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Parks, Recreation, & Culture » Mobile Food Concessions

Mobile Food Concession FAQs

  1. We have a tournament coming up. Who do I call first about concessions?
  2. I can't find a approved concessionaire available for my event - what can I do?
  3. What's the difference between concessions at Norbrock or Hillside Stadium versus Singh Bowl, for example?
  4. Why can't our sport association operate our own concession?
  5. Our team used to make money running concessions. How can we offset the costs of running a tournament if we can't operate the concession?
  6. We used to provide donated food services to our volunteers and participants at no charge. Do we have to use approved concessionaire?

Questions?
Please email any questions you may have that are not addressed here to tcc@kamloops.ca and an answer will be provided.

1. We have a tournament coming up. Who do I call first about concessions?
The list of "approved Mobile Concessionaires" is posted on the website (www.kamloops.ca/tournamentcapital ), or call 828-3492 to obtain a list of concessionaires, operators and contact numbers.

You can choose whoever you like from this list at your own discretion. You will likely need to provide the dates, times, type of event and numbers expected so they can prepare.

Concessionaires are familiar with the process and may or may not be able to provide their services for each request.

2. I can't find a approved concessionaire available for my event - what can I do?
If you've exhausted the list of approved Mobile Concessionaires and still no one is able to operate a concession on your behalf, you are permitted to follow up with any of the local community organizations (ie Paddlewheelers, etc) to see if they are able and willing to open for you.

Whoever you enlist, they are still required to possess all required certification and must obtain a permit from Parks and Recreation prior to setting up and operating.

3. What's the difference between concessions at Norbrock or Hillside Stadium versus Singh Bowl, for example?
The difference is the City of Kamloops has set up "mobile" concessions and "On Site" concessions. At City fields / parks where there are permanent concession facilities and regular activities, there are concessionaires that have agreed to constantly opening a concession for all events. This requires a great deal of dedication to be there for all bookings. These concessionaires are not necessarily self-contained.

At Singh Bowl, or other City parks that concessions are not as common at, we have "mobile" concessionaires - they're the ones who can set up almost anywhere and are self-sufficient.

4. Why can't our sport association operate our own concession?
You can - provided you have all necessary paperwork. Here is a list of required certification and the reasons you need them:

  • Safety inspections - to ensure your equipment is operating properly and safely
  • Business license - when selling a product or service, everyone requires a business license.
  • Permit to Operate (from the Ministry of Health) - required to ensure all health precautions are followed.
  • WCB clearance number - in case of an accident involving staff (paid or volunteer).
  • $2,000,000 insurance - in the event someone becomes ill or injured as a result of your food service or operation of food service.
  • Safety programs - (Serve it Right, Food Safe) to ensure those serving and preparing food for public consumption is prepared and served in a safe and proper manner.

Concessions, when run safely and properly, are not money-making ventures like they once were and the majority of people who can make any money at all are the ones in the food service industry. We want to provide a consistent, high quality service and product for your participants, which can only be obtained by regulating operators.

For more information see Operating a Concession in Kamloops.

5. Our team used to make money running concessions, can we offset the costs of running a tournament by operating a concession?
For food safety and health precautions, you have to be an Approved Mobile Food Concession and pay a daily permit fee to the City of Kamloops in order to sell food and beverages in City Parks.

6. Why do concessionaires have to pay the City a daily permit fee?
The daily permit fee ensures we know where vendors are operating and that we have approved their presence (to prevent double-booking of concessions) and covers some of the overhead associated with operating a concession on City property.

7. We used to provide donated food services to our volunteers and participants at no charge. Do we have to use approved concessionaire?
If you have donated food items that are not for sale or compensated by donation during your event, you are not required to enlist the services of a concessionaire.

Contact
Sean Smith
Tournament Capital & Special Events Coordinator
910 McGill Road - Tournament Capital Centre
Kamloops BC V2C 6N6
250-828-3552
ssmith@kamloops.ca

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