The first South Florida Food Swap was held late last month at a Fort Lauderdale spa, and though a few of the 15 originally signed up had last minute obligations, the remaining swappers all agreed it was a worthwhile event. Everyone went home with bags of foods and promptly signed on to get more information on future swaps.
Marie Castro, organizer, said she was pleased with the turnout. “It’s the first one, and it was hard getting the word out, but now that people understand what it’s about, I think the next ones will be bigger,” she said. “More people are hearing about it.”
Swappers lined up their foods on tables, put out samples and tasted, then swapped. Instant food friends were made – swappers chatted about the foods and their cooking expertise, and traded a few recipes as well. Young moms, retirees, single professionals – all avid cooks – came to trade.
Tastes for everyone
Swappers from Miami, Broward and West Palm brought marshmallows, cranberry chutney, fruit breads, empanadas, sangria, and spice mixes. Pickled onions, jams, and a few saplings and tomato plants showed up as well. The rules stated everything had to be homemade or homegrown and the cooks complied.
Everyone got some of everything that was swapped, thanks to the small crowd. With a larger group, the bid sheets that were placed on each item would let the swapper determine whether to swap or not.
More swaps planned
Castro plans other food swaps in Palm Beach and Dade counties, maybe on an alternating monthly schedule with a Broward one. One in Palm Beach County is slated for late June; a free room that allows for tables and food set up is still being sought, she said.
Read more about Castro and her idea to launch the Food swap here.
For more information and to find out about future swaps, contact Maria Castro at the South Florida Food Swap page.