It’s time for us foodies to get our crystal balls out and start predicting what food trends 2023 has in store for us. 2022 is still upon us, but we have already started to see some steady inclinations for 2023’s food trends; for example, 2 of 2022’s food trends have made their way into 2023’s predictions – the rise of spicy niceness and plant-based everything.
In 2022 we had the rise of CBD products, plant-based alternatives, fermented foods, and trending food recipes like cloud bread, charcuterie boards, pasta chips, mug cakes, corn ribs, fruit candy, omelette wraps, peanut butter cup rice cakes and more. We had a delicious 2022, and it’s time to experience what 2023 has to offer.
Some trends focus on themes around the World, whilst others may be particular products or recipes trending on social media.
After doing some research, we took a look at what other markets are predicting, here are a few trends to look out for:
With a constant rise of inflation, and food prices, we see a ‘thrill in thrift’, this includes getting the best deals on foods, managing food waste in the kitchen, money savings tips and budget-friendly cooking hacks as well as energy savers, like air fryers or using gas stove rather than turning the oven on.
Plant pasta (see more below in our top 6 S.A. food trends). Reinventing our childhood foods to make them more nutritional or healthy – people can dive into nostalgia but still feed their bodies with good nutrients.
Dates are on the rise, whether it’s using dates in food, or date syrup as a sweetener alternative. Date syrup is often used in refined sugar-free baking or vegan goods. Avocado oil is another product to stock in your kitchen, it is packed with healthy unsaturated fats, and people have actually been using it for years.
Sourcing foods ethically, with animal welfare in mind, is on the rise – including organic pasture-raised chickens and eggs. We also look out for upcycling by-products, like beer chips made from the spent grain (from beer), or using the pulp from plant-based milk to create another product.
AND, PS: if you don’t have an air fryer by now, it’s time to be cool, it is now a kitchen counter must.
Other trends that are still on the rise in 2023:
- CBD and cannabis products
- Indigenous ancient and African grains. Whilst quinoa took a rise in recent years, we’re seeing more ancient and African grains gaining popularity like teff, sorghum, fonio, ground nuts and millet. These can be used as one normally uses grains, or made into flours.
- Cold brew coffee
- The crosshatch: a classic culinary technique that’s visually stunning and filling social feeds – for aubergines, mushrooms, scallops, you name it – add some crisscross in your food prep.