Food, much like fashion, hairstyles, and technology, has trends and patterns. Some foods are as old as time and will never go out of style, consider pizza or french fries. Some foods are universal, others more cultural.
Ethnic food has gone global with a larger audience, like Japanese food being found in America and Mexican food making it all the way to Italy. People have also started creating hybrids between cultural and national delicacies. There are millions of restaurants dedicated to the matrimony of unlikely cultures and their food, these restaurants and food are called fusion. Fusion foods and restaurants are a great example of trends. There are food trends all over the world. Many countries, for example, enjoy Charcuterie, which includes plates of cured meats and cheeses. There are also mini foods, such as burgers, sandwiches, etc. There are oversized foods such as burgers, pizzas, milkshakes, etc. There have been movements towards coloured foods such as bagels, pastries, and pasta. Creative donut flavours, bubble tea, and frozen yogurt bars have all had their day as well.
All of this to say, that food trends come and go, some stick, some don’t. It can be hard to keep up with all of the mainstream, underground and in between food trends, but it is important to keep your finger on the pulse of these trends if you own, or intend to own a restaurant. Food trends and understanding them can help keep your restaurant and menu both relevant and exciting for new and prospective guests. Food blogs, magazines, and channels on tv can help you do your research as to what is happening in the fast-paced world of food trends. Keeping an eye on competitors and other local players is also a great way to keep up with food trends and potential food fads.