What type of equipment do I need to operate a temporary food establishment event?
In addition to a hand washing sink you need to have enough functioning equipment to keep potentially hazardous food at the proper temperature. The booth must have an overhead cover when located outdoors. You must position the overhead cover or tent so that it is located over storage areas, food preparation, cooking and serving areas. Walls are required when it is necessary to keep food and food equipment protected from the elements.

If you use ice chests ensure you have enough ice to completely submerge food so that it can hold food at 41 degrees F or less. Keep ice chests and refrigerators out of direct sunlight. Equipment must be able to hold food at 135 degrees F or more. Sterno chaffers are not allowed at events unless the event is indoors and less than 4 hours. A thermometer is needed to ensure foods are holding properly and are cooked to the proper temperatures.

For more information on setting up and operating temporary food establishment please see the Checklist for Temporary Food Establishment Operation.Checklist for Temporary Food (PDF)

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1. What is a temporary food establishment?
2. What events require a temporary food establishment permit?
3. What is a public event?
4. What forms of payment do you accept?
5. How do I receive my permit?
6. Do I still need a permit if I am not charging for the food?
7. Where do I obtain a food workers card?
8. I have a current food worker card: do I still need a temporary food establishment permit?
9. I am organizing an event and I want to invite multiple food vendors, what do I need to do?
10. I am a permitted caterer in Whatcom County: do I need a permit to offer food at an event?
11. What type of equipment do I need to operate a temporary food establishment event?
12. I’m an out of county food vendor: what type of permit do I need to offer food at an event and can I make food at my restaurant and serve it at a Whatcom County event?
13. I have a current permit for operating a mobile unit in Whatcom County: do I need an additional permit to operate at a temporary event?
14. What permit do I need to operate at the Northwest Washington Fair (NWWF)?
15. What type of produce am I allowed to offer at a temporary food establishment event?
16. Where do I clean utensils?
17. My proposed menu requires advanced preparation of food: can I make and prepare food at home?
18. Can I cook food, cool it down and reheat it later for service?
19. I would like to have a petting zoo at my event: what are the requirements?
20. Do I need any additional permits to have a temporary food establishment event?
21. How do I find out more information?