Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Food Swap Experience

This past weekend I participated in a Food Swap here in Indianapolis. And, I'll be honest I didn't know quite what to expect.  I didn't know what the other swappers would be like, what the food would be like or what the swapping itself would be like.  I found out about the Indy Food Swap on Twitter, and I knew other cities had food swaps, and I knew a couple of bloggers who participated in them.  So I chatted with Jen from the blog Mess Hall to Bistro and we signed up to attend.

Now, I read ahead of time on the Food Swap website that samples were good to have on hand so others could try your product.  I also knew that food items were exchanged for food items and no currency was exchanged.  So with 12 jars of my homemade Honey Lemon Apple Jam I headed out the door and was ready to swap.   
When I arrived; I checked in, and sat up my area with a sign stating what my item was.  I sat out my cute jars all decorated with a bloggy business card attached, along with my samples and I was all set.

Jen From Mess Hall to Bistro was there with jars of Carmel Apple Jam, hot cocoa and homemade marshmallows.  Other swappers brought everything from wine to salsa's, soups, cookies, brownies, chex mix, dried crock pot mixes, cake pops, and lots of other items.  The first half hour you could walk around and sample each others food.  Then, each swapper had a piece of paper and could write down what they were willing to swap for.  Then the last half hour the swapping began!
Above is a pictures from the swap of the food, samples and swappers.  I swapped out all 12 jars I came with and ended up with the following: peach jam, grape jelly, butterscotch cookie mix, granola mix, a chocolate pecan tart, hot cocoa mix with marshmallows, brownies, cookies, lemon poppy seed bread and I'm sure there's more there that I just can't remember.  The great thing about the food swap is there is no pressure to swap for things you don't want, and it's a great place to try new things.
Overall, it was a fun experience and a great way to meet some new people and check out some new foods & recipes.  I hear they are having another swap in the month of December and Jennifer and I are already planning what we will make to swap for then.

4 comments:

the 2 muses said...

Wish I could find a food exchange out here in Oregon!

Tiffanee said...

Wow! That sounds like so much fun!! Your jam must of been a HUGE hit for it looks and sounds delicious!!

Sarah said...

That sounds great!! I wish they had something like that around here - maybe I will google it and see if they do! It would be great way to find new recipes and meet other people who also love food.

Thanks for sharing!

Kate said...

Congrats on your loot!

Hey @the 2 muses and @Sarah, you can check out swaps by state and city listed here: http://hipgirlshome.com/foodswaps/

We're about to launch a food swap network site which will have info for how to host your own if there's not one near you!

cheers!
Kate