Seasonal food permit

A Seasonal Food Permit allows a vendor to sell or give away food and drinks at events and markets. Apply for a permit at least two weeks before the event.

Vendors

Seasonal Food Permit vendors typically: 

  • Provide food intended for immediate consumption
  • Provide packaged food intended for off-site consumption
  • Resell produce
  • Are wild harvesters - A wild harvester is a vendor who sells products that are grown and harvested on land that is not owned or leased by the harvester, and who is licensed according to Minnesota law or city ordinance.
  • Are farm processors - A farm processor is a vendor who sells products that are grown, raised or harvested on land owned or leased by the farm processor and have additional ingredients added that are purchased and/or not grown, raised or harvested by them on their land such as to produce sausage, bacon, cheese, flavors added to honey or maple syrup, etc. and who is licensed according to Minnesota law or city ordinance.

You must get a Seasonal Food Permit even if you have a: 

  • Restaurant license
  • State retail or state mobile food license (such as a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Mobile Food Unit or a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Retail Mobile Food Handler license)

Seasonal food permit

This permit allows vendors to participate in farmers markets and public events in Minneapolis. 

A Seasonal Food Permit allows a vendor to sell or give away food and drinks throughout the year at multiple licensed:

  • Civic events
  • Community celebrations
  • Farmers markets

We allow a maximum of two stands under each permit per event.

Timing

Apply for your permit at least two weeks before your first event. 

Cost

The annual Seasonal Food Permit is $235. Seasonal Food Permits are valid for one year, from April 1 through March 31. 

See the Minneapolis Seasonal Food Permit in English , Spanish  

 

 

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