Well it took it’s time but spring has finally sprung and we’re ready for our first Food Swap of the year! Please join us at the lovely Naomi’s Cafe Bar on Bridge Street in Banbury for a chance to exchange your home produce – anything welcome: seedlings or plants, things in jars from your pantry, baked goods, soups, dips, sauces or any fresh produce you might be clever (or lucky) enough to have already after such a long winter!
The swap is free to attend but you do need to register – please read the Registration Notes at the bottom of this page below before registering.
If you’ve never attended a Food Swap before here are some notes to fill you in on how it all works!
Food swapping is a collaborative, community-based activity. No money changes hands, the currency is your home produce! A Food Swap event is around 2 hours long, the first half hour is for greeting, displaying your stuff, completing ‘Swap Cards’ for each thing you’ve brought, setting up some tasting samples etc. The next half hour is for chatting, tasting, perusing the available items and making written ‘bids’ on the Swap Cards. Around an hour into proceedings we make an announcement and everyone heads back to their goods to see who’s expressed interest…. and then the fun begins! Using the cards as a basis for negotiating, you finalise your swaps – and rapidly find yourself with a stash of fantastic produce to take home.
A few Food Swap tips:
Arrive at the start (or as close to it as you can) – so you don’t miss out on potential swaps.
Batches are good – the more items you bring, the more you get to take home. So, if you bring one cake, you’d get to take home one jar of jam (say). If you bring three cakes and a jar of chutney from your larder, you’d be able to take home that jar of jam, plus a sourdough loaf, a bag of organic apples and some granola…. so the more the merrier definitely works!
Think about packaging your items up so that they can be easily transported by other swappers – and feel free to make them look attractive too!
For any more information have a look at www.applesforeggs.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, if you’re short of ideas you might find some inspiration at www.facebook.com/applesforeggsaltrincham, pinterest.com/applesforeggs/ or instagram.com/applesforeggs
Tickets are for the Swapper only – so if you’re bringing partner/ kids etc no need to register them.
You must be over 18 to register as a Swapper. Under 18s are welcome to participate in the event under the supervision of a parent or guardian who has registered.
If you register for a ticket and then can’t make it, please let us know so we can release your place.
This is a community event, and as such, to participate you are acknowledging that the food being swapped has not been prepared in commercial kitchens subject to Food Standards Agency certification. With this in mind, we ask that you take great care to bring only food prepared to the highest of standards and agree not to hold liable the food swap hosts, swap venue owners or other swap participants should you be in any way dissatisfied with or adversely affected by any goods you receive. (And remember, if you don’t like the look of it, you don’t have to take it!)
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? It’s not necessary to print off your ticket for the event we will have a list at the door of all registered attendees.
What can/can’t I bring to the event? Produce that has been made, grown or foraged by you. Bought ingredients are fine within your recipes, but please no bought finished items.