Calling All Foodies in the Fort: NEI Food Swap

If you consider yourself a bit of a homemade food and/or drink fanatic and want a chance to meet and mingle with other like-minded individuals, then come check out the April NEI Food Swap on Sunday, April 27 from 12:30-2:00 pm at Wunderkammer Company.

For those who are new to ‘food swapping’, a food swap is a small barter/community event where people who love food get together to taste and trade (ergo, the ‘swap’) homemade, homegrown and homebrewed food or drink.  There are no limits to what you might find at a swap, anything goes, as long as it’s homemade.  Be prepared to peruse (and sample!) anything from homemade cheese to handcrafted tea blends and everything in between.  No need to bring cash to a swap, the only currency allowed is homemade food and drink.  If you see something you want to swap, then be prepared to negotiate a trade!

April will mark the 5th NEI Food Swap.  The swaps are held bi-monthly and are the brainchild of Mary Willems-Akers, who started the swap after a season of homemade canning  left her with an overabundance of food and a hankering to come up with a way to get access to more homemade foods from other families, locally.  After researching the Indy Swap, she went all in and started the NEI Swap with the help of the 509 Community in Huntington, where the first swap was held.  Now Wunderkammer supports the swap thanks to Dan Swartz and his confidence in the swap community.

According to Mary, food swaps are beneficial because they’re a “great way to expand on community, build our home pantry, and to look for local and sustainable options for ourselves and our families”…and they are a ton of fun.

If you’re as hooked on the concept as I am, feel free to stop by the next swap. If you’re interested in participating, you MUST pre-register at this link: Participation is limited to 35 registrants, so be sure to register early to make sure there’s still an opening. Otherwise, you can stop by the swap and just check it out, but know that you won’t be leaving with any delicious goodies!

For additional info, check out their facebook ( or Twitter (@neifoodswap) or if you have a burning question, you can email the swap directly at

Hope to see you all on the 27th!

April NEI Food Swap

April 27, 2014 12:30-2:00 pm

Wunderkammer Company

3402 Fairfield Ave

Fort Wayne IN 46807


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Leslie Snare

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Thrives on baked goods and a steady stream of new and unusual experiences. Makes new years resolutions monthly. Values personal space.

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