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Planning a Community Event?

Food served or sold at community festivals, fundraising events and farmers' markets are an important part of local life in communities across Ontario. Before planning your event, take the time to do some careful food safety planning.  Food safety is everyone’s responsibility. 

Special Events

If you are planning to sell or offer food to people at a special event in the community, you must notify the Porcupine Health Unit no later than 15 days prior to the event. Applications can be emailed to inspections@porcupinehu.on.ca or dropped off at your local health unit office.

Special Event Application

Special Event Operating Guidelines

Your public health inspector will review your application and explain the health regulations that are in place to help prevent food-borne illnesses caused by improper food handling, storage and preparation. We look forward to working with you toward a safe and successful event.

Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ Markets are a great way to encourage people to buy locally and to support their community. Food, however, can be a vehicle for many germs, some of which can cause foodborne illness and make people very sick.

Notification and applications forms from both market organizers and vendors must be made at least 15 days prior to the start of the market. Applications can be emailed to inspections@porcupinehu.on.ca or dropped off at your local health unit office.

Organizer Application or Vendor Application 

Operating Guidelines for a Farmers' Markets 

Self-Inspection Checklist for Food Vendors at Farmers' Markets

Your public health inspector will review your application and discuss the health regulations that are applicable to you. We look forward to working with you toward a safe and successful event.

If you have any questions or concerns about Special Events or Farmers' Markets, contact a Public Health Inspector at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818.