Keeping your guests well fed and watered is just as important, if not more so, than sorting out marquee hire in Surrey. You could have the venue to end all venues but if your food and drink isn’t on point, no one is going to remember anything other than the fact that they went home hungry at the end of the day.
It’s wise to keep an eye on all the latest food trends, whether you decide to make them a feature of your menu or not, so you know your event will be remembered for all the right reasons. Here are just a couple of key trends expected to be big news this year – which ones will you go for and which will you leave behind?
These have been around for some time but has really gone mainstream over the last few months – and if you’re on Instagram you’re sure to have seen lots of photos of sumptuous bowls of fish popping up here, there and everywhere. Poke bowls are basically just fish salads in a bowl, but you use raw tuna or salmon instead of cooked fish. Pair it with some sesame oil and chilli, and you can easily tailor these to suit your vegan and vegetarian guests.
Talking of vegan food…
Vegan fare has suddenly exploded in the last six months and you could easily keep everyone satisfied with a completely vegan menu. Carnivorous guests may well be surprised at just how much they enjoy the food! Veganism isn’t going anywhere any time soon and you can really give your event a bit of wow factor by going all out with a plant-based menu. Try to think outside the box and keep it as varied as you can… but what an excellent talking point and something that will make your business look very health conscious and ethical indeed.
If you’re looking for something to base your menu around, might we suggest that you go for African food this year. People are always on the lookout for something different and it’s possible they may have never tried this kind of cuisine before. Dishes like nbambe (brown lentils, tomatoes, vegetables and kidney beans with lots of spices) and Yassa chicken (off the bone and marinated in lots of delicious mild spices) would keep your guests pretty happy.
Apparently, this is tipped to be the next big superfood so keep your guests well fed and healthy by prioritising mushroom dishes on your menu. They’re high in antioxidants and easy to cook with – why don’t you try soaking some in some balsamic vinegar and see just how amazing they taste?
Middle Eastern influences
Another cuisine you might want to try is Middle Eastern food, which has been tipped to be big news this year. Stock your menus with the likes of lamb, tahini, cardamom, harissa and ras el hanout, and you can’t go wrong!