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Food & Beverage Sampling/Selling Requirements (Including Flavours Exhibitors)

All exhibitors participating in the Flavours section (or have otherwise gotten approval to sell and/or sample food and beverage onsite), at the One Of A Kind Show, must review the information below and complete and submit the OVG Hospitality Authorization Form and the Toronto Public Health Special Event Vendor Form by March 11, 2024. 


Contract Summary


  • Any "Exhibitor" selling or distributing for the purpose of tasting or sampling a consumable food item or product shall purchase and maintain comprehensive general liability insurance naming OVG Hospitality and The Board of Governors of Exhibition Place as additional named insured, with a policy minimum liability of $5,000,000 per occurrence. A certificate of said insurance must be provided to OVG Hospitality three weeks prior to the event.  
  • Any "Exhibitor" wishing to conduct in-booth sampling or tasting must have the approval of the official caterer, OVG Hospitality.
  • Any "Exhibitor" wishing to sell or sample food product items must abide by all applicable rules and regulations as set out by Toronto Public Health and Health Canada. 
  • Any "Exhibitor" wishing to sell or sample food product must abide by the size and packaging guidelines as set out by the official caterer, OVG Hospitality. No single use plastics are permitted; all serve wares must be biodegradable. 
  • All food items sold must be packaged for home consumption (approved minimum package sizes to be determined by OVG Hospitality).

OVG Hospitality Requirements

All vendors must complete and submit the OVG Hospitality Authorization Request Form (coming soon) and a copy of your insurance certificate by (Date TBD).

As per the Enercare Centre’s and OVG Hospitality’s (formerly known as Spectra) regulations, selling of food is meant for home consumption only and must not be promoted for immediate consumption. If you feel as though your product is not compliant with this, consider the following elements when selling your food items:

  • Products must be pre-packaged for consumers to take home.
  • Packaging must clearly indicate that the item is a gift or to be taken home, ie. sealed, multiple servings, meets weight/volume requirements, etc.
    • Each individual package must be equal to or greater than one kilogram by weight or one litre by volume unless otherwise approved by OVG Hospitality.
  • Baked goods must be pre-packaged and sold in a minimum quantity of six (6). 
  • Packaging should not be cut open for attendees who have just purchased your product.
  • No single use plastics are permitted; serve ware used for sampling must be biodegradable.

Any exhibitor wishing to sell or sample outside of the guidelines listed on the application form must receive approval in advance by contacting Christine Frankie at OVG Hospitality

Toronto Public Health

While exhibiting at the One Of A Kind Show, Flavours exhibitors are expected to abide by the regulations set forth by Toronto Public Health with regards to safe food handling procedures.  

All vendors must complete and submit the TPH’s Special Event Vendor Form (coming soon) by (Date TBD). Food vendors should also familiarize themselves with TPH’s Food Safety at Special Events page for more information.

IMPORTANT: All of TPH’s regulations will be enforced. Below are a few of regulations that are most difficult to rectify once onsite.  

  • Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own Temporary Hand Washing Station. Temporary Hand Washing Station must be present in any booth where food sampling is happening. This consists of liquid soap, paper towels, a container with spigot, a raised surface to put the container on, and a bucket for the water to pour into (see below). All items are available at stores such as Canadian Tire and Walmart. Please ensure your temporary handwashing station is ready before the Show opens.  
  • Safe Sampling Practices can be achieved with the use of a few key products. Below is a list of dos and don’ts based on the type of product being sampled.  
  • Liquids and Sauces 
    Do: Use squeeze bottles or pumps to dispense the product
    Do Not: Leave open or uncovered bowls of sauce, allow customers to dip in or spoon the sauce themselves, or have the samples easily accessible so that the customers may help themselves. 
  • Solid Foods
    Do: Keep covered always, place food in a disposable container before giving the sample to the customer.  
    Do Not: Leave food uncovered, place food closer to the customer than to you, or have the samples easily accessible so that the customers may help themselves.  
  • Some helpful items to support the “dos” of food sampling are squeeze bottles, cake stand lids, and tongs.  

To help our Flavours exhibitors abide by TPH regulation, the One Of A Kind Show provides sinks with hot/cold running water at the North end of the hall for the exclusive use of Flavours exhibitors. This washing station is for dishes only and is not a substitute for the temporary handwashing station required in your booth.   

Health Canada - Food Allergen Labelling

In accordance with Health Canada regulations, all samples and food for sale must provide clear ingredient labels to help consumers identify and avoid foods which contain ingredients to which they are allergic or sensitive. In addition, samples as well as food items for sale, must be labeled in a consistent manner that is in accordance with Health Canada regulations, to alert consumers to any potential allergens, gluten sources and sulphites.  

For more information, and a list of priority allergens, please visit

Requirement for Exhibitors Selling Meat, Dairy Products, and Fish produced in Canada but Outside of Ontario

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019. These regulations address selling meat, dairy products, and fish in a province or territory different to where the food item is produced. If you manufacture your product inside Canada but outside Ontario, confirmation of your booth contract is conditional on receipt of your Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) license by Melissa Lauzon, Senior Operations Manager, at  

If you don’t already have an SFC license, follow these steps. 

  • Complete the SFC quick and simple Licensing interactive tool to determine the type of licensing you need to sell your products in Ontario. On the second page of the interactive tool, you will select the option “You manufacture, process, treat, preserve, grade, package or label food to be sent or conveyed from one province to another,” and any other applicable items.  
  • Receive the result of what type of license you need by finishing the interactive tool.  
  • Read What to consider before applying for a Safe Food for Canadians license 
  • Read Tips for a smooth Safe Food for Canadians license application
  • Create a MyCFIA account if you do not already have one.  
  • Apply for a license within My CFIA. There is a fee of $250 to do so and the license is good for two years.  
  • You will receive an electronic message indicating one of the following:  
    Your license has been issued and is available in your My CFIA account, or  
    Your license will be issued once the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has inspected the business. 
  • Once you receive your SFC license, send it to Melissa Lauzon, Senior Operations Manager, at Confirmation of your booth contract is conditional on receipt of the license.  

More information regarding SFC licensing can be found here.  

Please note, exhibitors who produce meat, dairy, and fish products inside Ontario do not need a license to sell their products in Ontario but are still able to apply for a license.  

Should you have questions, please contact Melissa Lauzon at