From Natural Asian flavours to naked wines and traditional cocktails 2016 has all the hallmarks of being a healthy food lovers year, with a few treats included for those looking to expand their waste line. Here are some trends ready to explode in 2016.
1. Immersive Dinning
Chefs and restaurateurs are latching on to the power of storytelling and are weaving both narratives and characters into their concepts. Storytelling will be taken a step further this year, as diners demand not only a front row seat to the action, but to become part of the show itself, its dinner with a show but now your in it. One popular example was a “breaking bad cocktail bar” where guests were invited into an RV to create their own drinks in test tubes!
2. Single Dish Restaurants
Such restaurants are extremely popular in London and revolve around a chef specialising in variations to one particular dish. Balls & Co in Soho, London are a perfect example who decided to champion the humble meatball, offering it in an array of guises with a selection of sauces. YUM!
3. Single Cocktail Bar
Similar to the single dish restaurant, cocktail bars and companies are now focusing their skills on perfecting one particular type of drink. James Bond themed bars that serve only cocktails featured in Bond films are found through the UK. Tanqueray Gin recently opened a pop up bar in London inviting Londoners the chance to learn how to make the perfect Gin and Tonic.
4. Natural foods over processed foods
A trend that is growing every year, consumers will continue to be concerned with eating natural and “less processed food products.”
5. Natural Wines
More and more cult wine companies have been pushing all natural wine products. After years of marketing, customers are listening and demanding more and more; the big brands will need to take note!
6. Tea Pubs
Yes that right, tea pubs! A trend that began in London is starting to make headlines around the world for specialising in loose-leaf tea. The “Brew-Pub” in London secured $510,00 in crowd funding to launch a pub in the South of London. Watch this space!
7. Matching foods with exercise programs
The explosion in the healthy food and exercise industry has been hard to miss. The connection between exercise and diet will take centre stage 2016 with people matching what they eat with training programs.