Do you remember 2018? A time when culinary creativity was at its peak, chefs were pushing the boundaries of gastronomy. Foodies were eager to embrace the latest trends. In this tasty trip down memory lane, we’ll explore the top 10 food trends that took the world. From innovative cooking techniques to mouth-watering global cuisines, these trends not only delighted our taste buds but also left a lasting impact on the foodie landscape. So grab your forks and join us on this delicious journey. We will rediscover the flavors and stories behind the most popular food trends of 2018.
10 – Flowers
Munching on flavoursome flowers began to creep into fashion over the past few months, but experts forecast a sizeable rise in the number of eateries serving them up in 2018. As the vegan revolution takes hold expect a host of edible plants to emerge on menus all over the world.
09 – Raw foods
Much in the same vein as flowers, raw foods became a thing in 2017 alongside a steepling rise in the number of vegetarians and vegans. Whole restaurants are dedicated to the craze of serving vegetables entirely raw, a practice that boasts enormous health benefits and has already become particularly popular in Sydney, Australia.
08 – Mushroom coffee
Yes, you read that correctly. Mushroom coffee is set to become the next hipster drink craze to sweep the world, with superfood attributes accompanying a unique taste that takes the coffee round to a whole new world of different.
07 – Doughnut variations
Krispy Kreme and co may have delivered traditional doughnuts to the masses for generations, but the fact is that for many, sugary, sweet doughnuts are a little old hat. 2018 will see the emergence of doughnuts designed for main mealtimes. Featuring vegetable and fruit flavours, not to mention the odd meaty assortment. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
06 – Taco variations
Like doughnuts, tacos have never been out of fashion – everybody loves taco time. As if mirroring the direction of doughnuts by going from savoury to sweet, it is expected that restaurants will begin to serve out dessert tacos, veggie tacos and more.
05 – Bubble tea
Already popular in some sections of the world, bubble tea is set to go mainstream in 2018, with a number of chains plotting their route to world refreshment domination. From basic fruit flavours to mineral-rich vegetable variations, this healthy on-the-go alternative is on the up and up.
04 – Poke bowls
A Hawaii phenomenon, poke bowls are an easy and tasty alternative to the office lunch routine. An increasingly difficult issue to manoeuvre in the modern world. Pack it up and open it up for an authentic taste of whichever cuisine you fancy.
03 – Veggie carb substitutes
Following the trend of vegetarian foods becoming the in-thing, it was only a matter of time before people became bored of the same old ingredients. With that in mind, veggie carb substitutes are about to balloon in popularity, with butternut squash, turnips and other root veggies at the front of the list.
02 – Veggie burgers
Gone are the days when vegetarians were expected to put up with the pea-and-mash burgers coated in breadcrumbs shovelled out in a cheap bread bun. Veggie burgers are coming, people, with a plethora of root-based tasty treats to rival any beef burger.
01 – Middle Eastern food
Again, not a food type that is unknown by any means, Middle Eastern food is already popular in many lucky areas of the world. But like Greek and Japanese food in recent years, Middle Eastern grub is expected to jump into the Western conscience in a big way over the next few months, rivalling the more mainstream cuisines in terms of what to plump for when you’re choosing your evening meal.
As we wrap up our delectable adventure into the top food trends of 2018, it’s evident that the year was a culinary playground, bursting with flavor and innovation. Chefs pushed the boundaries of creativity, introducing us to daring new tastes and reimagining classic dishes. Meanwhile, foodies around the world embraced these trends with gusto, transforming their palates and expanding their appreciation for global cuisines. While some trends may have faded, others continue to influence the culinary scene to this day. So, as you savor the memories of 2018’s food trends, remember to keep an open mind and an adventurous palate, for there are always new and exciting culinary delights just waiting to be discovered.