Coming Soon: First Ever South Florida Food Swap


Cinnamon raisin bread, along with what’s left of Marie Castro’s homemade dulce de leche./ Courtesy of Marie Castro

Update: There will be a Miami Food Swap on Monday, July 25th at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Email to register.

If you’ve been enviously eyeing the BK Food Swappers or the PDX Food Swappers events on Facebook, your time has come! Marie Castro of Broward is organizing the first ever South Florida Food Swap.  This is the chance for you to share your homemade jams, baked goods, pickles, sauces, salsas, sodas, and soups with others in exchange for their goodies.

Marie Castro explained that the first half hour will be for people to set up their display. Then, there will be half an hour to mingle and scope out everyone’s foods.  If you’re interested in someone’s pickles, you write your name on their bid card and suggest a trade for your homemade mango chutney.  No one is obligated to accept any trades.

34-year-old Castro was inspired after reading about other food swap events in The Kitchn. She watched for similar events here, and when none appeared, Castro took the initiative to start her own.

She’s a bookkeeper with two kids, so Castro’s busy lady, but she loves to cook: “I always make triple batches of stuff and give it to people.”  She loves to make cakes and jams, but she also enjoys making foods from her Colombian background.  She often makes Colombian aji–a hot sauce of spicy pickled vegetables.


Colombian aji (spicy pickled peppers, onions, cilantro) and beef empanadas/ Courtesy of Marie Castro


Castro learned about canning from her younger sister, and that’s pretty much the only local person she knows who’s into it.  She’s hoping to meet others who share her interest at the first South Florida Food Swap.  Castro says: “I think someone else just like me out there has canned goods and jams. There’s only so much you can give away.”

If this sounds like you, then you are invited to join the food swap on Wendesday, June 1 in Wilton Manors from 7 to 9 pm.  Email to register.

If you’ve always wanted to do something like this, but you’re intimidated, I say go for it.  Events like these can only continue if enough interested people participate!

Some tips:

This isn’t a marketing event, so keep your pitch man at home.  It’s more of like a social event: you can share some of your homemade goods, trade ideas, and meet new people.

You can bring as few or as many items as you want.

Everything you bring must be homemade.

Food ingredients must be clearly labeled for those with food allergies.

Canned goods must be properly sealed.

And most importantly, please bring samples for people to try.

For some tips on food swap etiquette, the ever classy Helena from lays it all out for you.

When: Wednesday, June 1 from 7-9 pm

Where: Wilton Manors-register with Marie Castro at for more details.

How much: Free

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4 Responses to “Coming Soon: First Ever South Florida Food Swap”

  1. May 23, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    Just thought I can make a mean Kimchi to swap! I know you’re going to say ‘why don’t you start it?’ but wish someone would do an ethnic savory (vs dessert) entree swap! Are you going Trina?

  2. trina
    May 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi Eleanor,

    I will indeed be there! More as an observer/reporter than a participant, though. Maybe someone will sneak me a sample. :)

  3. May 26, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    I love this idea! Just wish I was going to be in town to participate. I have a number of things (besides my jams) that I would love to do swaps with others. I mean, how many pints of mango chili sauce do I really need? :-D


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