SAFE FOOD and BEVERAGE HANDLING
The Wellington City Council Environmental Health Team requires additional details from all stalls selling food or drink. This includes stalls selling sweets, cakes, jams, or chutneys, and stalls selling only drinks.
Via our online Food and Drink Stall Information form you confirm that you meet prescribed safe food and beverage handling requirements, and you describe how you will be able to wash hands at your stall.
Send us supporting documents: If your set up has a Mobile Food Licence, or a Food Safety Programme, or a Food Control Plan, or you have a personal Food Handling Hygiene Certificate (or similar ), then please send us a copy of these to firstname.lastname@example.org. We provide WCC with all your details. Everyone needs to complete the Food and Drink Stall Information form, even if you already hold a food licence or have a Food Control Plan registered with Council.
Your completed online form is processed by the Council’s Environmental Health Team well in advance of the Newtown Festival. On fair day officers from the WCC Environmental Health Team inspect all the Food stalls at the Festival. Please note that approved stallholders can be asked to leave the event if they are unable to meet safe food handling requirements on the day.
The WCC Environmental Health Team Guidelines are very helpful for food and drink stalls.
A reminder about completing our online form will be emailed to you (along with the invoice email) when you book a stall and tick ‘selling food’. This convenient new online portal replaces the paper WCC Safe Food Handling Form (PDF, 1,169KB) that in past years everyone had to print and fill out and return to us by email.
NEWTOWN FESTIVAL FOOD STALL LEVY
All food and beverage stalls are charged an extra $70 per stall. This levy goes towards paying for waste management, which costs thousands of $$$ each year. Food and drink stalls generate the majority of the Fair’s recycling and waste.
If the food that you sell is all pre-packaged and is not intended for eating at the Fair you still need to register as a food stall, but we can reduce the levy. Examples are jams and other preserves or confectionary. Please contact us to explain your situation before you pay – we will respond promptly.
FOOD STALL LOCATIONS
Food stalls often ask to be in the Riddiford St zones. However although there are a number of food stalls in Riddiford St they are local businesses opening outside their own premises. We can’t provide stalls with power in Riddiford Street. Food stalls are mostly grouped in food precincts – Emmett St, Rintoul St, Wilson St, Constable St, Newtown Ave and Donald McLean St. In Wilson St and Newtown Ave the bands keep playing till late (Wilson St 8.30, Newtown Ave 8.00pm) and stalls can keep trading late too.