First Food Swap in New Venue

Leeks, rhubarb, homemade hummus, pickled beetroot, asparagus, breads and Chelsea buns were all on offer at the first 2017 Henley Food Swap at its new venue, Henley Sea Cadets, HQ, Eyot Boat Centre on Saturday morning.

The idea is that people exchange with other local home producers and go home laden with other lovingly made goodies to stock your cupboards. Each person completes a ‘swap card’ for each item with a bid on and then goods are exchanged – with no money being taken!

Unfortunately there were only a few swappers on Saturday.

Jane McIlroy and Clare Pelling from Compassionate Loaf brought beautiful breads and freshly made Chelsea buns.  They normally run pop ups around Shiplake and Sonning in aid of charity.  They said “It’s our first time here and it’s a great idea – we just need more people to turn up.”

Ed Atkinson brought a huge bowl of Syrian hummus which had been made to Amor’s recipe.  Amor is a Syrian refugee who has come to live with Ed in Henley. Ed said, “Amor is a great cook and he’s hummus recipe is excellent.  Amor is looking to offer cooking for dinner parties.  He can be contacted on 07961 898983.”

The Food Swap is organised by Jessica Hayes who said, “The first event was always going to be difficult.  We’d built up the swappers at the Local Larder in Wargrave last year.  Hopefully this article will help with getting the word out and grabbing people’s attention for the next ones.  I think the new venue will be great as it is right on the Henley doorstep.”

Dates for the rest of the year are:

17 June, 29 July, 2 September, 28 October and 25 November at 10.30am at Henley Sea Cadets, HQ

For more information or to go on the mailing list email Jessica at




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