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Special Events: Organizers and Food Vendors

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Special Events

A special event is a temporary event where food is sold, given or offered to the public, whether it is a charitable or commercial event. Some examples of special events where food may be served or sold include:

  • Fairs and festivals
  • Farmers markets
  • Petting zoos
  • Barbecues
  • Charitable events

When food is offered to the public, it must be prepared safely and the requirements of the Ontario Food Premises Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 562) must be met. Special event organizers and temporary food vendors are responsible for making sure that all requirements are met.

Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), special event organizers and food vendors must notify the health unit of their plans to serve food to the public. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) requires that they submit a completed notification form to the EOHU at least 30 days prior to the event. Organizers and vendors must also provide any information as requested by public health inspectors regarding the source and preparation of foods served. Information and forms can be found in each of the sections below.

We believe that food safety is everyone’s responsibility.  We hope that, through our food safety education programs as well as ongoing communication, we can work together to minimize any potential risk of unsafe food.

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