A short list of 2020 foods trends I observed at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco - the event of the season to see what’s hot and trending in specialty foods from around the world.
2020 Food Trends from the Winter Fancy Food Show
The 2020 Winter Fancy Food Show capped a weekend of non-stop food discoveries. I attended the Good Food Awards Mercantile, meeting many of the brands that received accolades the previous evening. Then I returned to the city the next day with my videographer and did a whirlwind tour of the Winter Fancy Food Show, another opportunity to observe what's new on the food scene for 2020.
People always ask – what are the food trends? What should I expect to see in stores and on restaurant menus in the coming year?
Video Coverage of Food Finds and Trends at the 2020 Show
Beth's Top Five 2020 Food Trends
Here are five trends I observed and also gleaned from reading the reports from the show’s official trendologists.
You’re probably familiar with almond and soy milk. Oatmilk has recently surged in recognition and was visible throughout the weekend on its own and added into coffee drinks and even chocolate. We also found sesame milk and even hazelnut and walnut milk. Both oats and sesames are in plentiful supply so look for these two options to proliferate!
Fermented Foods Still Prevalent
Probiotic powerhouses like kimchi – even a vegan version minus the fish sauce, fermented tea drinks, pickles made from ugly produce and even fermented tea leaves for a Burmese take home kit to make a specialty tea salad.
International Flavors in Unexpected Places
Popcorn with za’atar, mushroom jerky with Thai spices, chocolate with rose and cardamom. Just a tiny taste of some enticing and creative flavor profiles we discovered.
Cold brew in cans, a latte in candy bar form, the coffee fruit (cascara) turned into a canned drink far healthier than soda.
Plant-based Products that Taste Great!
So many creative uses of plant-based products that tasted so satisfying. Both days – at Good Food Awards and Fancy Food Show I tasted mushroom jerky from two different vendors that was hearty, chewy, flavorful and extremely satisfying. How about a soft serve ice cream created with plant-based ingredients that really had the mouthfeel of dairy. No cows involved.
Past Coverage of the Fancy Food Show
Questions about specific products or the 2020 food trends? Have an opinion about what you see trending in 2020? Leave a comment below or drop me a note in any of my social channels. I'm always up for a conversation about food!