When you throw an event, you need food. Your guests will expect to be fed in some sort of way, especially if the event is all day or over usual meal times.
Food has quickly become the main attraction of many events. 2017 has brought us a scrumptious array of exciting new food offerings; each adding an element of creativity and uniqueness to events. Here’s a look at the top event food trends, whatever the type of occasion:
Locally inspired cuisine
Guests are becoming increasingly interested in where produce is sourced from. There is definitely a sense of satisfaction when delivering local fresh produce and allowing guests to taste the flavours of the region and expose them to the uniqueness and culture of the destination.Sourcing local food means food is fresher and usually more affordable.
Food Trucks / Food Stations
This is a lasting trend to hit the season of summer events. Whether it’s as an appetizer, a dessert or even snacks throughout the event, people are opting for portable / bite-sized food options that are full of flavour! This allows attendees to network and mingle during an events. Smoked beef sliders, scallops, marshmallow bites and Gelato stations are a few popular food offerings to hit the events market.
Healthy and sustainable food
One of the biggest changes in the food industry is the focus on vegetarian or vegetable alternatives. Guests are requesting personalized menus featuring clean, vibrant flavours using fresh locally sourced organic / sustainable produce.
The no-sugar movement is now in full effect and there is a big demand on venues to feature healthy, un-processed food options on their menus. Many of the traditional foods that involved animal products or wheat products are seeing a decline, while vegetables are seeing a rise in popularity. People want cauliflower mash instead of potatoes or cauliflower rice instead of pasta. They’re more willing to say no to the beef dishes and opt for butternut squash instead. Meat is taking a back seat and vegetables are becoming the star of many dishes.
Smoked dishes and ethnic flavours are making a major appearance in events around the Western World. This is especially the case for tastes from the Middle East. More people are looking into the spices from the likes of Morocco and Iraq than other places in the world. These spices offer more of a kick and a feeling of being elsewhere. They’re not as commonly found either, such as Indian and Chinese spices. Eastern European foods are also seeing a rise in popularity.
Consider your options when it comes to food at your event. Trends are continually changing, and these are a few trends that have been noticed for events in recent months.
Should you need further guidance on selecting the perfect menu to compliment your event, give one of the expert consultants at My Venue Finder a call and we can guide you through the menu selection process, creating a balanced and thoughtfully prepared event menu.
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