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A temporary food establishment is one that serves food to the public at a fixed location for not more than twenty-one consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration. If the event is advertised to the general public with flyers, banners, newspaper articles or by any other means, a temporary food permit is required. It makes no difference whether the food is being sold for profit or provided at no charge.
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Your event is not considered a temporary food service if the food is prepared or provided by members of the group for members of the group and their invited guests such as:
Again, this is only if the gathering is private. Any public advertisement or public invitation will mean a permit is required.
A bake sale is not considered a temporary event as long as only non-potentially hazardous baked goods are served and it is for a non-profit or charitable, educational, or religious organization. You must list all ingredients and display a placard that states that the food is prepared in a kitchen that is not inspected by a regulatory authority. You may not touch any ready-to-eat foods with bare hands. Wear food safety gloves at all times while individually wrapping foods. Take extra precautions when dealing with known allergens such as milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy, and wheat. Clearly label all common allergens on the individually wrapped baked goods. Non-potentially hazardous food examples are cookies, muffins, and cakes. No cream pies, cream fillings, or anything that needs to be kept refrigerated.
Clallam County offers an Extended Temporary Permit for food vendors. Use the Temporary Food Service Application for farmers' market applications. The permit is good for one year and is based on the original menu served at the same recurring location.