With new liquor licensing laws dictating that those who are drinking must also be eating, food trucks have become a very handy supplier indeed. With nifty setups and minimal staff (how many can fit in a truck?) you can create anything from gourmet burgers to woodfired pizzas...on the go.
Don't want to sign a long-term lease? Try renting a space for a pop-up venue. It's a great way to trial your concept, audience, and location before committing for a 12-month or 2 year agreement. You can be as adventurous as you like!
From the heart of America comes one of this year's hottest trends - smoked meat. Low-cost, easy, and accessible; smoking meat allows cheap cuts of meat to be reinvented with a delicious variety of flavours and sides.
Healthy AND delicious, the fermentation fad is showcasing everything from kombucha to kimchi, sauerkraut to pickled vegetables, yoghurt to kefir. Make your own in-house, or opt for one of the amazing local, artisan brands that are popping up everywhere.
A milkshake. Topped with doughnuts. Topped with whipped cream. Topped with a chocolate bar. Topped with chocolate sauce. Topped with...well, you get the picture. As far as desserts trends go, this year is all about going over the top. Your imagination is the limit!
Your Imagination is the limit!
Multiple coffee roast options
The average Aussie coffee drinker now knows more than ever about where their coffee came from, who made it, what it tastes like, and where the proceeds go. It's very hard to roast a coffee that is good for both black and milk based drinks. So the bigger trend is offering three grinders; one for milk based coffee, one for black and one for invitational (guest roast). This showcases your business as a serious contender in the industry and your customers will love having a choice.
Night/ street markets
The country's increasingly strict lockdown on drinking and late-night venues has caused a happy accident: the flourishing of night markets. A wonderful opportunity for the local community to gather and sell their wares, it's also a booze-free, safe, and family-friendly environment to attract new visitors, too.
Peking duck pancakes have been a staple of most Chinese restaurants for years, but recently they have been stepped up to a whole new level. Everywhere from laneway eateries to modern, edgy inner-city restaurants are trying their hand at the savoury pancakes, which are cheap to make and delicious to eat.
Once upon a time, burgers were the domain of fast food outlets or highway truck stops. Not anymore. From wagyu beef patties to freshly baked buns, the humble burger has had a major makeover in recent years. Think gourmet - and don't skimp on the truffle mayo, either.
Local artisan foods
Thanks to the Internet, home-run local businesses are cropping up everywhere. Using seasonal produce, local labour, and often innovative concepts, you can be sourcing artisan and gourmet foods made with local produce - AND support your local community.
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