It’s that time of the year when we re-set ourselves goals for the new year and look to make positive changes in our respective lifestyles. 2017 certainly flew by and now 2018 brings (and hopefully has already brought) plenty of excitement, especially for those who consider themselves proper foodies.
During the next 11 months or so, we are likely to see a new wave of food trends emerge across the globe, with industry experts and trend forecasters already making confident predictions about what foods and cuisines will be on the lips of consumers worldwide.
Let’s take a look at some of the trendiest culinary influences that are likely to take off in the coming year.
Flavours from the Middle East
The Specialty Food Association (SFA) confidently anticipates Middle Eastern flavours to feature heavily in food trends across the globe this year. It specifically mentions Lebanese, Persian and Moroccan influences as being the most prominent, with the former already demonstrating its repertoire of dishes to the mass market, thanks to authentic chain restaurants that serve up colourful salads, stews and grills made with love.
Middle Eastern cuisine is all about fresh, healthy ingredients that not only provide vibrant flavours but interesting textures too. They provide the healthy chapper with an option to eat out on the reg.
Much Room for mushrooms?
Mushrooms are said to be coming back in vogue for 2018, providing a gastronomic revolution in food and drink! With a plethora of mushroom varieties, each of which features health-boosting, antioxidant properties, mushrooms are an excellent addition to any main meal.
What’s more, mushrooms are also now being utilised in hot and cold beverages such as coffees, teas and smoothies – who knew? They’re added to coffee to enrich flavours and provide additional dietary supplements to busy working professionals.
Wonder what the coffee snobs will have to say about this?
High-tech Meat Alternatives
Undoubtedly one of the biggest trends in the tech industry is the development of plant-based, vegan meat alternatives, which are not only suitable for vegans but also cost-effective for developing nations.
Plant-based food sales were up 1500% at the end of 2016 in the UK, according to leading online retailers, as Britons increasingly continue to adopt a “flexitarian” way of eating and drinking.
The Good Food Institute, an organisation that specialises in the creation of plant-based food products, says that over the next few years there will be a shift away from livestock in favour of plant proteins.
Meat may not be on the menu for much longer…
For some time, these Mexican snacks have been a very trendy way of getting your essential proteins and vitamins, with the shells capable of encasing fresh meats and grilled vegetables in delicious Mexican sauces and marinades. In the words of Carly Simon, Nobody Does it Better, than Chilango…
If chefs continue to push the culinary boundaries of tacos by creating taco shells out of seaweed or plant-based products, it begs the question: when does a taco stop being a taco?
Nevertheless, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Tip for this one Chappers, get yourself a few napkins, as these can get messy…God forbid you spill something down your suit!
Hopefully, these trends will give you food for thought as we kick-start 2018, giving you inspiration to discover new flavours and alter your diet for the better.