Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Press for the Chicago Food Swap

There is so much going on with the Chicago Food Swap these days!

Gorgeous local mushrooms at the Good Food Festival
First of all, we are gearing up for the April 7 swap at Local Goods Chicago. As anticipated, because of the small size of this swap, there was a long waiting list of people who would like to join us, but for whom we don't have space. Those folks on the waiting list had first crack at registering for the May 12 swap.

Speaking of the May 12 swap, for which we will be returning to happening Logan Square -- this time at the office of local heirloom food company The Scrumptious Pantry -- registration is now open. You can click here or on our Facebook page for a link to the Event Brite registration. This swap will be a bit bigger than the April swap so we hope to accommodate many of you!

Stay tuned for announcements on future swaps. We are exploring lots of possible locations. As always, if you know of a good space that we can use for free for a future swap, please let us know! Many of our location have been scouted by swappers themselves. Local boutiques and business with a do-it-yourself, food, or local focus are often willing to open their doors to us -- and we are very grateful to them!

Local artisanal food products were everywhere at the Good Food Festival.
We are finding new swappers all the time, in part thanks to some exciting articles in local food publications. If you haven't seen these write-ups about the Chicago Food Swap, be sure to check them out:
  • On March 12, 2013, My Daily Find Chicago featured the Chicago Food Swap calling it "the ultimate way to eat local." Read the rest of the article here.  
Thanks to the writers and editors of these publications for spreading the word about the Chicago Food Swap.

Thanks also to the organizers of the Good Food Festival Chicago for inviting Emily and Vanessa to speak at the Good Food Commons about how the Chicago Food Swap creates community around food. It was a terrific event for those who are interested in the local food movement, with many fascinating speakers and exhibitors. Not surprisingly, we saw more than one swapper there.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on April 7 and May 12!

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