Food trends taking over the restaurant industry in 2018

If you thought trends were only something that happened in fashion, you’re wrong. It’s safe to say, what we eat overrides what we wear. Though what people eat can depend greatly on culture, it’s still possible to predict food trends because let’s face it, contemporary dining trends are formed through social media. With social media platforms becoming a major influencing factor on what we eat, chefs around the world are not only coming up with new flavors and tastes, but are also creating more unique dining experiences. Want to know what’s going to be trending over the next couple of years? Well, here are 5 food trends that are taking over the industry.

You can thank #instafit for that as social media has placed an emphasis on the importance of eating more plant-based meals. Well, though it started in someone’s home kitchen, it’s now become a massive trend, with more restaurants moving away from heavy comfort foods like grilled cheese sandwiches and mac-and-cheese, restaurants are now opting for plant-based meals that won’t have eaters hating themselves after their meal. Plus, it opens the doors for vegan and vegetarian customers.

If you can’t get 100 likes from it on Instagram, is it even worth eating it? Now, that’s the question that’s circulating many food lovers. While we can never say no to a tasty meal, it seems that the way food is presented on Instagram is what matters more to people. Food influencers and bloggers want to eat meals that are photogenic and will have their followers drooling over. Likewise, food styling is becoming a major trend in the restaurant industry, as more and more restaurants realise how important Instagram is in raising brand awareness and promoting new dishes. This Chippendale cafe, for example, leverages their photo gallery to bring more visitors to their Instagram page.

Well, Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary about the planet must have had some effect as now restaurants are focusing on root-to-stem cooking. What does this mean? It’s about increasing the usability of food in order to reduce waste. As climate change becomes an increasingly important global topic, the food industry is looking at ways on how to reduce their waste. Zero waste eating will continue to grow in popularity.

As more people are becoming conscious about their health, they want to know where their food is coming from. Menu labeling will be increased as it’ll display calorie count and options for food allergies and alternative substitutions. As consumers are becoming more aware of what they’re eating, the industry is now focusing on food transparency. Restaurants offering no GMOs, organic, no hormones added will excel in the upcoming years.

People are interested in going out to have a meal just for the fun of it, they want an experience. In 2017, food halls grew by 700 percent. This is because customers are looking for something different. They can get a well-cooked meal anywhere, but they want something entertaining to go along with it. Whether it’s a eating in the dark restaurant, live band or a pop-up, customers want a complete experience when eating.

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