If you didn’t make it to Krrb’s Food and Kitchen Swap with our partners BK Swappers and Local Roots NYC, you can see for yourself that we had a grand ol’ time. Our swap was a great way to bring together local foodies, exchange pantry goods and clear out those rarely used kitchen gadgets. If you’re interested in putting together a food swap of your own, we got a few tips to get you on your way.
Join the Network
No one knows food swaps better than Kate Payne. As one of the original creators of BK Swappers and also head of the Food Swap Network, an official swap resource, Kate really has the lowdown on organizing your own community gathering.
Think Big But Start Small
The most successful swaps start small. Invite an intimate group of friends who love to cook and plan a setting where everyone can trade their homemade goods. Keep rules to a minimum and make people feel welcome to participate at any skill level. If you’re looking to bring more people to your swap, try joining the Food Swappers Facebook group. It’s a great community of swap leaders around the country offering ideas and tips.
Get Online to Get Offline
Use technology to organize your food swap. Eventbrite is a great tool for coordinating the official invite and your RSVP list. To get your swappers excited for the exchange, have them post their goods to Krrb. Having a place online to preview the event is ideal for attracting new people and it really helps to get the creative juices flowing.
Get Prepared to Party
To ensure that your swap runs smoothly, bring plenty of cutlery, plates, napkins, cups serving platters and tablecloths. You’ll also need labels, name tags, pens and create swap cards so people know who is interested in exchanging goods.
Are you interested in having a food swap? Get in touch with us if you want to do one together. We’re always up for making new friends!
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