1. What are the BIG food trends we can expect to see in 2019?
A focus on shorter gate to plate distances.
As West Australians become more aware of our carbon footprint, a move towards food with less mileage will lead purchasing behaviour. Farmers markets are likely to continue growing in popularity in 2019.
Meals on demand.
Popular apps including Deliveroo and UberEats have grown in usage over the last two years, and it is likely 2019 will see this trend continue. Be sure to check out Buy West Eat Best members Sweetlips and Jus Burgers available for delivery on UberEats.
Come for the views and stay for the good food. With events like the Gourmet Escape, Truffle Kerfuffle, Taste of WA and Twilight Hawkers Market having paved the way for boutique food-focused events, we’re expecting to see the bar raised further in 2019. With the introduction of a daily bus service to the Swan Valley it will have never been easier to enjoy local.
Food to feed your gut.
Rise in the popularity of kombucha, kraut and other products considered good for stomach health. Margot from Foley’s Frothing Fermentations recently explains to the West: “In recent years people have become a lot more comfortable with the idea that a food like sauerkraut can help their gut and be an alternative to something like a probiotic tablet. That awareness has led to an increased interest in what we do, which has given us stockists around Australia and even in Singapore.”
If you prefer a drinkable digestive aid, Michaels Brothers Fermented botanicals are a great option that is full of probiotics – find out here where to buy.
2. What might we see more on menus at restaurants in Perth and across WA?
Vegan and Vegetarian options.
As people experiment with meat-free or meat-reduced diets, restaurants are sure to deliver greater options to match. With the huge array of counter-seasonal fruit and vegetables available in Western Australia, we cannot wait to see what plant-based goodness will be born out of this movement. With the likes of Must Winebar actively amplifying their vegetable focus, this leads us perfectly onto point number two.
Greater transparency on food origins.
Expect meal descriptions to include more detail, especially references to where ingredients have been grown or produced. We’re working with industry partners Kleenheat Gold Plate and WA Good Food Guide to shine the spotlight on those that are championing WA producers.
Flowers for thought... and food.
Moving away from deconstructed dishes and into the realm of Instagramable art, edible flowers grew in popularity in 2018 and next we expect you will see these delicate delights gracing more dishes then just staples of Sunday brunch. Look out for brighter and bolder colours overall in dishes come 2019.
3. Which Buy West Eat Best brands and producers should we keep an eye on this year?
Revered for their artisan bread produced using traditional methods, Turkish Bakery’s great range of organic sourdoughs, flatbreads, buns and loaves are popping up at more and more eateries across Perth. If you haven’t already, add them to your ‘must try’ list for 2019.
Halls Family Dairy.
After winning the WA Dairy category of the Delicious Produce Awards for their Pont L’Eveque style of creamy soft washed rind cheese, we’re expecting big things from these guys in 2019. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for new product updates, or follow them on Instagram @Halls Family Dairy.
Dunsborough Gourmet To Go.
With a five-star rating on TripAdvisor, be sure to call into Dunsborough Gourmet to Go on your next trip Douth. With a menu that includes fresh WA fish and chips, homemade pastries and salads made from locally sourced ingredients, this hidden gem at Dunsborough Centrepoint Shopping Centre are set to be a holiday highlight.
4. It's lunchtime and your thirsty - what beverages will we be reaching for in 2019?
Anything in a reusable cup.
Soy, skinny, almond or regular, however, you enjoy your daily coffee (or tea!) expect to see even more cups for life out and about. Plus, if you’re one to bring a hot drink from home and want to try something new in 2019 – we highly recommend a latte made with camel milk from Good Earth Dairy – delicious AND sustainable (see a full list of stockists here).
Natural drinks to boost energy.
In a move away from sugary, caffeine-laden drinks, consumers will enjoy more in the way of natural energy boosters. Expect to see a greater variety of sparkling juices for a bubbly mid-afternoon pick-me-up, with probiotic drinks set to grow in popularity.
Try a bottle of Bee Firm NRG natural honey drink, for an energy drink alternative; or instead, sample one of Newleaf Orchard’s range of sparkling juices. Think tasty combos of apples, quince and strawberry juices, which feature some of the most prominent apple varieties sourced from the Southern Forests region of WA.