Food Trends For 2015 Lean Towards Sustainability

With a new year upon us, hot food trends are bound to pop up on Vancouver menus everywhere. Here are a handful of predictions and where you can try them for yourself. Bon appétit.

Food Trend #1: Sustainable Meats

Where To Try It

Burnaby’s Urban Digs Farm is a local go-to for ethically-raised meats. Available by subscription, their Beasty Box is a nose-to-tail butchery box filled with a mix of different cuts. From chicken and pork chops to steaks and sausages, every BB box contains meat from animals raised on small-scale farms without hormones or antibiotics. You can pick up your box at the farm or arrange for delivery.

Food Trend #2: Home Grocery Delivery/CSA Boxes

Where To Try It

Home Grocery Delivery: For the time-starved, nothing is more convenient than doing all your grocery shopping online. With Spud, you can find everything from dairy, meats and organic produce to baked goods, snacks and ready-to-eat meals. Just place your order and it will be delivered right to your door.

CSA Box: Community Supported Agriculture is another great way to fill your fridge with fresh food, and purchasing a CSA membership gives you a share of the farm’s products throughout the growing season. Consider sourcing from Sole Food Street Farms, which employs individuals from Vancouver’s DTES and gives low-income residents access to affordable produce. Purchase veggies, eggs or bread through a “share” and pick them up at Sole Food’s farm stand on Main Street.

Food Trend #3: Fermented & Sour Foods

Where To Try It

Many local restaurants are all over this trend already, but Graze takes the cake. Chef Karen McAthy is fermenting everything from nuts and veggies to spreads and sauces. Don’t miss her stuffed poblanos topped with fermented salsa verde, her crème fraîche made from kefir (a gut-boosting fermented milk drink) and her life-changing, cultured nut-cheeses.

Drinking vinegar or “shrub” is also popping up on drink menus around town. Enjoy it after dinner in the place of dessert wine or sip the pungently sweet liquid throughout your meal. Find it at UVA, The Union and Alibi Room, or buy a bottle of Pok Pok’s syrupy sweet blend to take home from Le Marche St. George or Harvest Union.


Food Trend #4: Nut Mylks

Where To Try It
In Vancouver, we’re lucky to have many options when it comes to nut mylks. A few to try…

The Juice Box’s Coconut Mylk, Almond Latte, Hemp Mylk and Brazilian Horchata
Nuez’s Cacao Hazelnut Mylk (made with local honey and pink Himalayan salt)
Krokodile Pear’s Brazil Nut Mylkv
Nectar Juicery‘s Hemp Mylk

Food Trend #5: Vegetable-Focused Dining

Where To Try It
While vegetable-focused restaurants have sprung up all over Vancouver, you’ll be smitten with Exile Bistro in the West End. Featuring a plant-forward menu, veggies are the star of the show – even on the cocktail list. Must-tries include the chickpea farinata and the red margarita made with beets.

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