Recap from the May MPLS Swappers Food Swap

The second gathering of the MPLS Swappers on Saturday, May 14 was a smashing success. With nearly 40 people in attendance, our tables overflowed with a wide variety of homemade food and drink. We saw the most amazing assortment of food, from infused oils to homebrew ginger ale to gluten-free vegan bread and everything in between.

swappers sampling some of the many wonderful jams!

Here’s a list of what I can remember off the top of my head…

  • homebrew ginger ale, cider, and ale
  • infused olive oils (coffee bean, thai pepper, and Italian herb)
  • vegan breads, chocolates, and muffins
  • various glutinous and gluten-free breads and cookies
  • herbal cough syrup
  • ginger syrup
  • mustards and salsas
  • raspberry jam, pear vanilla jam, rhubarb sauce, two varieties of curried apple chutney, salsa, citrus marmalade, seville orange marmalad, roasted garlic onion jam, tomato chili jam, and other jams
  • two varieties of apple curry chutney
  • homemade thai green curry paste
  • homemade pasta and spaghetti sauce
  • stuffed grape leaves
  • almond biscotti
  • tamales
  • pickles
  • caraway sauerkraut and lacto-fermented carrot sticks
  • multiple flavors of popcorn
  • salad dressings and vinaigrettes
  • various flavors of homemade yogurt
  • homegrown chives and garlic chives
  • backyard eggs
  • peanut butter dog treats
  • fig & olive tapenade
  • two varieties of vegan aged cashew cheese – sundried tomato-garlic-herb and fig-olive-cracked pepper
  • two varieties of homemade catsup
  • horchata
Quite the selection, right? And that’s just scratching the surface. Most swappers had samples of their foods available, so the space was a total smorgasbord of local food. Thankfully, we had a lot of table real estate to work with this time! We hope to add another table or two for the next swap.

books and bleeding hearts and the sign-in table

coffee bean infused extra virgin olive oil - a revelation!

homemade ginger ale

so many jams, so little time!

busy swapper feet

flavored popcorn, thai green curry past, homebrew ale and cider

a wide selection of items on one swap table

samples of vegan black bean fudge

this table was packed with tamales, dog treats, jams, mustards, cough syrup, horchata, biscotti, and more!

there was plenty of socializing to be had

a happy swapper with all her loot!

Since no party is complete without snacks, we also had a snack table with a wide variety of goodies. Organic deviled eggs, spiced popcorn, sunflower seed paté, gluten-free vegan lemon scones, fresh blackberries, and a variety of teas gave guests plenty of nourishment and energy to bid and sample swap items all afternoon.  🙂

organic deviled eggs with horseradish, sweet paprika and homegrown chives

snack bags of vegan spiced popcorn

In addition to amazing local foodies, blogger and author Kate Payne was in attendance. Kate is a leader in the swap community – she is co-founder of the BK Swappers and ATX Swappers. Additionally, Kate just published her book Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking through Harper Design, and imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.  She was in the Twin Cities on book tour and the swap was organized to coincide with her visit! Kate’s awesome mom was also in attendance; she came to Minneapolis to support her on the book tour and also attended the swap. They are two amazing and inspiring women, and we enjoyed getting the opportunity to get to know them. Kate even found time to sign a few copies of her book.

Kate wrote a great recap of her book tour weekend on her blog, and graciously mentions the swappers and includes some great photos!

blogger and author Kate Payne was our special guest, and found time to sign a few books!

Thank you to everyone who attended for making it another wildly successful swap! We were so amazed and impressed by all the incredible food and positive energy our fellow swappers brought to the event. We’d love to hear your feedback about the experience, and would love to see your blog write ups about the event or the foods. Please leave links or comments below this post or email us at

In the meantime, be sure to check out this great write-up by Trinity on her blog Trinknitty. Her photos and recap are fantastic! Kala at Vegancraftastic also wrote up a great recap with lots of suggestions.


Someone left a lightweight green jacket and a green re-useable shopping bag at the event. Please contact us so we can return it to you!

The next MPLS Swappers food swap will be on Sunday, June 12 from 2-4 pm at the same location (3501 Chicago Ave S).  Registration information will be available soon. Everyone and anyone with a passion for home food production is welcome to register and attend! For more information, check out our blog post “Tips for Food Swapping” and the informational navigation tabs at the top of this site.

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Happy cooking/baking/fermenting/foraging/growing/jamming/pickling/stuffing/brewing/etc., and we’ll see you next month!

Photos by A-K Thordin and Kim Christensen.
One Response to “Recap from the May MPLS Swappers Food Swap”
  1. This was such a great experience! It was my first swap, and I had a blast. Cannot wait for the June one! My recap is here:

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