Bethany, Hamden, North Haven or Woodbridge community organizations, churches or groups (including schools) that plan to hold an event that will sell or serve food when the general public is invited, must obtain a TEMPORARY FOOD SERVICE PERMIT from Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD). Examples include bazaars, community picnics, strawberry festivals, fairs or any event where food is served. Two weeks time is required to process the permit, so be sure to plan ahead! Such permits are required under the Connecticut Public Health Code for food service open to the public. Failure to obtain a permit may result in the shutting down of the food portion of your event. Call QVHD if you have questions about whether or not your group needs a temporary food service permit. SEASONAL FOOD PERMITS are also required by law for food operations that are not open year round. Examples include concession stands at pool clubs and athletic facilities. ITINERANT VENDORS must also obtain a permit. Itinerant vendors are mobile food trucks including ice cream trucks.
Proper food handling, cooking and storage are essential for preventing food-borne illness. For safe food handling information and/or an application for a temporary, seasonal or itinerant food service permit, call QVHD, 203 248-4528 or visit our web site, www.qvhd.org.