San Francisco: Trendspotters Pick Top Five Food Trends at Winter Fancy Food Show
The top five food trends for 2011 have been picked by a panel of food experts at the 36th Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, which took place from Sunday, January 16 to Tuesday, January 18 at Moscone Center. The show is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast, with about 80,000 products on display from the US and over 35 other countries.
The 2011 trends are:
- Chocolate for Breakfast: Tea, Belgian waffles, granola and hot chocolate on a stick.
- Foods for Healing: Ancient healing teas, Blackwater with 77 minerals, aloe and cucumber drinks, plus micro-batches of healthful beverages.
- New Noodles: Yam, kelp, farro and spelt.
- Heat with Flavor: Ghost peppers, yuzu-wasabi sauce and piquillo almond glop.
- Creative Chips: pinto bean, naan, peas, mung beans, kale and wild rice.
Other trends identified are retro foods, classic cocktails, wine-flavored foods, mini servings and cured meats.
The 2011 trend spotters:
- Cindy Hatcher, Cooking Light
- Tanya Henry, Marin Independent Journal
- Nancy Hopkins, Better Homes & Gardens
- Kara Nielsen, Center for Culinary Development
- Amy Sherman, Blackboardeats.com
- Margo True, Sunset Magazine
- Tina Ujlaki, Food & Wine
- Joanne Weir, PBS television host.
The NASFT (National Association for the Specialty Food Trade) was established in 1952 to foster trade, commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are over 2,900 members in the US and abroad. Visit the NASFT’s official site for more information about the Fancy Food Shows. The Summer Fancy Food Show will take place July 10 – 12, 2011, in Washington, D.C.