I have been a food handler and chef for the majority of my adult life, cranking 48yrs currently, and I had a couple thoughts on the permits and those questioning the mandate for the same.
1. cost...is it is the cost that causes issue I wonder? If the permits were free or you could trade for them, say with a used pair of socks or an old shoe or maybe an off key song, that would make it ok or better?
2. reason...there is a fine reason for establishing food handling processes and regulating the same, because it is important...getting people sick is quite easy to do and so is doing as much as possible to avoid the same...information and training is quite simply essential.
3. serving yourself...the idea of making a meal and sharing it is a rewarding moment that all should experience...but providing opportunity for giving the forward and reverse expulsion of bodily fluids should never be experienced or shared.
4. why...why regulate people who handle food? Because people are lazy. Not in the "you lazy bastard" sort of lazy, but more along the lines of "oh god how will I ever be able to keep up with my planned menu timing" panic sort of situation that allows a clear thinking person to forget to wash their hands, clean their tools, and take the right steps.
No one wants to make others sick, so we the people agreed that having a body of peers who are specifically trained to enforce the established safety guidelines with training, education, and inspections is important and necessary.
As for the idea that the event is an opportunity for doing what you want...sure that makes sense...as long as what you want to do does not put others in harms way. Like not washing your hands and touching someone's food or drink before they consume it.
Prove you care about your fellow burner by not being a complete and absolute piece of shit by not ignoring a simple step to help others avoid being sick...on purpose...yes, by ignoring the sanitation standards you will make others sick...it can still happen, as we are frail creatures on the whole and react differently to stimuli, especially new or different food/drink...but making the effort to follow the established minimums is always welcome and it is required.
If you do not like it, then do not serve anything...problem solved.
If your burn experience is to do whatever the fuck you want to whoever you want regardless of the potential outcome, well that is potentially criminal thinking and not following some idealistic or esoteric philosophy.
You want to burn as you want, yes! If this burning directly affects others in a way that can alter their health and well being, no.
But any civil person knows this. To call attention to one's self regarding the idea of fuck the system because you don't want to be told what to do regarding others health is just immature and notes a significant lack of growth on your part, good luck with life as a perpetual 10yr old.
If you want to serve prepared food/drinks then get the permit, follow the rules, and enjoy life knowing you did what you could to provide a wholesome product...if not, well then you are this guy or worse...
"Step up, schmuck, get some dealing done"
"H20, that's my go"
"Don't you understand? This is water. You can't live without it"
"What's a little fallout, huh? Have a nice day!"
Don't be a douche...don't be that guy...get a permit...wash your hands.