Aside from rhyming nicely and generally being awesome cities, Austin and Boston have something else in common: fantastically enthusiastic and talented communities of food bloggers! We're partnering up with the Austin Food Blogger Alliance to organize a delicious gift trade for the holiday season, and we hope that many of you will participate.
The basics: You sign up. We pair you up with a swap partner in the other city and provide contact info so you two can talk ahead of time: food allergies, likes and dislikes, and whatever else you want to chat about. Then, you send your partner an awesome package of local edible and food-related goodies in time for the holidays - and you receive one as well.
- If you are a Boston food blogger, sign up by filling out this form by November 15th. Austin bloggers, check out the post on your site for more details.
- By November 20th, we will finish pairing up participants. Please note that if one city has more sign-ups than the other, not everyone will get paired. (We will pair people up on a first come, first served basis.)
- Put together a food-themed gift box to be sent out by December 15th. Please spend no more than $30 and include items that are specific to your region. Feel free to get creative! Homemade items are fine (although keep the distance in mind and stick with stuff that won't go bad), as well as books, decorative items, etc. It doesn't all have to be edible, but it should be related to food. We encourage you to include a handwritten note explaining the significance of the items, sharing a favorite recipe, etc.
- Optional: blog! You can blog about the items you're sending, the items you receive, etc. Shoot me an email if you do blog about this event; I'll include all posts in a round-up post here on BostonFoodBloggers.com.
The official hashtag for the swap is #atxbos.
At this time, please note that the event is only open to blogging members of Boston Food Bloggers and the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, but if everything goes well, future events might be open to the larger food-loving community.