Our local food community is very active. We find various ways to get together and hang out. One of my favorite gatherings is our local food swap. The event, hosted by Philly Swappers, is 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.
Attendees bring an assortment of homemade edible specialties (think pickles, preserves, baked goods, honey, granola, pasta, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, yogurt… you name it!) to exchange for other handcrafted delights. I’ve been to every swap to date and I can say that the last one was definitely my favorite so far. Check out all the amazing things I snagged!
Caramelized Onions and so much more!
For this swap I traded my strawberry balsamic jam, drunken cherries and cherry marmalade. If you are new to food swapping and need ideas for what to make, check out the recipes below for some of the items that were traded:
The Cozy Herbivore: Lime-Chipotle Finishing Salt
Feed Me Lee: Caramel Rosemary Popcorn
Manifest Vegan: Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
I would also be remiss if I did not tell you about another amazing thing that is taking place in this area. A new community I am a part of, aptly named Counter Culture PHL, has formed as a way for food professionals and enthusiasts to come together for sharing, collaborating, cooking and professional development in a respectful and social environment. Counter Culture Philly welcomes both food professionals and amateurs (writers, cooks, bakers, photographers, bloggers, nutritionists, event planners, etc). Our passion is in the kitchen and on the counter, and we celebrate the culture of the local culinary world.
If you live in the area and would like to find out more about Counter Culture PHL feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com directly. We would love to have you join us!