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      November 16, 2014 - June 21, 2015

      Sunday   5:30 PM - Sunday 6:30 PM

      23 Heritage Dr
      Asheville, North Carolina 28806

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      Asheville Food Swap

      Asheville is a city that revolves around amazing local food and the sense of camaraderie that comes from experiencing something new.  The goal of food swaps is to create outlet for sharing surplus homemade or homegrown food and offer an alternative to store-bought items, helping swappers eat locally, sustainably, and affordably.  A food swap is part silent auction, part village marketplace where your homemade or homegrown foods become the currency you use for an open exchange and barter for use in swapping with other members of your community.  I can take my extra pantry items (usually heavy on jams and tomato-based products) and trade them, making my pantry more diverse.  Like-minded people can connect, collaborate, and form friendships that otherwise may not have existed.  Spontaneous brainstorming and networking  can springs up allowing people exchange ideas. The more we can get people interested in experimenting and learning from real foods, the more excited we will be about making our own food choices instead of allowing big corporations to make it for us.  Along the way, new pathways of community can be forged, all pivoting around the mutual love of food and the homemade.


      Swaps usually last about an hour, following this basic format:


      • The first 15 minutes of the swap are devoted to sign-in, set-up, and greetings. Swappers fill out name tags and swap sheets and set up their wares on the tables.


      • The next 15 minutes are for everyone to walk around, examine, and sample items from the other swappers. Each swap sheet works like a silent auction bid sheet, except you are not bound to or required to swap for items on your sheet. You can go around and sample different foods, and for those that you're interested in, you write on that person's swap sheet what you're willing to offer.


      • The final 30 minutes are when all the swapping actually happens. Everyone goes back to his or her original sheets of paper and looks at the offers. Once they do that, they go and find the people who were interested in their food or find the people whose stuff they wanted. In most cases, swaps are one-to-one ‒ meaning that one jar of marsala is worth one jar of infused vinegar or one bag of foraged mushrooms or one pan of enchiladas.




      Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

      No, all are welcome, regardless of age!


      What can/can't I bring to the event?

      The only requirements are:

      1) that you made, grew, harvested, or foraged for you item and/or it's ingredients.  If you make an amazing pound cake, you don't have to make the butter and grind the flour yourself!

      2) this is a barter system only!  No money!


      Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? 

      Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

      Yes, if you are not able to come, feel free to give your ticket to someone else


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



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