International Food & Dining Trends That Are Hot Right Now

International Food & Dining Trends That Are Hot Right Now

New food and dining trends are hitting the culinary scene, and we spoke with top restaurant professionals to get the details. They tell us about the rise in street foods, global fusion, and menus catering to the hungry vegetarians. When we sat down with a few industry experts, here’s what else they told us. 

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How Travel and Flavor Trends Intersect and Influence Each Other

How Travel and Flavor Trends Intersect and Influence Each Other

By Suzy Badaracco, Foodable Industry Expert

Travel often acts as a courier to the food industry.  Simply put, consumers travel, experience the local cuisine, and return home - seeking to replicate their food experiences.

The most recent food trends exhibiting a courier birth from travel include the Nordic cuisine trend and the Asian flavor shift that has materialized. Arctic travel began in 2011 and continues in 2014 representing courage, adventure, excitement, isolation (signaling confidence), exploration, and shows consumers are making a turn away from crisis and towards recovery. Denmark, Norway, and Scandinavia are acting as co-poster children for travel and are also the leading ladies representing Nordic foods entering this country.  More isolated countries such as Iceland, Finland, Antarctica, Nepal, Siberia, Newfoundland and Labrador are also top destinations under the Arctic umbrella due to their exotic nature. Their appearance signals exploration and movement away from the familiar – a strong sign of an economic recovery.  Arctic travel is paralleling the swing back to more adventurous eating experiences and signals a return to individualism, risk taking, and leaving the pack.  It is a move away from fear.

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