South Bay Food Swap 2017

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The Honest Abe Cidery

17800 South Main Street


Gardena, CA 90248

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Join Us For The Launch Of

South Bay Food Swap!

We are an eclectic gathering of Artisan Food Lovers, who exchange extraordinary, Handmade and Homegrown food creations. A Food Swap is part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house.

We offer a modern take on an old tradition.

Your homemade creations become your own personal currency that you can use to swap with other participants. No cash is exchanged.

Artisanal goodies change hands and everyone goes home happy and Inspired.

Our mission is to bring together our community by sharing our love and passion for creating, and growing, fabulous food representative of our various cultures and world travels.

Our various swaps, throughout the year, will be located in the friendly, Los Angeles/South Bay Area.

We are extremely excited to be hosting our First Swap of 2017 at The Honest Abe Cidery!

Honest Abe LogoHonest Abe's is L.A.'s First Craft Cidery and one of the South Bay's best kept secrets. The founder of Southern California's first hard cider company is now a founding board member of the California Association of Cider makers. With various Handcrafted Hard Cider Brews and Mead, it's a fantastic place to try something other than the usual beer or wine. Honest Abe's is a family friendly environment, and non-swappers are welcome to stop by, observe and try the wonderful blends created at the cidery.

Honest Abe's will have several blends available for tasting and purchase during our swap.

For more information about our event and venue, please check out our FAQs and click on the links below:


Who can participate?

Anyone can participate! Home bakers/cooks, canners, gardeners, food bloggers, professional chefs, students...pretty much anyone who likes to grow, make, or share food. We have food swappers of all ages and cultures.

This is not a forum for commercial sellers and growers. All participants must be individuals trading goods that they made, grew, or foraged themselves. Some examples of popular food swap items include jams, pickles, salsa or relishes, baked goods, granola, spice mixes, homemade pasta, vegetables or herbs. We strongly recommend that you bring samples, of the items you are swapping, for tasting by potential swappers. The sky is the limit. Think outside of the bakery box!

How does it work?

Items are swapped one for one, so please keep that mind when making and packaging your goods. You can always double the amount of the item you are swapping to make it an even trade with someone else's item. Bring as many or as few items as you would like. Follow us on all of our Social Media Platforms for Tasty Recipes and Fabulous Ideas.

Check out this link of great tips:

~First, swappers set up with their wares -- please keep in mind that people will want to examine your goods, so package them accordingly. Swappers should bring a swap card for each different item that they intend to swap. So for example, if you bring five jars of strawberry jam and 3 small boules of Sourdough bread, you would fill out two swap cards: one for the jam and one for the bread. The swap card lists what the item is, the ingredients it contains (being mindful of food allergies) and suggested uses, if applicable. You will receive an email from us with all the information you need.

~After the items are set up, everybody circulates around the room. Interested parties offer bids on the swap cards for each item, but these are just a way to open discussion. The first 45 minutes or so is spent circulating and making offers on swap cards and then the actual swapping begins.

You are not obligated to swap with anyone, even if you bid on his/her item or he/she bids on yours. Actual swapping takes place through discussion and agreement. No one will be angry or offended if you choose not to swap with them. There may be various reasons why one particular item may not be a good fit for a person or their household. By having more than one item to swap, this will give you more to barter with.

Remember, no money is changing hands. All swaps are by barter only.

*We do, on occasion, have items available for purchase from our various host locations. More information about this will be sent in your Welcome e-mail.


Swap participants automatically agree to the following terms when registering for a South Bay Food Swap:

*By participating in these events, you are acknowledging that the food items being

traded are not necessarily prepared in commercial kitchens or spaces inspected by any

government agency.

**By participating in these events, you are also acknowledging that you will use the

highest standards of safety and cleanliness in food preparation and gardening. Food safety and food

handling regulations within the United States can be found at:

***By participating in these events, you assume ALL Liability; specifically, you agree to not

hold liable food swap hosts, swap venue owners/providers or other swap participants.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The minimum age requirement to participate in this event is 12 years old. All minors, under 16 years old, must be accompanied by an adult. A reservation and signed liability waiver is required for ALL people intending to swap items. Non-swapping guests are welcome to come and observe or assist you with your items. If you plan to bring a family member or friend who will be participating, we ask that they register separately. Children are welcome but please be aware that kids may become bored easily at this kind of event and may require more of your attention than you might anticipate.

ID to verify age is not required, unless you are swapping for an alcoholic item or you are purchasing an alcoholic item from our venue. You must be over 21+ years old to swap for an alcoholic item.

*ID will be required should there be any discrepancy with ticket holder information or verification.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Honest Abe Cidery is located close to all major Freeways (the 405,110 & 91). It is also about 2.7 miles from the Harbor Gateway Transit Center (bay2). The transit Center is also an Entry & Exit point for FasTrak toll Lanes and Metro express Lanes.

Since the Cidery is located in a warehouse district, there is ample, FREE, street parking. Just look for sidewalk signs for the Cidery and our Swap.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please e-mail Michelle at:

What's the refund policy?

Registration fees may vary based on the venue. We try to maintain a FREE registration, whenever possible.

We greatly appreciate donations,at any time. SBFS and organizers DO NOT make a profit from registered participation or from donations. All fees/donations are intended to reduce the number of last-minute cancellations and no-shows. It will also be used to defray the swap expenses, such as printing and supplies. Remaining proceeds will be donated to our selected venue. The registration fee will be refunded if you cancel with at least one week's notice. This will give us sufficient time to contact someone on our wait list. In order to help keep our participation fees at an affordable price, please be courteous and try to avoid last minute cancellations and no-shows. Participants with a history of late cancellations and no-shows will not be able to participate in future SBFS activities. Please email our organizer at should you have further questions.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not have to bring your printed ticket to the event. Saving and presenting your ticket information from the Eventbrite app, on your mobile device, is enough for needed verification. We will also have our own check -in list and name tags available for you.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Registration fees and participation tickets are not transferable(Please see our cancellation/refund policy). We offer cancellation spots to those on our wait list.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

NO, please see the above FAQ's.





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