Temporary Food Events


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Temporary Food Event Licensing FAQs
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City Ordinance requires all events where food is sold or given away to have a license from Metro Health. See Chapter 13, Food and Food Handlers, Article VIII Food Service Establishments, Sec. 13-213 Sanitation Requirements of temporary food service establishments. In addition, State regulations require inspections of all temporary food service establishments in section §229.170.
“(a) General. A temporary food establishment shall comply with the requirements of these rules except as otherwise provided in this section. The regulatory authority may impose additional requirements to protect against health hazards related to the conduct of the temporary food establishment, may prohibit the sale of some or all potentially hazardous foods, and when no health hazard will result, may waive or modify requirements of these rules.”
If you’re not sure whether your special event is exempt from licensing, contact Metro Health at 210.207.0135 and ask about temporary food event licensing rules, or visit the Health desk at 1901 S. Alamo.
If you wish to sell food as a temporary food booth in the Downtown business district, you MUST also contact the Downtown Operations Department at 210.207.3677.  Additional information is available. There are additional rules and permits required to do so. See below for the definition of the district from City Ordinance: Downtown business district shall be the area beginning at the interchange between Durango Boulevard and IH-35 Expressway; thence northward and eastward along IH-35 Expressway to IH- 37 Expressway; thence southward on IH-37 to Durango Boulevard; thence westward along Durango Boulevard to IH-35 Expressway, to the point of beginning.
In addition to the Metro Health Temporary Food Establishment license, if you wish to sell food during Fiesta at any sanctioned Fiesta event or on the parade route, you have to contact the Fiesta Commission.

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