What is Your Favorite Carnival Treat?

Posted on July 15, 2011


A big part of our summers involve attending fairs and festivals; and why not?  There are always fun things to see and experience, such as art work, music, games, rides and many types of foods. Because food borne illnesses increase during the summer month, it is very important to follow food safety steps.  Food borne illnesses are caused by eating food or drinks contaminated by germs. One reason for the increase is that people are cooking and eating outside at places like fairs and festivals more often. And some of the usual safety controls that would be inside a kitchen such as a thermostat-controlled cooking, fridge, washing facilities may not be available when cooking and dinning at these events.

Remember that food safety practices should be the same at the fairs as they are at home: clean, separate, cook, and chill. You can check these links out for a safe food summer; link, link

Here are some key things to look for when considering buying food from a vendor in such events: Does the vendor have a clean workstation?

  • Do they have a sink for employees to wash their hands?
  • Do the employees wear gloves or use tongs when handling food?
  • Does the vendor have refrigeration on site for raw ingredients or pre-cooked foods?

 Also just because you’re at a fair it doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy. Check the vendors out to see if they offer healthy alternatives. If they are not available consider bringing your own food to save money and calories.

Check out this article for more information on food borne illnesses and safety. Call the Mayors Health Line with any questions, (617-534-5050).

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