|Loaded up my "Granny" Beach Cart to take to the swap|
|I brought 3 kinds of beverages - a 12% beer; hard cider; and my favorite summer ale.|
For this swap, I borrowed an idea from Casey at Salted Plates. She had posted about attending a beer swap back in June, shortly after she attend my last swap at The American Table. I've been wanting to find a way to do beer events, along the lines of my friends, Colleen and Brooke's Beer Ladies Societies (West Chester Beer Ladies and Media Beer Ladies). I can't quite take on another foodie/beer project so this seemed like a great way to incorporate beer events into my food swapping events. Much like the lightening in the bottle that I found with the food swapping in Collingswood, I've hit on something that people LOVE with adding the beer component to the swaps.
Our swap registrations hit the max of 30 participants very quickly. There were a few cancellations and a few last minute rsvps. I lost count of the actual number of people who joined us - I think we had over 25 people altogether, maybe close to the 30 I was hoping!
|My versatile banana bread and the recipe|
|Jellies, Jams, Fruit Ketchups and Beer!|
Ladies from the suburbs of Delaware County, PA, who are friends with, Casey, of Salted Plates, drove over. The South Jersey Swappers, another food swap group, drove up from Mays Landing. Ed, a young man from, Clementon, NJ, found us by googling food swaps and saw we were having our event this past week. He brought gorgeous Eggs from his farm. Local Collingswood dwellers, people I've met before, new folks and people from one or two towns over all came out to enjoy a perfect, humid-free, cool summer night at my friends' and neighbors', Robb and Eric, in their home.
|WHOOPIE! Pies and homemade chocolate bark bars|
|Blueberry Jam by Elizabeth|
|Ed's beautiful Eggs and great signage|
|Banana Bread Beer - not too sweet and very tasty|
Sweet, spicy and delicious - with beautiful labeling - tomato conserves.
Our hosts, Robb and Eric - gracious, funny and perfect hosts -
Collingswood's premier "power couple"!
A lovely selection of ales and beers. I was lucky to trade for both of these brews!
Pickles! Garlicky and spicy - I told Jodi, who made them that she needs to start a business!
It was a great night to meet new people, socialize and share in each others' offerings. So many people said they couldn't wait to join the event, but many were anxious about what to bring, how to package it or that they were nervous about sharing their goods. My feeling is do what you do best and keep it simple. What I took away from this swap was that if it becomes a competition, if people try to out do one another, I'm not interested in hosting or holding a swap. There are way too many foodie competitions all around us. To have this become a sport instead of fun would ruin the joy of these events. Its' about sharing, having fun, meeting new people and getting new ideas.
Beers, ginger punch, infused simple syrups - we had a huge variety of great food stuffs.
Stay tuned, follow us on Facebook, (Facebook.com/CollingswoodFoodSwappers) and start canning your summer best for our next swap - to be announced for a September date!