I will be cooking some of the food for our wedding (eek) so we will need to transport it to our reception venue, which is 30 minutes away by car. The food will be in fridges at our house and will be put in a fridge at the reception venue.
I had assumed that we would need to transport everything in cooler boxes due to food safety issues, but I've calculated that we will probably need 10 separate cooler boxes, plus an ice box, due to the amount of food and the size of the containers. We will only have one ice box and one cooler box of our own, so we would have to borrow or hire the others, or look for cheap ones in thrift stores, ebay etc. That would start to get expensive, especially if we don't actually need to do it.
Can we get away with only putting some of the food in cooler boxes, with no food safety issues for 40 or so minutes? If we have to choose between different foods to store in the cooler boxes, would the dairy items be of higher preference?
The foods we would be transporting are:
Savoury dishes: baked ziti, eggplant parmigiana, lemon chicken tagine, leek & cheese tarts, chicken filo pastries, lamb filo pastries, Thai fish cakes
Dairy desserts: Chocolate mousses, lemon cheesecakes, strawberry & custard tarts, tiramisu
Desserts with not as much dairy: Sticky date pudding, pear and chocolate cake, orange polenta cake
If we don't use cooler boxes, we'll probably put the food in large plastic storage boxes, perhaps with ice blocks chucked in there. They will be in the boots/trunks of various cars. Weather on the day could be anything for that time of the year in Australia, but is most likely to be around the 65-70 degree mark.