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10 food trends for 2017

Being in the thick of the food industry, we always like to look ahead to what’s coming next. This year, we assembled our very first Good Food trends panel – a group of food and drink industry experts plus our own team – to predict what you’ll be buying, cooking and eating in 2017. We’ve picked 10 highlights, and given you tips on how to try them for yourself so your finger stays well and truly on the foodie pulse.

Taco fever



According to our trends panel, hyper-regional food will continue to set our tastebuds ablaze in the next 12 months. From Nordic bakeries to niche Cuban and Filipino restaurants, we expect authenticity to be the order of the day. As for star dishes, tacos have been all over our Instagram feeds recently thanks to the likes of Breddo’s Tacos, Neil Rankin’s Temper and Taqueria, so now’s the time to get well-versed in the fine art of tortilla wrangling.  


Low and no-alcohol drinks



We know that Generation Z drinks less than the generations before them, and that they value quality in what they do drink, so we predict non-alcoholic drinks will become more niche next year as a result. Expect to hear much more talk of turmeric shots, charcoal-activated water, cold-pressed juices and non-alcoholic ‘spirits’ like Seedlip


Sea vegetables


Nori sushi bowl

We’ve seen an exponential rise in veggie and vegan cooking in the last few years, with ‘vegetarian butchers’ and their ilk around to remind us that vegetables should no longer be consigned to a side order. One sub-genre we expect to see more of is sea vegetables like healthy dulse (seaweed), which can be used as a salt substitute, to add a briny tang to food or for snacking. 


Pickles and ferments



Health trends move fast, whether that’s the hottest vegetable of the moment (cauliflower, in case you were wondering), a trendy piece of kit or a buzz phrase, like ‘gut health’ – the term that’s set to be at the heart of the health world in 2017. What this means is more yet more pickling and fermenting, so kimchi, kombucha and Yucatan pickles will remain foods du jour. Gut-friendly foods like these are thought to help with irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, fertility, immunity, low energy and libido. 


Zero waste


Garden glut chutney

Minimising food waste is something we’re 100% behind, and now thanks to restaurants like Silo in Brighton, the war on waste is gaining traction. Add to this companies like Rubies in the Rubble, who make jam from rejected fruit, and California’s Fog Point Vodka, which extraordinarily is made from net-caught fog moisture, and we’re starting to see some real pioneering. 


Insta-ready food


Insta worthy food

Our 2016 BBC Good Food Nation Survey found that 40% of millennials have posted photos of their food on social media channels. Producers and restaurateurs are getting in on the act, whether that’s in the form of rainbow bagels, black burger buns or blue algae coffee. 


Smart tech in the kitchen


Coffee roaster

From smart frying pans to camera plates, kitchen equipment is looking more and more sci-fi. We love the sound of the Totali-Tea device, which monitors your sleep and will provide you with a cup of tea with added caffeine if you’ve had a bad night, the Coravin wine preservation system, that allows you to siphon wine out of bottles without popping the cork, and the IKAWA coffee roaster that works off your iPad. 




Chefs like Heston Blumenthal have been advocating eating insects for some time now, but the concept has never quite taken flight. However, as sustainability is increasingly on our radar, the idea of reducing our intake of traditional protein sources like red meat is ever more attractive. Add to this the fact that insects now come in pulverised powder form – this ‘flour’ can be used in pancakes for instance – and it almost sounds appetising. With Thomasina Miers's Wahaca chain and some health food shops now selling insects, this could be the year the worm turns (pun intended). 


Portuguese food 



Lisbon is one of the hottest European travel destinations of the moment, as people make the most of reasonable flights and the promise of beautiful food including the legendary Portuguese custard tart. The PCT is already the pastry of the moment in London, thanks to Nuno Mendes’s Taberna Do Mercado and I Love Nata, a new chain exclusively selling pasteis de nata, but salt cod, rice pudding and spicy sausage are among other Portuguese classics worth checking out. 


Healthy snacks


Healthy snacks

According to our trends panel, a continued blurring of mealtimes will mean more of us opt to graze instead of eat three meals a day. Picking and sharing small plates are on the rise, as are healthier snack solutions, so expect to see lower-sugar and high-protein bites. 


Feb 2017



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