But the first meeting of the Food Swap Network in France is set to take place next month at the home of Shelley Llewellyn, in the Charente-Maritime.
After hearing about food swaps Shelley decided that it would be a good idea to start her own and enable people to meet up and try new things out.
"I got involved after seeing it mentioned in a magazine and thinking what a good idea it was," said Shelley.
"When I logged on to the main Food Swap Network website I realised there wasn't a group in my area and in fact any in France. I knew I had to try and get one started."
"A food swap is a recurring event where members of a community share homemade, homegrown or foraged foods with each other," said Shelley.
"Swaps allow direct trades to take place between attendees, for example, a loaf of bread for a jar of chutney or a half-dozen eggs.
"These events are a delicious way to diversify the homemade foods in your own pantry while getting to know members of your local food community."
The first Food Swap Network started in Brooklyn, New York, and so far over 125 groups have been established worldwide, and it would seem that their spread across the plant is a reflection of the changing times.
"I think the reason for its popularity is that people are becoming more aware of food miles and becoming increasing interested in quality local produce," Shelley said.
"What can be better than homegrown or homemade, right? It is also a great way to meet other people in your community who share the same food values and I've heard it helps towards not ending up with a glut of one thing in your pantry."
The first South West France Food Swap is being held on Friday, 28 June at 10am near Jonzac, Charente Maritime. For more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org or look the network up on its Facebook page. Shelley also writes a blog called Mother Oeuf.