San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
As more and more people are educating themselves to what we eat and where our food comes from; we decided to host a “Food Swap” at the surf shop. We believe in the importance of the handmade and meeting our neighbors. Join us in celebrating good food & good community.
What to Bring One or more homemade, homegrown, or foraged food items, plus samples to try. Need inspiration? Home-canned vegetables and fruits, pickles, jams, chutneys, jellies, vinegars, kombucha, sauerkraut and other ferments, cheeses, breads, cakes, starters, honey, granola, homegrown herbs and vegetables, foraged foods, handmade sausages, backyard eggs, soups, spreads, etc! Please bring freshly made or recently made foods, and no canned goods over 1 year of age, please. NOTE: Due to regulations, we are not allowed to sample alcoholic beverages. If you choose to bring alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer, or liqueurs, those items cannot be sampled. Thanks for cooperating! Bring as few or as many items as you like, within reason. The more you bring, the more you get to take home, but we do have a limited amount of space. Use your best judgement. If possible, complete swap bid forms in advance, one form for each unique type of item you will be bringing, and bring with to the swap. For example: if you are bringing 6 jars of identical jam, fill in one bid sheet. If you have 6 jars of different jams, fill in six bid sheets, one for each type of jam. Please bring a list of ingredients on all your foods, if possible, or be able denote any special dietary restrictions – gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free, etc. Let’s be respectful of our fellow foodies with food allergies and intolerances. Please package/wrap your food in a way that protects it and makes the amount you are swapping clear. Fellow swappers will be examining your goods, and we want the food to stay in one piece! To ensure good food safety, please label your prepared goods with a "made by" and "eat by" date, as well as storage instructions (for example, "refrigerate" or "store in a cool dark place and eat within 1 year"). There has been confusion at past swaps about how to properly store some of the swapped items. We love to snack while we swap. So, please bring an additional snack for 20-30 people to share if you feel motivated to do so! We will provide extra swapping bid sheets, name tags, hot or cold beverages (depending on the weather!), and other necessary materials for the event.
How the Swap Works 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. • Swaps will be auction style. Each swapper will have a bid sheet filled for each item they have to swap and a few lines under the item. Download the sheet in advance (Food Swap bid sheet) or get sheets at the event. If possible, please print and fill in before the event. • The first 30 minutes of the swap will be devoted to sign-in, set-up, and greetings. • The next 30-45 minutes will be the time for everyone to walk around and examine and sample items from the other swappers. If you find something you like, write your name and what you'd like to offer in exchange on the bid sheet. Multiple people will be bidding on the same items, so bid on as many items as you like. it is likely that you will not get some of the items you bid on, so you want to make sure you spread your bids around. • The final 30-45 minutes is when all the swapping actually happens. Everyone will go back to their original sheets of paper and look at their offers. They will decide which swap they would like to accept for each item, find that person via their name tag, and make the swap.• If you have leftover items after the formal "bids" are complete, try making swaps on-the-fly with other people that have leftovers. You'll be amazed at how many items you can swap after the formal "bid" process ends! You must be present at the swap from beginning to end to participate.