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Join us for the Btown Food Swap at the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington! We'll be swapping on the first level in meeting room 1C. You must be a registered attendee of the food swap (or an attendee's guest) to access meeting room 1C during the swap.
Btown Food Swappers is a Bloomington-based, free food swap, striving to inspire creativity, build community, and spread good cheer. We trade homemade items and enjoy the company of new and old friends.
For everything you need to know about how our food swap works, please visit our website at http://www.btownfoodswappers.com.
There is free parking at the Monroe County Public Library and in the lot adjacent to the Monroe County History Center (202 E 6th Street). Alternatively, there is metered parking surrounding the library and the cost is $1 per hour, payable in coins or by credit card (service fee applies).
WHAT TO BRING
- One or more homemade, homegrown, or foraged food items, plus samples to try. Need ideas? Home-canned fruits and veggies, pickles, jams, jellies, chutneys, infused oils or vinegars, homemade cheeses, breads, crackers, cakes, pies, honey, granola, homegrown herbs and vegetables, foraged foods, soups, spreads, starters, salad dressings, etc.
- Bring as few or as many items as you like, within reason. Do what makes sense for you.
- Please package or wrap your food in a way that protects it, and makes the amount you are swapping clear.
- If possible, please bring a list of ingredients for your items, or be able to share any special dietary notes (i.e. gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, etc.). This will be a big help to swappers who may have allergies or specific food intolerances.
We will provide bid sheets, name tags, and other necessary materials for the event.
HOW THE SWAP WORKS
- Swaps will be auction style. Each swapper will be given a sheet of paper when they arrive with a space to write the name of the item(s) they brought, with several blank lines below it. The blank lines are there for other swappers to indicate their interest in your item. (These sheets of paper are called BID SHEETS, and they’ll be provided at the swap)
- The first 20 minutes will be devoted to sign-in, set-up, and greetings.
- The next 20 minutes will be the time for swappers to walk around and view/sample items from other swappers. During this time you will also do the ‘bidding,’ which just means this is when you go around and write your name on the bid sheets of the items that interest you. Example: Jane brought some pickles I love. I brought pear jam to swap. I write on Jane’s sheet that I would like to trade one jar of my pear jam for one jar of her pickles.
- The final 20 minutes are when the actual swapping occurs. Everyone will go back to find their bid sheets and look at the offers. They will decide which swap offers they would like to accept for each item, and then find that person to make the swap. (Everyone will be wearing name tags.)
PLEASE NOTE: This is just a guideline of how the swapping part will work. Things get kind of crazy and fun when the actual swapping begins. Although the bid sheets serve as general guidelines, once people start chatting and trading with each other, the swapping becomes more spontaneous.
*** You must be present at the swap from beginning to end to participate. ***
Please be a courteous swapper--- if you order a ticket and cannot attend, send a cancellation email to email@example.com so we can offer your space to someone else.Thank you!!
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Disclaimers: Please be aware that all goods are made in home kitchens by private individuals, not professionals. We expect all swappers to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and food safety in the preparation of their items. Nevertheless, by participating in the swap you acknowledge that the items available are not made in licensed kitchens or inspected by any government agency. Btown Food Swappers does not provide any guarantees or assurances about the safety of the swap items and individuals assume all risk themselves.