!

Besides the ‘good feeling’ you get from volunteering, enjoy (1) one of these added benefits:

🍷 (1) $10 Celebration Cinema Gift Card and 1 complimentary Popcorn Voucher

🍷 (1) Admission Ticket to attend the Festival (21+)


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • All volunteers are an extension of the Festival Team – and, therefore, a reflection on the image of the Convention/Arena Authority and our community. Drinking during a volunteer shift is strictly prohibited.
  • Wear black pants or skirt, white or black dress shirt & comfortable shoes (highly recommended as you will be standing for long periods of time).  Apron provided.

Things to Remember

  • Click here for event parking options.
  • Complimentary bottle of water and snacks will be available for volunteers. If you are working more than one shift, please bring your own food and a break will be provided.
  • Volunteers/Ambassadors are not allowed to serve alcohol to fellow volunteers and may not serve to volunteers who have finished their shift, but are still in uniform.
  • All Ambassadors are an extension of the Festival Team and, therefore, a reflection on the image of the Convention/Arena Authority, and our community. Drinking during a shift is strictly prohibited. You may not sample the items at your booth. Alcoholic beverage “gifts” or free samples may not be accepted at any time before, during, or after your shift.
  • A minimum of 60 volunteer hours is require for a organization volunteer group to receive compensation.  Not a part of a group?  You will be able to select one of our participating local charities to donate your hourly rate to.

Ambassador Training Videos

Ambassadors are required to have training for pouring alcohol. If you are not TIPS certified you are required to watch the video below as training.  If you are TIPS certified many volunteers find it helpful to still watch the videos as there is other important information about the event covered.

Having trouble loading?  Click HERE to watch.

Review the manual below to prepare for your shift.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Cheers!

Questions and concerns can be directed to