We know it's far too early to be thinking about New Year's resolutions...
But next year's biggest food trends are set to be majorly health-focused, meaning you'll be able to work on those New Year health goals while maintaining a decent social life.
So, you ready to find out what the hottest food trends of 2019 will be?
Well, the folks at Musgrave Marketplace, Ireland’s leading wholesale supplier for food, alcohol and equipment, have called on their food trends expert Dr. Deirdre Moriarty to compile her predictions for 2019.
And without further adieu, they are...
1. Sustainable dining
Food waste and sustainability was a hot topic in 2018 and it’s set to continue into next year as chefs look at ways to reduce waste. Zero waste or root to tip cooking was a major trend in 2018 but next year we can expect to see sustainability broaden its appeal. Expect to see more bars and restaurants offering recyclable coffee cups, plastic straws will be a no-no and restaurants will start to get ‘hyper local’ with their ingredients in a bid to reduce food miles.
2. Vegan Fast Food
Next year veganism will get even more air time as the health trend from 2018 makes a bigger impact on the everyday consumer. No longer just for the uber-health conscious or the hipster brigade, in 2019 veganism will go mainstream with fast food options like vegan wings, vegan burgers and fries becoming more widely available.
3. Smoked Desserts
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In 2019, we’ll be following in the footsteps of the Scandinavians, who have long lead the way when it comes to smoked cooking from mackerel to trout to sausages. Delicious smoked butters and cheeses will be a key trend in restaurants and shops but also keep an eye out for smoked desserts! Move over salted caramel, next year we’ll be indulging in smoked caramel.
4. Food that heals
The self-care movement is set to hit the food market in a big way. Self-care involves taking time out and learning to recharge your batteries while doing things you enjoy. Food fits into this trend with consumers being encouraged to allow themselves a treat every now and then but also using food as a way of healing the body. Nutrient rich foods that boost brain power, improve the immune system or help you sleep better will be making their way to menus in cafés, coffee shops and restaurants across the country.
5. Cold-brewed coffee
If you’re a caffeine-junkie this trend will spell good news. Cold brew coffee, especially big in Australian café culture, will be used as a base to infuse lots of seasonal flavours. Nitro cold brew will also hit menus. We’ll also see Chemex being used much more in the brewing of coffee, and in line with the sustainability trend, the use of reusable cups will continue to grow in 2019. Expect to see more incentives to encourage consumers to ditch the paper cup.