5 burgeoning Food Trends to Experience on your 2018 Travels


Whether you travel regularly on business or you simply enjoy discovering new cultures on your holidays, 2018 is almost certain to be a fascinating year if you’re passionate about your food.

2017 was all about the gluten-free produce, the mass-adoption of Japanese patisserie cheesecakes, and charcoal dishes rich in minerals and vitamins. So, what is the world likely to be eating more of during the next 12 months? Check out these five emerging food trends that could be coming to a restaurant near you.


Photo” (CC BY 2.0) by Jackie L Chan

Vegan and meat-free dishes

Increasing numbers of people are choosing to adopt a vegan diet, free of meat and dairy products. This plant-based diet is becoming big business, especially in the UK and the Netherlands. In the UK this year, tens of thousands of people have signed up to Veganuary, a concept which encourages people to sample a vegan diet for the entirety of January. Meanwhile, the Netherlands is anticipating ‘faux meat’ alternatives to make an impact, with the likes of jackfruit replacing pulled pork in burgers and burritos and chicken swapped for seitan as meat-free meals continue to spread across the mass market.

Acai bowls

acai bowl
Acai Bowl with Cranberry and Goji” (CC BY 2.0) by wuestenigel

Hawaiian poke bowls

Another dish that enjoyed humble beginnings but has quickly become a global phenomenon is the poke bowl. Born in Hawaii and given a global platform in Los Angeles, these raw fish salads are a cross between sushi and, well, a fresh crisp salad!

Combine salads, fermented pickles, rice and cubed raw fish and you’ve got yourself a lunchtime snack that’s rich in protein, antioxidants, and vitamins – what more could you want?

Cheese tea

Okonomiyaki

Hopefully, these burgeoning food trends have whetted your appetite for your next overseas trip. Be sure to keep an eye out for these dishes and beverages and don’t be afraid to give them a try; you’ll never know if you like them unless you take the plunge!

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