Exemptions from Registration of Temporary Food Facilities

Food operations limited to the following food items do not require a Temporary Event Application approval:
  • Cotton Candy*
  • Plain/ Buttered Popcorn (Kettle Corn or similar varieties will not be exempt unless pre-packaged in an approved facility)
  • Shelled or Unshelled Roasted Nuts
  • Pre-packaged items from a commercial source that is regulated by the Department or other food regulatory agency, and are packaged at the processor in individual serving portions of:
    • Frozen Ice cream
    • Frozen Italian Ice
    • Frozen Desert items
    • Loose Candy
    • Baked Goods
    • Canned or Bottled Beverage
All food or drink items made at the site of a Temporary Event that use water or ice have been purposely excluded from this Exemption since the source of the water and ice must be reviewed and granted approval. The only items permitted to be made in a home-style kitchen are baked goods prepared in conjunction with a non-profit group event. Proof of tax exemption may be required to be provided to the department in advance. All items must be non-potentially hazardous, pre-packaged and labeled to disclose that they were made in a home kitchen.

* Sweet and sticky foods are not recommended to be served near petting zoo areas. (cf. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 9, No. 5, May 2003, "Vero cytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 gastroenteritis in farm visitor, North Wales".)