Yes. Food items should be served and prepared in a sanitary manner consistent with Florida Department of Health. Vendors selling any food items and persons wishing to give away food are required to be in compliance with the established Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation guidelines for Temporary Food Service Events and have all the appropriate business licenses and insurance. Anyone who serves food to the public at a temporary food service event needs a license. Food may not be stored or prepared at private residences.
Inspectors from the State of Florida may be in attendance at any event held within the City of Tampa. Food vendors are required to meet the minimum standards of the State and be prepared to purchase a temporary food service license from the inspector.
At least three business days prior to the scheduled event, the applicant must notify the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation of the following items:
- Type of food service proposed
- Time and location of the event
- Complete list of food service vendor owners and operators participating
- Current license number of each public food service establishment participating
Applicants may complete notification requirements by telephone at (850) 487-1395, in person at the appropriate district office or in writing. For more information, please review the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation Guide to Temporary Food Service Events.