Guidelines for Pre-event Preparation & Set Up:
- It is preferable that all food is to be prepared at registered food premises, such as restaurants and other food shops etc. Preparation of food in a domestic kitchen (such as your own home) is not recommended. [ But it is not totally forbidden, contact the Newtown Festival office if you think you might need to use a domestic kitchen. ]
- Food must be purchased and prepared as close as possible to the time of the event. If prepared the night before, all readily perishable food must be refrigerated at a temperature of 4°C or below.
- Food must be transported and stored on site in covered containers and cold-stored in a refrigerator or chilly bin at 4°C or below, or hot-stored at 60°C or above. It is recommended that you use a thermometer to check the temperature of the food to ensure all food is within the recommended temperature.
- Food must be stored at least 450mm above ground. You may need to bring with you a separate table for storage of boxes with food in them, etc.
- For public safety, any cooking unit must not be facing the public unprotected or be accessible to the public. Food stallholders cooking with heat (from gas or electricity) need to have a dry powder fire extinguisher as part of their stall. A fire blanket is also recommended.
- Before the Festival you must confirm your food serving packaging (containers, cutlery, cups, napkins, etc) is locally compostable, reusable or recyclable. [ Contact the Newtown Festival office if you need advice about this. ]
Guidelines for During the Festival:
- Should you arrive at the Festival with non-compliant packaging then on the day you will be required to purchase and use locally compostable, reusable, or recyclable packaging.
- Preparation of food at the event, as distinct from cooking of food, must be kept to a minimum.
- People handling food must wear appropriate protective clothing to protect the food from contamination by their clothes and / or hair.
- People handling food must take care to regularly wash their hands. The stall set up must provide handwashing. Keep a good supply of protective gloves available.
- People preparing and cooking food should not handle money.
- Containers of food must be covered to prevent any contamination from dust, flies, birds, animals, etc and uncovered only for the minimum amount of time needed for cooking and sale.
- Cooked food, or vegetables eaten raw (lettuce, grated carrot, etc) must not come into contact with raw meats or any surfaces or utensils used to prepare raw meats.
- Ensure you have enough cooking utensils (tongs, spoons, knives, etc). It is advisable to bring more than you think you may need so that you have spares when some get contaminated, dropped on the ground, etc.
- Ensure all hot food is placed in a food warmer after cooking, or served immediately. Keep readily perishable food hot (at or above 60°C) or cold (at or below 4°C). it is recommended you use a thermometer to ensure this is the case.
- Ensure you have enough ice to keep food cold in chilly bins, etc. It is advisable to have someone who is able to obtain more ice as and when required to keep the food cold.
- Stallholders are required to have facilities for hand washing – scroll down for details. Please see your stall site info pack and the site marshal in the morning for the toilet location and waste water drainage point close to your stall.
- Please separate compostables and recycling for the crew at your nearest Zero Waste Station to process for you. All other rubbish generated at your food stall must be kept tidily in bins during the event and removed from the site at the end of the day.
If you have any questions, please contact us
Packaging must be Zero Waste compliant:
There is a long tradition of working towards making Newtown Festival a Zero Waste event, and minimising the need for rubbish to go to the landfill is a core Festival Policy. Our long-running award-winning Zero Waste Programme at Newtown Festival is now led by the team at Nonstop Solutions, who also work assisting other festivals and events throughout the Wellington region to reduce their waste.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE STALLS MUST USE REUSABLE, LOCALLY COMPOSTABLE, OR RECYCLABLE PACKAGING TO SERVE YOUR FOOD AND DRINK. ‘Locally compostable’ means the packaging is accepted by Wellington City Council’s Capital Compost facility. Here are the WCC Event Packaging Guidelines describing the sort of products Capital Compost will accept, which are the ones that need to be used to use at Newtown Festival and at other Wellington events.
Whenever possible we want food vendors to use the washable, re-usable cutlery, plates, and bowls supplied at the wash against waste stations.
Otherwise, locally compostable containers, plates, cutlery, napkins and paper bags are required.
Juice and similar drinks can be served in Pet 1 plastic cups, they are rinsed and recycled. Please encourage customers to use keep cups for coffee.
Paper bags and napkins should be natural/kraft coloured. Any printing must use non-toxic, eg soy or water based, inks.
Do not use plastic of any sort to serve food – when recyclable plastic is dirty it needs to go in the rubbish. And don’t use plant based plastics eg PLA even if the products are sold as compostable – they can’t be composted locally and they have to go to the landfill. Compostable/biodegradable/cornstarch bags and other plastic bags are also off limits.
Locally Compostable Packaging
Biochoice, Biopak, Bioware, Ecoware, Eco Soulife, Friendlypak/Vegware, Green Bean eco-tableware and Innocent Packaging are approved suppliers who sell compostable products. But take note – not all the products sold by these companies are acceptable at Capital Compost – the Wellington composting facility.
Should you arrive at the Festival with non compliant packaging, on the day you will be required to use the washable re-usables available or purchase and use locally compostable packaging.