“My aji for your kimchi.” That’s become the tagline of the new South Florida Food Swap events.
Miami’s first swap is on July 25th. It’s organized by the same Marie Castro who put together the events in Wilton Manors and Palm Beach.
So bring your kimchi, pickles, chutneys, sauces and jams to barter with others who have rediscovered canning and preserving foods. You can also bring your homemade baked goods, infused oils and homegrown produce and herbs. You can bring as many or as few items as you like.
The first half hour will be for people to set up their display. Make sure to bring samples of your food. 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.
Castro is bringing her Colombian aji, guava BBQ sauce, empanadas and strawberry marshmellows. Foods at previous swaps included tomato seedlings, fresh eggs, soda bread, spice rub, peach chutney, cilantro sauce and homemade beer.
The free event is open to all who bring something to trade with others. Please register with Marie Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
This isn’t a marketing event, so keep your pitch man at home. It’s more of 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.
When: Monday, June 25th from 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
How much: Free