Banbury arts venue to host food swap event

A food swap event will be at Naomi's Cafe Bar on Bridge Street from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday. NNL-151116-144801001
A food swap event will be at Naomi's Cafe Bar on Bridge Street from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday. NNL-151116-144801001

Banbury’s first Apples for Eggs community Food Swap will take place at Naomi’s Café Bar Arts & More on Bridge Street on Saturday, November 28.

The event is from 10.30am to 12.30pm and an opportunity for people to bring along their home produce to exchange with other people.

Apples for Eggs was set up in 2011 by Vicky Swift and Sue Jewitt and they host seasonal events in locations across the UK where people get together and exchange their produce – bread for mint, mint for cupcakes and cupcakes for jam.

Vicky said: “No money changes hands, the only currency is your produce. It’s not the best time of year for fresh produce, but with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘War on Waste’ capturing people’s imagination on TV, a perfect venue and a supportive network of people in Banbury it felt like the right time to get started.

“People can bring anything they make or grow – from a jar or two of chutney, to apples from the garden, to a batch of cookies – literally anything edible!”

That supportive network in the town is Banbury CAG, who are helping to promote the project, and who put Vicky in touch with Naomi’s Café Bar as a potential venue.

Jake Ellement, of Banbury CAG added: “It’s great to see another exciting project starting up in Banbury”

“Naomi’s is becoming a hub for interesting, positive projects in Banbury, with the edible community garden at the back, the innovative ‘pay it forward’ ethos, a clothes swap this week, and now Apples for Eggs.

The Food Swap is free to attend, but has limited places so attendees need register in advance via the website www.applesforeggs.com/foodswaps/banbury