Buddhafield Cafe — Festival Volunteer

The Buddhafield Cafe runs at various festivals in the South West, serving organic vegan food on proper plates, and drinks in proper mugs.

At the Buddhafield Festival the Cafe and the Crew Food run side by side, but they are quite different. This page is for the Buddhafield Cafe team at the Buddhafield Festival.

The Buddhafield Cafe opens at the Buddhafield festival, serving festival-goers from 9am-11pm each day. We serve organic vegan food, on proper plates, and tea in proper mugs. The cafe is right next door to the crew food tent, sharing its back area, but the teams are organised separately, and the work is quite different. The cafe serves a varied menu, on a rolling basis, with food always available. We make gorgeous cakes and salads each day, with beautiful fresh ingredients.

You'll be part of a team that chops veg, feeds the fire that heats our hot water, washes up and serves on the counter. We are also looking for cooks and shift managers - please let us know when you apply if you want to fill one of these roles!

You'll work a 5 1/2 hour shift each day of the festival, with a 30-minute check-in and check out before and after your shift. Shifts are either the morning shift each day, or alternating afternoon and evening, meaning you'll get at least one 24 hour period in the festival off.

As well as kitchen tasks, you’ll be able to take advantage of all the festival has to offer, from yoga to dance to singing, to sitting around the fire, to listening to dharma talks and taking part in ritual. We recommend the opening and closing ceremonies, and the big ritual on Saturday night - there’s usually lots of fire! By volunteering with Buddhafield you’re becoming part of the community, and you’re also helping create the warm generous space that Buddhafield is known for.

We ask that you come and be with us 12th-18th July, in your vehicle or tent, or under your tarp, and bring your energy, generosity, skills, physical labour and your brightness. In return we offer

  • your ticket to the festival
  • 3 meals a day, plus hot drinks, from the cafe, 13th-17th July
  • meditation teaching and dharma input
  • experience of working and living in close-knit community on the land.

  A Word about Alcohol and Drugs

Please have a think about our view on alcohol and recreational drugs, as described on the Festival overview page.

We don’t wish to judge people’s views on this — and hope it won’t put you off applying! And if this would be a new way of experiencing a festival for you then why not give it a try?! However please bear in mind that if you choose to work with us and are accepted, then we’d expect this policy to be respected.