How a Food Swap Works
Bring a list of ingredients for all your foods, if possible, and be able to denote any
special dietary restrictions – gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free,
egg-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free, when asked.
Bring a lot of one item, or a few of several items. You decide. The more you bring, the
more goodies you’ll likely take home. We will have up to 30 participants, so you can bring up to about 35 items to swap.
Please package/wrap your food so that it’s swap-ready. Make sure that the amount you
are swapping is clear. We encourage reusable, recyclable packaging whenever
Please practice good food-safety standards. We don’t want anyone getting sick
because something was sitting out too long when it should have been
refrigerated. Take precautions to adequately protect your food while it is in
transport, and while it is at the swap, if needed (i.e. a cooler).
If possible, bring samples for others to try.
We will provide swapping cards, name tags, writing utensils, and other necessary
materials for the event. Swap will be held in a silent-auction format, and you
will be free to choose which trades to accept for your products. Bring as much
or as little as you like; there are no caps or minimums. Please package/wrap
your items to keep them safe and intact while they are being perused by other
goods on a table, in a space approximately 1.5’ wide, alongside a blank card.
The first part of the swap is devoted to walking around, examining, talking, and
sampling items from the other swappers.
want, along with what you’re offering to swap in exchange (silent-auction
style). For example, if Jenny has some pesto you’d like to swap for, you would
write on her card that you’re name, and “1 dozen eggs” to indicate that you are
willing to swap a dozen eggs for her pesto. Multiple people can put in swap
offers for the same item.
go and find the people you want to swap with, via their names tags, and let the
magic of barter commerce unfold. These offers are just a starting point for
conversation; there’s no guarantee you will get what you “bid” for and,
likewise, you are under no obligation to trade with the people who wrote on your
paper.Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the spirit of neighborly camaraderie. All swapping is done in the spirit of fun, and this is a great way to meet other food-loving locals.