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5 Food Trends to Get Behind This Summer and a Few to Leave Behind


5 Food Trends to Get Behind This Summer and a Few to Leave Behind

Bonnie McBride

With the summer months approaching, it's time to make room for some new trends. Here are five we will be holding onto, and a few that should be left behind.

Heading Out…



You know if Hungry Jacks have jumped on the bandwagon that it’s on its way out. The idea of miniaturised food is endlessly appealing but recently every restaurant, café and bar are chucking sliders on their menu for no other fact than they sell, and putting no effort in. A well-made slider is a beautiful thing but the recent mini-madness has to go. 



Fuck off, kale.



Sorry compadres, it’s time to say adiós. Mexican food will always have a spot in our hearts but last year’s resurgence of authentic Mexican has had its time in the sun. Even Little Miss Mexico has been re-vamped and will come back this summer as Little Miss Miami’s Crab Shack. You will be missed empanadas, but your time will come again.

Crab Shack

Keep ‘em coming…


Local produce

2014 has been a big year for local produce and the EAT LOCAL campaign, and has been gaining momentum with any business worth its buck displaying the black and white sticker on their windows. Organic markets such as The Market Shed on Holland have also added to the buzz with the health food revolution seemingly taking over the fancy-fast food revival of yore. After the whole rallying-to-save-relish movement of last year, local produce is only getting stronger. Not to mention the brilliant native food that is being pioneered by Orana’s Jock Zonfrillo which has the rest of Australia turning our way.



Adelaide has gone Banh-Mad. Sit-Lo, Gin Long Canteen and newly opened Vietnamese Laundry are just some of the hip Vietnamese joints that have opened this year, coinciding with a reignited state-wide love for Banh-Mi. Adelaide-based Vietnamese Dog Roll Appreciation Group has over 12,0000 members on Facebook and refers to the VDR providers as kennels and the rolls as pups. There’s a whole pho-king language around it.



Popping up on cocktail menus all over the city, including Jamie’s Italian, The Collins Bar, The Grace Establishment and newly opened Sean’s Kitchen; elderflower will be the flavour of the summer months. Mix it with gin or put it in a parfait, it’s always good. Keep your eyes peeled.

Grace Sangria- Vodka, Elderflower, Lemon, Cranberry and Rose

Grace Sangria- Vodka, Elderflower, Lemon, Cranberry and Rose


All hail the zeppole. This Italian doughnut that is chewy, crunchy and not too sweet is the perfect accompaniment to any coffee or cold brew. A staple at Nano for years, other cafes are now taking notice. You can spot the zeppole taking a staring role in La Moka, Argo and Paddy’s Lantern. Bellissimo.


Cold Caffeinated  

Quiet during the winter months, summer is set to see the cold brew return. But not just that, cafes all over the city have been using their imaginations to escape the heat.

At Please Say Please, there is the classic cold brew, Exchange Specialty Coffee have gone all out with an espresso tonic, Flinders Street Project have a ripping Espresso Milkshake and if time is not on your side, Mischief Brew are delivering bottled cold brew to café fridges all across the city.