Food trends can shape an entire industry, affecting what’s available, to what we want to eat. The hottest restaurants pick up on them quickly, and can make a quick profit. Similarly, the ever-changing landscape of social media can make or break a food trend. More often than not, any trip to a restaurant will result in a foodie taking that much sought after Instagram picture of their meal. So what are the projections this year? Let’s take a look.
Mexican food has always been hot, tasty and trendy. This cuisine combines vibrant flavours, fresh ingredients, and easy to eat deliciousness. What’s not to love? Tacos, arguably, are the quintessential Mexican food. These delicious little treats are available with diverse foundations, such as chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, fish, or even vegetarian, with unlimited toppings. Readily available in food trucks, taco stands, and many restaurants, they are easy to find and make the cutest Instagram photos.
They even lend themselves to fusion, which brings us to our next topic. General Tso’s Tacos? Si, por favor.
In the era of globalization and immigration, cultures all over the world have been meeting and melding. With it, new cuisines are created. Everything from sushi burritos to kimchi hamburgers, there is no shortage in the ways to combine flavours from around the world. Have you tried naan pizza? Easy to prepare, this yummy crust substitute is rich and filling. Adding something new is a great way to shake up the ho-hum classics, and make something tasty along the way.
Speaking of reinventing the classics… Healthy food has always been great in theory, but when you just want that crunchy snack it gets hard to reach for the kale. The trend of healthy snacks has surfaced as our saving grace, with everything from roasted root vegetable fries to cauliflower wings. Yes, you read that right. Like chicken wings, but made out of battered and baked cauliflower. And it’s good. Need inspiration? We’ve found Pinterest to be filled with tasty and easy to make ideas that will have you satisfying that snack craving in no time.
Vegetarianism and Veganism
Now more than ever vegetarianism and veganism have been on the rise. And while some argue it’s just a trendy thing to do, there are arguably some very real benefits. First, both are environmentally friendly, since fruit and veggie crops require less space and water to grow than animals, and don’t produce gasses like methane that contribute to climate change. Secondly, health, since you eat more fruits and veggies. Despite what people say, proteins can be found from many sources, such as nuts, seeds, tofu, and others. And you know that they say- an apple a day keeps the doctor away!