Vancouver Craft Beer Week started in 2010 at a small venue in Vancouver hosting about 100 beer aficionados and 15 breweries. Over the past 9 years, it has evolved from Canada’s first-ever craft beer week into a cultural engine that showcases music, food, art, and craft beer at events across the city, from the last weekend of May to the first weekend of June every year. VCBW 2019 kicks off on May 31, continuing throughout the week and culminating at the historic PNE fairgrounds on June 8 and 9 where over 100 craft breweries and cideries will be pouring more than 300 beers and ciders. In addition to the annual celebration of craft beer, VCBW champions a number of community driven and charity events throughout the year. Some of our partner events include Beer Wars, Vancouver Mural Festival, and Beer Can Derby. The VCBW website is source for what’s happening in the craft beer community, covering beer news and events and providing an updated list of craft beer focussed venues located in and around Vancouver.
In the spring of 2010, just after the completion of the most successful Winter Olympic Games in history, a few craft beer enthusiasts gathered around a table over a few pints and a timely idea: to create a week-long festival to showcase ‘real beer’ — and so, the first Vancouver Craft Beer Week was born. Fast forward 9 years, and VCBW has become the most anticipated craft beer celebration in Canada (30,000+ attendees) and has earned a reputation as Western Canada’s premier event for craft beer, food, music, and art. Vancouver Craft Beer Week attracts an array of socially conscious, brand savvy urban dwellers who possess an affinity for premium products and services. A number of sponsorship opportunities are still available, if you are interested in partnering with us please contact:
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Vancouver Craft Beer Week champions events throughout the year, and we are always looking to grow our volunteer community. VCBW’s events are a great way to meet like-minded craft beer lovers while being a part of something great. In order to volunteer with us you must be Serving It Right certified – if you haven’t got your SIR/SEP/out of province equivalent, please visit servingitright.com for more information.
Vancouver Craft Beer Week’s main event is a city wide celebration of craft beer kicking off on May 31, 2019, continuing throughout the week and culminating at the historic PNE fairgrounds on June 8 and 9. There are volunteer opportunities for Brewers Assistants, Front Gate and Check In, Greeters, Pouring Assistants and more. Believe us when we say that our festival simply wouldn’t exist without the hard work of our amazing volunteers.When you join the VCBW volunteer family and you’ll get a Volunteer T-Shirt, a ticket to a day at the festival, and of course, an invite to our VCBW Volunteer appreciation party in July, among other perks! There are always snacks and beverages provided during your shifts too. =)
For a full list of volunteer opportunities and to register as a VCBW Volunteer:
Media accreditation will be available to editors, freelance journalists, photographers, bloggers, social media influencers and TV and radio producers who are on assignment to cover Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2019. Our request form will be available in March 2019, please check back then. If you are interested in interviewing one of our directors for a story about craft beer, please contact:
VCBW is committed to providing a safe space for all to enjoy and ensuring that craft beer is promoted and enjoyed responsibly by adults. All of our volunteers, staff, and attendees should enjoy their experiences free from harassment, assault, or intimidation of any kind, any such behaviour will not be tolerated. As with all VCBW events, Serving It Right rules apply, remember to drink responsibly, and be sure to PLAN A SAFE WAY HOME.