Food & Drink Stalls

The National Folk Festival is a ‘declared event’ under the Food Act 2001 (ACT) and all food stalls operating at the Festival must be registered, have a Food Safety Supervisor and comply with ACT food safety laws. Public Health Officers from the ACT Health Protection Service will attend the Festival to monitor food safety and hygiene, and to provide education and support to the staff and volunteers operating food stalls.

ACT HEALTH REGISTRATION

  • Out of state food stallholders are required to obtain Declared Event Registration through the ACT Health website. There is no charge for registration but as it may take 3-4 weeks early application is recommended.
  • All food stallholders need to supply a copy of their ACT Health or Declared Event Registration to the Festival and display it within their stall.

FOOD SAFETY SUPERVISOR

  • All food stallholders must appoint a Food Safety Supervisor who has completed, as a minimum, ACT Health’s free online I’m ALERT food safety training.

COMPLIANCE

  • A Food Business Self Assessment Checklist has been developed to assist food businesses achieve compliance with food safety requirements in the ACT.
  • Food Stall Requirements prepared by ACT Health is a detailed manual outlining the registration of food stalls and the requirements regarding the transport, storage, hygiene, preparation and display of food.
  • Food stalls must conduct regular temperature checks onto a Declared Event Temperature Log.
  • All food stalls must have a tagged as tested fire extinguisher and fire blanket.
  • Food stalls using deep fryers must have a tagged as tested Dry Chemical Powder extinguisher.

Further information may be obtained here and here

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Festival management is proud of its ethical and environmental management record and strives to ensure environmentally sustainable practices are implemented at the Festival, including by its stallholders. The Festival provides waste management on site including collection of general waste, recycling, composting, and grey water and oil disposal. Stallholders of food stalls that require grey water and oil disposal should notify of this requirement in their application, as this will impact stall positioning and ensure the Festival has sufficient waste storage available.
Please be aware that:

  • All food stalls must provide biodegradable catering ware only.
  • Water in plastic bottles is NOT allowed to be sold. Free refill stations are positioned around the site to reduce waste.
  • Drinks must not be sold in glass bottles.
  • We encourage all stalls to recycle and compost as much as possible to help us reduce waste at the Festival.
  • We partner with food rescue charity OzHarvest to collect left-over food at the end of the Festival to distribute to families in need.