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Welcome to the VT Food Swap's signup page! This is a fun community event in which you bring something homemade to swap with someone else's homemade item. It's a great time to meet new people, socialize, try some new foods, and get some great ideas.
You may say to yourself "What do I bring? I didn't can anything last summer or have a huge garden." Well the options are endless - the only requirement is that it is homemade by you. The last food swap included such items as sourdough bread, barbeque sauce, Jerusalem artichokes, ginger pear chutney, kim-chi, pickles, zucchini bread, and cookies.
This month, in April, we are giving away a $75 gift certificate to Hen of the Wood. All you have to do is sign up and participate in the swap and you'll be entered to win this certificate to the amazing restaurant in Waterbury, VT!
How does it work?
Everyone shows up to the church at 3pm on Sunday, April 14th. Once you arrive you'll sign in and get a nametag and a swap card. The swap card is filled out with your name and item information such as ingredients, any allergens, and how to prepare or eat.
You'll find a place to set up and set up your "display" - your swap items as well as some samples for everyone to try. Remember to bring utensils and/or sampling accessories- for example, chips to go with your salsa or cups to sample your homemade Kahlua. Around 3:30 the host will explain how the food swap works. After that you may begin walking around to sample everyone's items. If you would like to swap with someone you'll write your name down on their swap card.
Around 4 the host will make another announcement and get the swapping going. This is where it gets really fun! You go around the room to make your swaps and get your goodies.
Here are some important things to keep in mind about the swap:
The swap card is just a starting point for the swap negotiation. It's not a contract and doesn't necessarily mean that you'll get the item you are interested in.
This is a fun social event so please don't let your feelings get hurt if someone doesn't want to trade with you. Keep in mind that someone may be allergic to your item or already has 5 quarts of homemade yogurt at home.
The more items you bring, the more you can go home with. This is a 1 to 1 swap, for example, if you have one loaf of bread you would trade that for one box of cupcakes. However, negotiating can take place depending on the number of swappers present.
Please note that while the swap is free, there will be a collection jar as the church requires a small fee to use their space. Please consider dropping a few dollars into the jar to help cover our costs.
If you bring something that you canned yourself please don't bring anything that was canned prior to 2012.
If you'd like further information about swaps check out this blog all about Food Swaps.