10 Millennial Food Trends for 2018

By Staff Writer Published on March 29, 2018

In 2018, foodie culture is at an all-time high. The causes of this phenomenon are quite obvious: nowadays, anyone can snap a photo of their perfectly styled meal and instantly post it for the whole world to see. The internet has also expanded the accessibility to recipes from cultures halfway across the world, ingredients previously unheard of, and “food envy” of someone living in another country.

And while you may not have previously thought about what you eat following obvious trends like clothes and music, food trends are a major determinant of what shows up on your restaurant menu and in your grocery basket.

Naturally, millennials are the driving force with most of today’s food trends. The tech-savvy rising generation is constantly in search of the new and unique when it comes to food. Here are some of the most popular food trends of 2017, as well as predictions for 2018.

1. Taco mania

Gourmet tacos are nothing new, but the trend isn’t leaving anytime in 2018 either. High-end chefs are taking tacos to the next level, offering fine cuts of meat and deep flavors for this traditional Mexican street food. Fast-casual restaurants and food trucks also have jumped on board, offering fusion tacos that borrow from other cultures for their tasty fillings. Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesdays?

2. Exotic flavors

Though sushi and Thai restaurants have taken the country by storm in the past decade, millennials are pushing the trend onward and upward with more exotic cuisine. 2018 is predicted to be the year for Peruvian and Middle Eastern cuisine to be on the rise.

3. Poke bowls

If you don’t know, now you know. Poke bowls are the hottest new trend in food and restaurants are quickly jumping at the chance to serve this Hawaiian twist on ceviche. Think flavorful, juicy, raw fish served with tangy sauces over fluffy white rice. Aloha!

4. Mindfulness diets

Practicing mindfulness is far from a traditional diet, but we call it one to portray the idea that millennials are using the meditation practice to lose weight and improve their overall well-being. Mindfulness diets call for people to really think about what they’re eating, how much they’re eating, and the deeper motives behind what they put in their mouth.

5. Zero waste

Going green is today’s best eco-friendly trend, and food is no exception. In decades past, humans have been known to waste an exorbitant amount of food. The zero-waste trend calls for consumers to use every bit of food possible and find new purposes for things like celery greens and the leftover turkey they previously might have tossed out after a few days.

6. Rolled ice cream

This trend has been all over Instagram videos for a while, and for good reason. Rolled ice cream is a fancy phenomenon that brings a fun, artistic twist to our favorite frozen treat. Watching the process is mesmerizing, and worth the cost of the ice cream alone.

7. Gourmet soft serve

Ice cream always seems to be at the front of the food trends, so we’re including another for good measure. Soft serve is no longer reserved for gas stations and McDonald’s drive-thrus. Instead, pastry chefs are finding inventive ways to serve this common treat with an exotic, high-end twist.

8. Futuristic grocery stores

Amazon has already taken the lead on creating cashier-free grocery stores, and now other countries are following suit. Grocery stores all over the world are adopting new technology to make shopping more convenient, and soon our food shopping experience will be something we would hardly recognize today.

9. Mashups and fusions

Like New York City’s famous ramen burgers and cronuts, today’s food trends often circle around the idea of mixing and mashing different dishes and cuisines to create something all new. We saw the Korean taco and “salad pizza” in years past . . . what’s next?

10. Fermentation

As more people become health-conscious, they’ll be turning to the benefits of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, Greek yogurt, and sourdough bread. These foods all contain live cultures that improve gut health and aid digestion.