The food festival regularly recruits temporary staff for our annual live event. From stewards to site managers, home-ec support to festival crew, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without a strong team in place to deliver the event. Watch out for job listings live from May onwards or sign-up to the newsletter to be the first to know when applications go live.

We are currently recruiting the following roles:

Role: Communications Manager

1 year, fixed-term, self-employed consultancy contract

Time commitment: approximately 2-days per week year-round, rising to a minimum of 3-days per week from June-September end

Consultancy Fee: Commensurate with experience. To be discussed with CEO

This is an exciting time to join the food festival leadership team as our much-loved annual event goes from strength to strength. Working closely with the festival CEO you will be responsible for co-creating a national communications strategy, driving growth and engaging a new generation of visitors in issues around UK food & farming.

You will have experience delivering highly-creative campaigns that generate action-led engagement. You will have a proven track record of success in marketing live-events and an understanding of back of house production requirements. You will be comfortable setting ambitious targets for engagement and growth across our channels. You are confident in being ultimately responsible for driving ticket sales and increasing visitor numbers.

Ideally you are an active communicator on food and food issues. You have experience in communicating around food & hospitality, and/or UK farming. You have an integral understanding of the issues facing our food production systems and are passionate about engaging visitors in supporting independent food producers nationwide. You have an inherent understand of how to communicate the “food movement” with a focus on positive engagement and inspiring involvement.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Developing and delivering communications strategy working closely with the festival senior management team
  • Budget holder: responsible for delivering 2018 communications budget
  • Line manager: oversees Communications coordinator and interns
  • Design: Acts as line-manager for festival design partner
  • Delivery: oversees all elements of delivery in the promotion and marketing of the annual food festival
  •  Sponsors: Acts as main point of contact for festival sponsors on the delivery of any communications elements of their packages.
  • Ensure systems for monitoring and feedback are robust and delivering useful data
  • Provides feedback and reporting on communications measurables for CEO, board, funders and sponsoring organisations.

To discuss any questions you may have please contact, Aine Morris, Festival CEO

To apply for this role please send a copy your CV along with a covering letter to with Communications Manager in the subject line.


Role: Communications Coordinator

10 month, fixed-term, self-employed contract

Job Description

  • To draft relevant copy as needed for communications across website, newsletters and social media channels
  • To administrate and maintain the festival website – uploading relevant copy, images, SEO and managing Google ad-words and analytics as needed
  • To act as point of contact for obtaining speaker profiles and images for website and programme
  • To act as point of contact for obtaining stallholder profiles and images for website and programme
  • To support with the implementation of festival social media activity – including use of Hootsuite to schedule planned content
  • To fulfil on copy requirements, upload pictures and graphics, liaise with our design team and implement competition requirements, along with any other communications activity as needed
  • To support with the compilation of the festival programme, obtaining copy, images and information where necessary. Offer copy-checking skills for the final print programme
  • To support with writing of press releases where needed
  • To offer administrative support to the festival communications team
  • To support with managing interns
  • To ensure that festival targets around newsletter, social media community, ticket sales and sponsorship objectives are achieved in a timely and professional manner

Skills and Experience

  • You have previous experience of using WordPress, Google Analytics and other online tools
  • You have experience of producing excellent written work that speaks to a range of audiences across different online platforms
  • You are organised and able to work to deadlines
  • You can deliver work from home or your own office, making use of collaborative online tools such as Google, Skype, Dropbox, etc.
  • You can also attend meetings and work days in the festival office in Abergavenny as needed
  • You have an understanding of current food, farming and environmental issues
  • The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable but not essential

To apply for this role, please send your CV with a covering letter to with Communications Coordinator in the subject line.