Top Event Food And Beverage Trends

From the restaurant industry to catering and special event food and beverage, the world of culinary confections is in constant flux. With new food trends ever evolving and old favourites being revisited and reimagined, there is no shortage of options available when it comes to organizing your next event or private function. However, that often leaves people wondering where to begin.

So on that note, we find it only fitting to quote the immortal words of M.F.K. Fisher and say “First we eat, then we do everything else” as we provide to you some of the top event food and beverage trends. 

Local and Sustainable

It seems like these two words are thrown around a lot, however, in a world that is growing ever more conscious of things like GMOs and carbon footprints, this notion carries a lot of force. Try choosing local vendors who celebrate the natural bounty of food that is found in our own backyard and you’ll notice that the food isn’t only fresher, but supporting local vendors greatly reduces carbon emissions. 

Natural and Minimally Processed Foods

There was once a time when the most celebrated recipes and dishes were usually the most complicated. Today, we see more and more food being consumed and enjoyed as close to its natural state as possible. This is a great way to showcase local flavours, as well as providing a healthier and less processed offering to your guests. 

House Made and Artisanal Food

The food industry is seeing many people turn away from large vendors and producers, and choosing smaller, more artisanal alternatives. From artisan cheeses to private label wine that is created for the specific occasion, this is a great way to not only celebrate the local food and beverage talent, but it is also a great way to make your guests feel like that they are experiencing something truly unique and special. 

Cocktails and Mocktails

Few things can get the ball rolling at an event like the social lubricant known as alcohol. However, while normally a fan favourite, there are a growing number of non-drinkers who are feeling left out when all the guests are raising a glass of the evenings “signature cocktail.” In response, we have noticed a growing number of events offering a non-alcoholic, but equally as tasty, alternative. These can easily be constructed to pair with any food offerings at the event and are sure to help leave a lasting mark on drinkers and non-drinkers alike. 

Condiments

Sauce and food is nothing new, however, we are seeing a growing number of events offering much more than your standard ketchup and mustard. From innovative aioli’s to garden fresh relishes and compotes, these unique and delicious dippers are great for seemingly any food. At home with finger foods to main courses, experimenting with condiments and unique combinations is a great way to get your guests talking as well as provide them with a truly one-of-a-kind culinary experience. 

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