Compilation of 2013 Food Trend Predictions

Cupcakes, kale and quinoa?  Oh that’s so last year.

Think instead:  Doughnuts and push-pops. Cauliflower and collards. Farro and freekeh.

bacon donutsThose are some of the hot foods that trend trackers believe will be big in 2013.  Check out the links below for a compilation of 2013 food trend lists.  You’ll see  lots of agreement. Maybe one list just feeds off the other, but it does seem like everyone is starting to say the same thing. Anyway, here are a few highlights:


Ingredients
black garlic, padron chile, horseradish, quail eggs, durian, ramps, pine needles, fish milt, whey, seaweed, ashes, sawtooth herb, green chickpeas, kimchi, fermented everything

Flavors
dukkah, sumac, sour, torridly hot, smoked, turmeric, barrel-aged hot sauce, gochujang (Korean hot sauce), Japanese katsu sauce

Vegetables
center of the plate, sunchokes, raw winter vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli romanesco, parsley root, golden and chiogga beets, pumpkin, baby sweet potatoes, turnip greens, beet tops, collards, fiddleheads, kohlrabi, green tomatoes, komatsuna (Asian mustard greens), seaweed, mico-greens, pickled vegetables, veggie noodles (squash), vegetables in cocktails (“farm to bar”), vegetable desserts, hyper-sourcing (restaurant gardens)

Fruits
sour cherries, baobab, huckleberries, finger limes, calamondin, rambutan, heirloom apples, grapefruit, white strawberries

Proteins
long-aged and cured meat (salumi, charcuterie), pork secreto, heirloom chicken, pig tails, chicken skin, chicharrones (fried pork rinds), lamb belly, wild line-caught fish, vegetable proteins (meatless meals)

Grains
freekeh, farro, bulgur, noodles (udon, soba, cellophane, rice), millet, teff, buckwheat

Desserts
Doughnuts, artisanal soft serve, push-pops, savory flavors, boozy desserts

Drinks
Tea (the new coffee?), non-alcoholic beverages (“mocktails”), artisanal soda, hard cider, craft brews, gourmet lemonade, kombucha, coconut water

Snacks
popcorn, homemade snacks, popped grains

Authentic Ethnic
Nordic, Middle Eastern (my favorite!), Asian, Nex Mex (high-end Mexican), South American (Brazil, Argentina, Peru)

2013 Food Trend Lists

Huffington Post Food 2013 Food Trends: 13 That Other Publications Agree On
New York Times After Crisp Pig Ears, 10 Trends for 2013
Eater Food Writers and Experts on What’s Hot and What’s Over
National Restaurant Association What’s Hot 2013 Chef Survey
Sterling-Rice Group Cutting-Edge Dining Trends of 2013
Andrew Freeman & Co. How Hotel & Restaurant Trends Will Shape a New Reality in 2013
Baum + Whiteman 17 Hottest Food and Dining Trends for 2013
Phil Lempert The Top 10 Food Trend Predictions for 2013
Technomic Technomic’s Take: What’s Ahead in 2013?
Epicurious Epicurious Predicts The Top 10 Food Trends of 2013
Food & Wine Top Food Trends to Try in 2013
Bon Appetit What to Eat, Drink and Cook in 2013
The Food Channel Top Ten Food Trends of 2013
Hour Detroit What’s Popping: Food Trends for 2013
Eatocracy Eat This List: Tater tots, invasive entrees and other food trends we’d like to see in 2013
Food Navigator Trend Spotting Gallery: What’s Hot and What’s Not as we Head Into 2013
Innova Market Insights Top Trends for 2013
Produce Marketing Association’s Produce Trends
McCormick & Co. Flavor Trends (client)
Cooking Light Our Predictions: 2013 Food Trends
Chef David Burke’s Food Predictions for 2013
NPR’s The Salt Drinks, Diets and Meats: Hits of 2012, Predictions for 2013
NPR On Your Plate in 2013: Expect Kimchi and Good-for-you Greens
Chicago Tribune 2013 Food Trends: What’s the Buzz in Food
The Daily Meal Caterers Predict Event Trends for 2012

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