Am I required to have a health permit to serve food?
Yes. Any vendor that sells food products, whether prepared at the show, or pre-packaged, must obtain a health permit. Also, any vendor that gives out any food sample during the course of a product demonstration must also obtain a health permit. These permits may be obtained from the Town of West Springfield and they must be processed thirty days prior to the start of the show. There is no exception to this rule by the West Springfield Health Department.
The show producer is not responsible for obtaining these permits. No booth refunds will be issued to a vendor that fails to obtain the required health permit. As a show producer, we must submit a list of vendors that plan to prepare food or sell food products no less than 45 days in advance of the show, so we are unable to seel booth space to any food vendors after that time.