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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 Cookie Baker Checklist

Are you baking for this year's Cookie Swap for a Cause (there is still time to register if you haven't yet!)?

Print out the baker's checklist to make sure you are ready to enter our contests, sample some delicious cookies and turn your baking in to edible, cancer-fighting gold!

What are you planning to make for the cookie swap?  Tell us in the comments!
Boston Food Swap is a community organization funded entirely by donation. Support us through Paypal or BFS merchandise, and by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. If you enjoyed this blog post, please share it!

Frequently Asked Questions - Cookie Swap 2014

Have you registered for the Cookie Swap for a Cause yet?  There's still time!

Even if you've attended a cookie swap in the past, the Cookie Swap for a Cause will likely be a different experience. To help you maximize your scrumptious fun, here are some frequently asked questions and their answers.

Carrot Cake Cookies from the 2011 swap.
Photo by www.adamtowner.com.

Can I park near District Hall?  Take the T?  Street parking at meters is free in Boston on Sundays.  There are also several parking lots near the venue with reasonable weekend rates. The Courthouse T stop on the Silver line is right across the street.

What time should I get there?  Between 1 and 2. Swapping will start between 2:30 and 3:00 and will be over in the blink of an eye. The earlier you arrive, the more time you will have for sampling, socializing, recipe sharing, and the craft table.

What will happen when I get there? 
Bakers: At check in, you'll be assigned a number that will go with you, your swap cookies, and your sample cookies. Volunteers will take your swap and sample cookies and set them up while you enjoy the vendors, sampling, festive atmosphere, and our photo booth. At swap time, an announcement will be made to line up. At that point, cookie boxes will be given to attendees who can then fill them with cookies. Afterward, claim the container that held your original cookies and enjoy a huge variety of holiday goodies!
Snackers: Show up, enjoy the festivities, pat yourself on the back for finding the most delicious way to donate to charity, and wait to line up with your baking counterparts at swap time. At the end of swapping, you’ll be a big box of cookies richer.

I see you have a best cookie contest. How will that work? We will have a separate area where swappers and snackers will sample cookies and vote on the best cookie. If you'd like to enter the contest and potentially win super-awesome prizes, please allocate one dozen of your cookies in bite size pieces for sampling and include these sample cookies in your tally. A volunteer will take your sample cookies to the sampling area for you.

What will happen to my container? If you need your container back, please make sure your name is prominently written on it. Boston Food Swap and District Hall are not responsible for lost or stolen property.

Will there be anything to drink?  We recognize that so many cookies can leave you parched so we will provide a coffee and milk bar. If you are looking for other drinks, Gather will be open on Sunday and has a full bar.

Will the cookie swap be similar to a regular food swap?  Not exactly. Although it will be fun and delicious, the cookie swap will not be a 1-to-1 exchange. Instead, the cookies will be displayed and, when swapping starts, attendees will fill a box with a variety.  If you've never been to a regular swap and want to try it,
sign up for our email list today so we can let you know when we will host our next swap!  If you want to get a sense of the scene at a cookie swap, check out the photos from a previous event.

Do I get to take anything else home besides cookies? YES! We have swag bags stuffed with both local and food-related fun. We'll also have a table of raffle prizes, and prizes for Best Cookie and Most Cookies. Do you want to showcase your business as a raffle prize or in our swag bags?  Contact us at bostonfoodswap@gmail.com for more info.

What do I need to bring besides cookies?  Your smiling face and possibly a large tray.  For people taking the T or biking, we will have many trays on hand.  However, for the volume of people we expect, we will not be able to provide a tray for everyone.  If you have the means to bring a tray, please do.
Also, remember that we are raising money for Cookies for Kids' Cancer, so bring cash or a credit card to bid on great raffle prizes, where the proceeds go to the charity!

Can I bring other people?  Yes, but only if they are registered for the event.  We have limited space and want to cram a LOT of cookies in so we want to be sure that people are not excluded from baking in favor of unregistered guests.

I registered for the event but can’t show up.  What do I do?  Let us know at bostonfoodswap@gmail.com ASAP. Not only can your spot be given to someone else but telling us means more cookies and, therefore, more money for Cookies for Kids Cancer.

Can I buy a ticket at the door?  Only if there is space available the day of the event.  There is a risk that we will not be able to accommodate day-of ticket sales so register now! The registration page shows how many tickets of each type are left so keep checking.

Do I need to individually wrap my cookies? No. 

I’m stumped about what cookies to make. Do you have any ideas?  YES!  We have spent the past few years building an incredible
Pinterest board for this event. You can find lots of inspiration there, and follow us via RSS, Google+, Facebook, Twitter for notice when they are posted.  You can also check out the Boston Food Swap blog’s cookie posts for recipe ideas.

I either can’t or don’t bake. Why would I want to attend a cookie swap? Because you like to EAT!  We hope to swap 10,000 cookies at the event and can fit about 150 people in the room.  Needless to say, we are going to need troopers to eat all of these cookies.  So if you aren't a baker, you can take home a giant box of cookies for the price of a ticket and tell your family, friends,  and coworkers that you slaved over an oven just for them.  We won’t tell!

Can I donate even if I can't attend? Yes! Please donate through our
event fundraising page.

Have any more questions?  Ask us in the comments or via e-mail and we'll get back to you ASAP!

Boston Food Swap is a community organization funded entirely by donation. Support us through Paypal or BFS merchandise, and by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. If you enjoyed this blog post, please share it!