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Join us for an edible foray into the joy of swapping homemade sweets and savories, here in the heart of Central Orange County!Food swaps are part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house where your homemade creations (breads, preserves, special concoctions, canned goods, etc.) become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants. What better way to diversify your pantry and network with like-minded friends and neighbors?
We welcome everyone, as long as you bring something EDIBLE you made, grew, or foraged yourself. We will also consider other homemade non-comestibles (soaps, beauty products, etc) on a case-by-case basis; these need to be approved in advance of the event. Although COCFS is sponsored by Slow Food of OC, both members and non-members of Slow Food are welcome to join us.
Bring an assortment of your homemade specialties (think pickles, preserves, baked goods, honey, granola, pasta, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices… you name it!) to exchange for other handcrafted delights.You may download your swap cards here and fill them out in advance, or you may pick some up from the Central OC Food Swap upon arrival.Please download print, sign and date the following release form and bring to the event with you. The release is required to participate.We will also provide name tags, tables, and organization for the event. Feel free to bring a chair and any tabletop merchandising materials (tablecloths, flowers, etc) you like. You will be given the opportunity to offer trades in a silent-auction type 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. However, we suggest bringing a minimum of 5-10 items. (We will let everyone know a couple days in advance how many people we are anticipating, so you will have an idea of how many people to expect.) You could bring several of the same item, or an assortment! If possible, please bring samples for others to try!
Swap participants will be given free entry. After the swap has ended, please consider donating items you have not swapped to Orange County Food Access Coalition for the benefit of the underserved in Orange County.You must pre-register to attend. If you plan to bring a family member or friend who will be participating, we ask that they register separately. Non-swapping guests are welcome to come and observe, but please be considerate of our space limitations. Due to limited space, we are capping the number of swappers and will keep a waiting list after that, so please register early. If you have registered but find that you cannot attend, please contact us to cancel your ticket so that someone else may take your spot.Keep informed about the ongoings of the Central OC Food Swap! Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CentralOCFoodSwap. Here you'll also find photos from previous swaps to give you ideas about what to expect.
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. The Central Orange County Food Swap does not provide any guarantees or assurances about the safety of the swap items.
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Slow Food Orange County
Slow Food is an international member-supported non-profit organization. Its aim is to spread food culture, to develop sensory and taste education, to protect biodiversity and to promote quality in food, the environment and social life. Slow Food wants good, clean and fair food to be accessible to, and appreciated by, all.
Slow Food Orange County is a local chapter of Slow Food U.S.A. which works to carry out the Slow Food mission on a local level. The Orange County convivium is a member-supported organization made up of a diverse group of food enthusiasts.
Members include home and professional chefs, growers, wine connoisseurs, and lots of ordinary people who enjoy cooking and eating good quality food and wines. Please join or contact us for more information about our programs and initiatives.