Top 10 Food Trends for 2016

Butter

At the beginning of every year we love to think about the food trends that will become popular in the coming year.  At the end of the day, good food is good food, trends aside.  But it is interesting to watch certain trends take hold each year.  Some we embrace with reckless abandon (maple bacon anyone?) and others we are happy to see the end of of.

While 2015 was all about cronuts, kale and salted caramel, we started to wonder, what does 2016 have in store for us?

So, here’s our list of our Top 10 (predicted) Food Trends of 2016:

  1. BARBECUING
    Think Japanese robata grills, meats cooked over the fire pit (Argentinean style).  Cooking with fire is hot right now.  Just look at the success of Firedoor.
  2. FERMENTED FOODS
    Preserving is back.  Expect to see more pickled foods featured on your menus this year.  Trust us pickled cabbage is actually delicious!
  3. SEAWEED
    Seaweed is the new kale adding greenery and nutrients to our dishes.
  4. HIGH END SOFT SERVE
    You only need to check your Instagram feed to see the number of fancy soft serves popping up!
  5. BURGERS
    Sydney’s burger craze shows no signs of slowing down.  In fact the burgers seem to be getting even bigger!  How about those stacked burgers over milkshakes?!
  6. FRIED CHICKEN
    We predict the fried chicken trend to grow from strength to strength this year.  Yesss.
  7. BUGS
    We’re not feeling particularly excited about this one, but if it’s good enough for Rene Redzepi of Noma we wouldn’t be surprised to see creepy crawlies making their way onto our menus this year.  Eeek!
  8. HOME DELIVERY
    The focus will be on Apps which deliver food fast from quality restaurants we would usually dine out at.  Sorry Domino’s.
  9. POP UP VENTURES
    We think pop up bars and restaurants will continue to ‘pop up’ this year along with restaurant take-overs.  Just look at Noma – the ultimate global pop up restaurant!
  10. CASUAL DINING 
    We think the trend towards casual dining will continue to be popular along with the share plate style of serving.  People want to relax and enjoy themselves in more comfortable surroundings whilst still enjoying top notch food.

Feeling hungry?  Then check out our hand-picked list of the best restaurants and bars in Sydney to find your perfect spot, morning noon or night!

Image courtesy of Butter.

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