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Major trends for the year ahead

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Food trucks

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.

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Brother Jackson & Co

 

Pop ups

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!

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The Grounds by the Sea - Annual pop up restaurant.

Smoked meats

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.

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Smoked Meats - From the Heart of America

 

Fermentation

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.

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The Fermentation Fad

 

Outlandish desserts 

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!

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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.

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Do you know where your coffee comes from?

 

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.

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Night / Street markets are the latest family-friendly attraction.

 

Asian pancakes

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.

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Asian pancakes - easy to make & delicious to eat!

 

Burgers

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.

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From Fast Food To Gourmet Burgers

 

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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Support your local business.


 

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