By Jennifer Buggica, Foodable Contributor
The year 2013 brought us some new trends that could very well remain popular deep into 2014. It was the year of food mashups, conscious eating, and some indulging. It was the year that many expanded their culinary tastes and tried things for the first time. It was the year of a global increase in self-proclaimed “foodies.” Here are the six food trends that are worth noting from 2013
1. The Craze for Cronuts
We have Chef Dominique Ansel to thank for what is possibly the largest food trend of 2013. Chef Ansel hails from New York, but the cronut craze extended beyond this state. The craze went global and other bakeries started featuring this flaky delight that combines croissants and doughnuts. With the world coming to understand what the big deal was, cronut purchases were limited, sold out signs were put out, and long lines were formed, all in the name of cronut love.
2. It’s a Ramen Burger State of Mind
New York’s food trend claim to fame doesn’t stop at the cronut. In fact, the all-too-popular Ramen Burger was debuted in Brooklyn by Keizo Shimamoto. The Ramen Burger is simple: a soy sauce-based beef patty topped with arugula, scallions and condiments, sandwiched between two fried ramen noodle buns.
3. The Sriracha Rooster Crows
The Sriracha hot sauce, made with chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt, is popular with a number of food items. From stirring Sriracha into mashed potatoes to eating it the most traditional way as a condiment in Vietnamese cuisine, the world experienced this sauce and found ways to satisfy the craving. In late 2013, social media was inundated with outrage, confusion and disappointment when a judge ruled that the Sriracha manufacturing factory in Irwindale, California be shut down due to offensive odors. But don’t worry, it’ll all be okay.
4. Food Truck Frenzy
In Tampa, a new Guinness World Record was made when the world’s largest gourmet food truck rally occurred on August 31, 2013. Food trucks from all over came to participate, giving their time and food to the many gathered licking their lips in anticipation. The rally was such a hit that The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally Ever Part II event will be taking place on March 29th and 30th of 2014.
Food trucks continue to pop up. This is a food trend that started a couple of years ago, but it doesn’t seem to be losing any steam. Perhaps in 2014 the food world will accept food trucks as something that is here to stay, rather than a fad waiting to fizzle.
5. Kale Gets Overdue Praise
Kale: a green that was mysterious and sometimes even scary to some people until 2013 elevated this vegetable to other levels. Given the number of gluten-free, organic diets surfacing, kale went from 0 to 60 on the dinner tables of many. As one of the healthiest vegetables one can consume, kale salads were born, kale chips were made, and kale was found in many soups and smoothies.
6. The Love of Healthy Living
Gluten-free, Mediterranean, Paleo – these are just some of the diets to really emerge and take off in 2013. In fact, Huffington Post reports that the Paleo diet appeared at the top of the “most Googled diets” list of the year. The general public wanted to know about it, participate in it, and create a new way of eating and living. A more whole and natural approach became mainstream and is not showing any signs of slowing down.
The case was also made for consuming more organic, whole, non-GMO foods, understanding where exactly one’s food comes from, and staying away from pesticides and hormones. The farm-to-table movement has been further fueled by the new knowledge and care surrounding the food we eat.
Trends come and go. There are some food trends that won’t make it into the next year, but trends are actually lasting longer as lovers of food are more likely now to take a popular dish, create their own version, and then blog about it. Cheers to 2014 and the food trends that are still to come.