Happy New Year everyone and welcome, to my 2019 Food Trend Predictions post! The start of another year brings with it new and exciting food experiences. As always when the New Year rolls around I like to do a little research to see what the pundits predict will be hot and trendy for the coming year. This is not a definitive list, and it is just for a bit of fun. I have chosen 10 items that appear again and again on the many lists I have read and researched. Because I am vegetarian there is no meat on the list but for the carnivores out there I am sure you will have plenty to enjoy this year.

1. Pacific Rim Flavours

So let’s kick things off with what the popular flavour profile is predicted to be this year. Food’s coming from Hawaii, Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, New Zeland, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. According to a lot of the New’s outlets, Pacific Rim flavours will be all the rage in 2019. Hence why it’s made it to the top of the 2019 food trend predictions list.

Closeup of a plate of dragon fruit slices on blue background
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Some of the flavours we can look forward to seeing more of are, dragon fruit, cinnamon, cardamon, guava, ginger, lemongrass, star anise, pineapple and coconut milk. I love all these flavours and yet I don’t use them very much in my kitchen. I shall definitely have to change that this year.

2. Vegan.

This one appeared on last years list and it is back again. Veganism is still on the rise in the UK and across the globe. Many are making the change for lifestyle reasons while others are making the move for animal rights. I have been a Vegetarian for over 30 years, but have never made the full switch to Veganism.

I rarely drink cows milk, because it just disagrees with me. But I still have a weakness for cheese. But I am making a more concerted effort to eat a more plant-based diet. Which is made a lot easier because so many more supermarkets are now stocking Vegan products. Making eating Vegan on the go and in a hurry so much easier.

A selection of vegetables and a Vegan product by Vivera, Smokey BBQ Pulled Veggie.

3. Mushrooms.

These little fungi are going to become the star of the show in 2019, according to pundits. There are so many different kinds of mushrooms out there, chanterelle, enokitake, shiitake, button and oyster to name but a few. I tend to find people either love them or hate them. I personally love them and hope I really do see more of them on menus in 2019.

A big pile of uncooked mushrooms
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4. Tahini Desserts.

The popularity of tahini is going to continue well into 2019. But instead of being used for just humous it is going to play a part in desserts. I have already seen quite a few tahini cookie recipes on the web. So expect to see more floating around this year.

5. Dessert Humous.

It doesn’t matter if you spell it humous, hummus or houmous we all love the delicious dip. But apparently dessert humous is going to be a thing this year. I did see a few recipes last year but never got around to trying it myself. I must admit I am intrigued by the idea and do really fancy giving this a go sometime soon in the future.

6. Oat Milk.

Apparently, it’s goodbye almond milk and hello oat milk. I am a fan of oat milk but I am also a fan of almond milk so I don’t think I will fully give up almond milk. But I am more than happy to include oat milk into my diet this year. It has a creamy texture and a very mild oatmeal taste to it. It contains protein, fibre and is packed full of nutrients.

Two cartons of oat milk, one semi skimmed and the other a barista edition made for using with coffee.

7. Fake Meat Snacks.

As you can see there is a trend going on here. Yes, there is some bias here, I don’t eat meat so there is no meat on the list. But out of all the reading, I did very little meat appeared on the lists I read. It was there so fear not meat eaters. But apparently fake meat jerky is going to be a thing. Also, I read a lot about lab-grown meat being tested across the world. Personally, that kind of gives me the heebie-jeebies. But each to their own I guess!

8. Breakfast.

This appeared on last years list but in a different way. In 2018 breakfast was all about becoming a dessert, this year breakfast is all about being important and healthy. We are all told as children breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s looking like that is going to become a trend for 2019. I must admit, I have only really taken breakfast seriously in the last few years. Now I never start a day without it, it stops me snacking mid-morning and making bad choices.

9. Za’atar.

This Middle Eastern spice mix is going to become a favourite with foodies according to pundits. I have seen a few different variations of this mix, but essentially most of them seem to include the following ingredients. Sesame seeds, dried oregano, dried marjoram, dried thyme, ground sumac, ground cumin and salt.

There doesn’t seem to be one definitive recipe to follow and each mix differs slightly. I have to admit I buy a ready made mix for ease and cost. It’s cheaper to buy it this way for me and has a lot less waste.

Za'atar herb mix poured onto a plate.

10. Jackfruit.

Jackfruit is a fruit native to SouthWest India and is a large fruit that grows on trees. It’s very popular in South and Southeast Asian cuisines. I have never seen it fresh in Scotland but I can buy it in tins in the Asian supermarkets. It is also a bit of a darling of the Vegan world. It has a sweet custard-like flavour to it. I have not had it too often but I am open to trying it more often.

So what are you looking forward to most? Let me know down below in the comments.

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