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The Food Trend Predictions of 2016

By Stephanie Johnson

Back at the beginning of the year, there were so many articles on food predictions for 2016. There were the high flyers of the year, the revolutionary new products and the restaurant trends to come (anyone remember the sirtfood diet?). We’re now (rather unbelievably) over half way through the year, so it's time to take a look back at these predictions to see how close they compare to the reality, as well as having a look at what else is in store for the coming months.
 

THE 2016 PREDICTIONS

 
Persian Food - think stews and rice dishes with dried fruits and spices

Golden berries - move over goji berries

Seaweed - tipped to be the new kale

Sprouting seeds - think the cool version of growing your own watercress in school

Home smoking - because plain old BBQ is so 2011

Brazilian food - Caipirinha's all round!

Beauty food - food enhanced with probiotics or collagen

Insects - such as crickets, supposedly a great source of protein

Sirtfoods - a list of foods including chocolate, strawberries and red wine that apparently turbocharge weight loss and help you live longer, mimicking the effects of fasting and exercise 

The Pegan Diet - the best of paleo and vegan, so basically the meat from paleo and grains from vegan, with a focus on high fat foods
 

THE REALITY

 
Some were correct, some not. Lifestyle predictions such as The Pegan Diet are definitely around, they've just dropped the name and are now simply being categorised as eating wholesome, natural foods. We've also seen a lot of cricket flour and protein bars appearing, so that's the insect trend covered. And with the Olympics recently kicking off, Brazilian food is aplenty (although we’ve certainly seen more cocktails than meals!). Seaweed is definitely having its moment of glory, although golden berries are yet to make an appearance.
 
The biggest difference though has to be the number of trends that weren't predicted but are well and truly present.

Here's a few we've noticed:

PokÄ“ - dubbed the Hawaiian version of sushi, it started its life as a street food option and now it's on every restaurant menu

Sri Lankan food - again, firstly offered from street food stall Weligama, hoppers and coconut sambal are basically a weekend brunch staple now

Seasonal British produce - we've noticed restaurant menus are changing more often, and are heavily reliant on local, seasonal produce

Freak shakes - hailing from America, these OTT milkshakes topped with cake, sweets, cream and everything sugar-laden have hit the UK recently. There will also be vegan and gluten free versions available at The Canvas Cafe - we'll see you in the queue.

Avocado continues to rise - the love for avocado will never die and avocado roses seem to be the new insta-trend of the year

Matcha - it came about in 2015, but 2016 has seen it added to anything and everything - bread, pastries, ice-cream, cakes, porridge... there's even cafes solely dedicated to matcha. 

Turmeric - this healing root is having a little moment in the spotlight - turmeric lattes are hitting the mainstream and products such as Turmeric Tamarind Tonic by Jamu Kitchen have a cult following

Rainbow everything - rainbow bagels started it, everything else followed. We're fans of the naturally bright, colourful food rather than the dyed type though… 
 

WHAT'S TO COME? 


Here's a few other trends still tipped for greatness: 

Bowl food - food served in bowls: we’ve seen a few hitting menu's, and there's meant to be more to come. Think breakfast bowls, salad bowls (macro bowls/probiotic bowls etc) - in fact there's a whole restaurant in Berlin dedicated to salad in a bowl.

Root to stem - an increase in restaurants and companies making use of every part of the vegetable (or animal) - minimal waste, maximum taste. 

Souping is the new juicing - We’ll save this one for the winter? We're happy with our cold pressed juice for the time being.

Tiger nuts - also referred to as chufas,  they've started making an appearance on the health scene and are expected to be the next super food.
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