Temporary Food

Introduction
A temporary food establishment is defined by the 1999 Food Code as a food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration. Temporary food events are licensed and inspected by the Shrewsbury Health Department in accordance with Massachusetts Regulation 105 CMR 590.09 Minimum Sanitation Standards for Food Establishments – Special Requirements.

A temporary food event is one where food is served to an open-ended number of participants over a period of time. Event planning is driven by the desired hours of operation and the estimated number of attendees. Having a food booth or table, where no specific invitation is given, and where people can stop and receive food or drink, is one example of a temporary food event.

Definition
“Temporary Food Establishment” means a food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.
The following is required by the Shrewsbury Health Department:

  • Completed food permit application
  • Copy of ServSafe certificate (if serving potentially hazardous food)
  • Copy of Allergen Awareness certificate (if serving potentially hazardous food)
  • Copy of the food permit from the Town you're based out of
  • Copy of the last food inspection report from the Town you're based out of
  • List of all food and/or beverages to be offered
  • Date and time of the event
Please see Shrewsbury Board of Health Fee Schedule for permit fee information under Related Documents below.