Top 2021 Food Trends to Consider this Year—If you’re like me, you’re obsessed with following the foodie trends. Whipped coffee, sourdough bread, you name it and we saw it as a food trend in 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic and spending more time at home, food trends have shifted significantly from restaurant trends to more local, treat it at home foodie creations. And I have to say, I love it!
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Obviously, this trend has me beyond excited! I am thrilled to see more and more folks are open to trying more plant-based meals in their everyday lives. I hope we continue to see this trend grow to include more innovative meals at local restaurants and fast food joints. From the research I have seen, it is predicted that we will see a continued upward trend of people trying veganism or a more cruelty-free lifestyle which is a big win for our bodies and our world.
Another 2021 food trend I am here for is the continuation of the cooking crafts trend we saw in 2020. These trendy, TikTok-friendly cooking crafts really started gaining traction in the pandemic when we all began experimenting with our home cooking. Some of the trends we saw in 2021 were the whipped coffee, peanut butter milk, and pancake cereal. We have already seen some of these trends take off in 2021 and many have even sold out grocery stores of specific items! I can’t wait to see what Instagram-worthy recipes we come up with next.
With all our spare time during the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw a complete resurgence of pickling, fermenting, and canning. Especially among the younger generation which I think is super cool! This year, I predict more and more people will take advantage of indoor and outdoor garden spaces to turn their harvests into jars of pickles, pickled red onions and radishes, and more.
Another food trend that is expected to make a big impact is the homemade pasta trend. Remember last spring when we were all obsessed with our sourdough starters? Well, now we’ve graduated into making our very own delicious pasta from scratch. I can’t wait to test this trend out – the possibilities are endless! You can even try your hand at making vegan or gluten-free pasta just to level up the challenge.
Another foodie trend I am loving is the non-traditional takes on charcuterie boards. These days, you can really put anything on a board and make it aesthetically pleasing. We’ve seen some fun snacking options including pancake breakfast boards, hot cocoa boards, and even french fry boards! I am really excited to see what people come up with next for this trend. What food would you like to see on a board? I’m thinking a mac and cheese board would be pretty spectacular!
Another trend we have seen arise out of the COVID-19 pandemic is the movement towards individualized portions of food, primarily to avoid meal-sharing. Originally adapted as a way to combat the spread of the virus, this trend continues to gain traction on its’ own with a throwback to long-lost trends such as mason jar salads and canned cocktails. This is a blast from the past that I am here for!
While we all stayed home in our pajamas in 2020, innovators in the restaurant industry were hard at work creating ways to create an elevated dining experience at home. From meal kits to grocery packages, local restaurants have continued to evolve and adapt to the changing food industry. I anticipate we will continue to see a growth in this trend as restaurants adapt to survive ongoing COVID-19 shutdowns and social distancing measures. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
Another trend we will likely see evolve and grow is the rise of the at-home bartender. With bars, clubs and restaurants mostly closed, more and more people are indulging in the occasional cocktail from home. To bring the full cocktail bar experience home, I anticipate we will see a rise in artisanal bartending products. We will likely see a rise in homemade products like bitters and garnishes for cocktails.
What 2021 food trend are you most looking forward to trying this year? Let me know in the comments!