It’s incredible to observe the changes the food industry undergoes each year, how people give their preferences from one dish to the other and how our tastes and food experiences extremely or slightly differ depending on the development of technologies, dining trends, movements, and our consciousness in general.

If to have a look at the Forbes annual research of Top 10 Foods and Restaurants Trends of different years, you will see that the food tendencies have quite changed since the times of bacon dominance and with the beginning of the XXI century food, which is good both for you and the environment, becomes more and more popular. Fried chicken and sandwiches are replaced with vegan cooking and wellness/comfort food, communal dining comes back to fashion again. Interesting? Then, read below about these and some other changes in foods and dining in the year 2021.

List of Trends of Food in 2021

Trend #1

Interest in food based on plant protein continues to grow, spread, and have a powerful influence on the food industry in 2021. Could you ever imagine Mcdonald's producing vegan burgers? Nowadays, it’s reality! And there is no surprise in this. If you want your chain of restaurants to be popular, it has to be oriented and based on consumers’ requests, which, by the way, in the past year have increased in vegan-related searches on Google beyond the 90%. Choosing between hearty steak and cauliflower? To be in trend in 2021, opt for the second one which isn’t only healthier but environmentally friendlier.

Trend #2

The connection between farming communities and restaurants becomes stronger as people want to know what they eat, how a meal was made, and where it comes from. While the farm-to-table movement encourages people to consume high-quality, fresh, seasonal, hence, tastier food, restaurants try to develop the reputations of local and regional foods users, creating seasonal menus, and being honest and transparent with customers concerning the questions of the supply chain. Let’s see what such cultivation of restaurants/local farmers' relationships will result in.

Trend #3

With the increase of health concerns, gut health foods is another urgent issue in our consumerist society. Believe it or not, but our gut is known as our body’s second brain tightly connected and responsible for our digestive system, mood, brain, and mental health. For this reason, people are called to insert in their ration such gut-healthy naturally fermented foods as drinks with kombucha, dairy and lactose-free yogurts, sauerkraut, mango, coconut oil, high fiber foods, and kimchi.

Trend #4

Never eating alone is one more dining trend of the year 2021. Apart from maximizing the opportunity to interact and build up useful relationships with other people, communal dining helps us feel less lonely, especially, in the era when virtual chatting and socializing on the Internet occupies a huge amount of our time. Moreover, we benefit from communal table eating in many other ways like improving our food choice, developing a mealtime regime, and even reducing the possibility of overeating. Improve your overall state of well-being by sharing a table with people you love and appreciate.

Trend #5

Cooking dishes of Arctic and Filipino cuisines is another dining peculiarity this year will be marked with. Our conscious choice in favor of healthy foods leads to turning for cooking recipes to the cuisines of Scandinavian countries, which include seafood ration, and fragrant dishes of the Philippines famous for its halo-halo dessert, spring roll lumpia, and peanut sauce are-kare. However, apart from the interest in other nation’s traditional recipes, Americans start retrieving their own historical dishes like cornbread, acorn flour, hush puppies, blackberries, etc.

Though the year 2021 has only started, all food-lovers are in anticipation of the upcoming changes that the food industry has prepared for us. Are you going to go with the flow and accept the dining trends gradually invading the American culture? Or are you a kind of a hard nut to crack and will stick to your individual food-related customs? Time will show