We will be swapping food at The Bottle House in Cleveland Heights from 7-9pm!
What is a food swap? Good question! It's part community building, part food sampling and a lot of FUN!
We are a group of folk who enjoy making food and sharing what we love with others!
Harvest Cleveland Food Swap
Everything you need to know – Food Swap Edition
What is a food swap?
A food swap is a gathering of food loving folks, getting together to trade their homemade goods. You can be a brewer, a baker, that’s right even a candlestick maker, come swap your goods with us.
What should I bring?
Anything. If it comes from your home, not just your kitchen, it works. It could be extra tomatoes from your flourishing garden, wild ramps you foraged in a field, or the delightful set of hand stamped cards you just made. You can make whatever you like. You are not able to purchase Aunt Maples salsa to trade. It has to come from you!
I highly recommend you bring a sample of your item to set out at the swap. Everyone loves to share his or her tasty creations!
Are you lacking inspiration? Check out Pinterest!
How much should I bring?
You can bring as few or as many items as you’d like to swap. Most people bring between 6-12 of the same item. Some bring more and some bring less. You are welcome to bring more than one item. Have 4 jars of canned green beans, a basil plant and 6 goose eggs to trade? That works! Do keep in mind if you make tray of lasagna it will not go very far in trade. However cut it into to generous slices and package for an even trade and you are good to go. Same goes the other way, if you bring 2oz of eggplant hummus you may not be able to trade it for a 16oz jar of pumpkin granola.
How should I package my items?
Everybody loves a pretty package, but its really what’s inside that counts, right? You can embellish your items to your hearts content, but there are a few things that are required to be on your item: Name of the item, storage information, your name, and your contact information. Cute packaging doesn’t hurt though, am I right?
You also NEED to bring a copy of your ingredients to display in front of your item. This information is necessary due to food allergies and preferences. (paleo, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, fruitarian – you get the idea)
I’m coming, now what?
Hooray! I’m glad you’re coming. All you have to do is register. There is no cost to participate. Donations are accepted. This money goes toward operations cost, printing and sample paraphernalia.
Still have more questions please contact Daniell Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us on Facebook at Harvest Cleveland Food Swap. We share our recipes, ideas, and food swap hauls!
What to expect when you get to the swap.
The swap generally lasts about 2 hours. The gathering is divided into three parts.
Part One: Arrival and set up, 30 minutes.
When you first arrive please sign in. You will be directed to an area where you can set up your goods for trade. Room is at a premium most of the time. You can arrange your items for trade and place your ingredients list in front of your item. You will also have a numbered bid sheet where people will sign up to trade for your item. Set out samples for people to try. Please make sure you bring the necessary things you need to share your goods.
Part Two: Sample, Mingle, Bid, 1 hour
The fun really gets going when you start trying all the creative and delicious items. (Oh you brought fermented kimchi, don’t mind if I do! nom nom) If you like and item write your name on the bidding sheet and what you brought. Continue sampling until you have written your name on all the desired swap items. Don’t forget to chat and meet new friends!
Part Three: Let the swap begin and clean up, 30 minutes
Get ready to move. This is where you actually swap your items with the folks who want to trade. It is usually a pretty quick process, so if you really want those chocolate peanut butter truffles, I suggest taking your pickled veggies and asking for a swap. If you have left over items, ask people if they want to trade. Most people are eager to swap everything they came with! But if someone says no, don’t be offended. It happens. Sometimes you just don’t like the blueberry barbeque sauce.