Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Countryside Conservancy Hosts Food Swap at Uncorked Wine Bar in Akron

Upcoming Food Swap at Uncorked Wine Bar
by Brit Charek

Countryside Conservancy, a non-profit organization located in the Cuyahoga Valley that partners with individuals and communities to develop comprehensive solutions to protect farmland, support farmers, and grow healthy local food economies throughout Northeast Ohio, is excited to host monthly food swaps in the Akron area. A food swap is a gathering of DIY-ers; they bring homemade and homegrown items to share via silent auction style bidding. They bring homemade or homegrown items to trade with other participants. Swappers arrive and display their goods (with samples, if possible) along with a swap-sheet. The following hour is used for browsing and socializing, and for bidding silent auction style for trades. 

The first swap will be Tuesday, January 15th at 6 pm at Uncorked Wine Bar, 22 N High St., in Akron. (If you were at The Fourth Annual Crafty Mart back in November, this was the upstairs space with the entrance on High Street.) 

Uncorked Wine Bar is located at 22 N. High Street downtown Akron.
These events provide an opportunity to share your favorite creations with an appreciative audience and receive delicious goodies in return. It is also a chance to meet with a group of people who share your passion for getting in the ground or the kitchen and making something delicious out of the experience.

Countryside Food Swaps will be held on the third Tuesday of each month, starting at 6 pm. The location will vary.

Swaps last around two hours. The first half hour is time for participants to arrive and display their swap items, along with a recipe or list of ingredients, and a swap sheet. The following hour or so is for browsing, chatting, sampling and bidding. Bids, or suggested trades, are written on swap sheets. (Click here for to see a sample swap sheet, courtesy of Food Swap Network.) The last half hour is when the negotiating and swapping takes place.

Hope to see you there! I'm planning to bring chocolate zucchini cake. To register for the event, click here.

For more info and a list of FAQ, click here. You can also check out Countryside Conservatory's blog: http://countrysideconservancy.wordpress.com where you can learn about Akron Area Farmer/Foodie Meetups and more. You can also follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

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