Let's Celebrate Safely Together in Stockport with the Food Standards Agency

Stockport Council is working with Food Standards Agency on how to serve up safe food this Jubilee

It’s only ten days to go until the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee so if you’re planning to celebrate in Stockport during the long Bank Holiday weekend (2-5 June 2022), and you’re not sure where to start, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Stockport council is here to help.  We have some easy to follow tips so that the food at your event will be memorable for all the right reasons. 

To ensure a risk-free celebration, remember warm weather and outdoor cooking are the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow, and risks remain when preparing and serving chilled food in these conditions.  

Planning an event in Stockport? Here are some simple tips if you're making food for large numbers of people:  

wash your hands regularly with soap and water before food preparation and consumption 

always wash fresh fruit and vegetables 

keep raw and ready-to-eat foods apart 

do not use food past its use-by date 

always read any cooking instructions and make sure food is properly cooked before you serve it – it needs to be piping hot 

ensure that food preparation areas are cleaned and sanitised before and after use and ensure equipment is washed in hot soapy water 

plan ahead to keep your food cool until you're ready to eat. Any foods which you would usually keep in the fridge at home also need to be kept cool on your picnic. This includes; any food with a use-by-date, cooked dishes, salads and dairy products 

place these foods in a cool box or cool bag with ice or frozen gel packs. Distribute these throughout the box or bag, not all at the bottom. You can also use frozen drinks to help keep your cool box cold. Store cold food below five  degrees to prevent bacteria from growing.  

You do not need a food hygiene training certificate to make and sell food for charity events, however, you need to make sure that you handle food safely.  Following FSA guidance on the 4 C’s: cleaning, chilling, cooking, avoiding cross-contamination will help you prepare a safe feast for your community.  

If you are putting on a one-off event for friends and neighbours, you do not need to register, however if any food businesses are present they must be registered with the local council. 

Find out more about holding a street party and contact  your local food safety team on the FSA  website:[link toContact a local food safety team.]