IFBC 2015: Food Trends, Food Love, and a Foodie Giveaway

Hey guys! I’m home from Seattle from the International Food Bloggers Conference. I love Seattle  – I’ve been here approximately a billion times. I get to go at least once a year for work and I love this city. It just feels like home! And yes, every time I go – I still do all the tourist things too!

But let’s get to the good stuff. Here’s some of the highlights and trend-spotting that I saw at IFBC 2015 (besides alcohol – see photo below for proof).

IFBC Seattle 2015
FOOD TRENDS:

  • Champagne is the new wine pairing. Tea might be the new coffee – but never to me, because coffee will always be king.
  • Chefs are tired of sriracha guys. While consumers may love it, sriracha is out and Harissa is in. Get to know this spice. Also Indian food/spices are upcoming.
  • Flavored Butter is going to be the next big thing. You can infuse anything into butter like hot harissa, miso, sriracha, maple, etc. Sorry for us dairy-free weirdos, but I bet you can still infuse these into Earth Balance!
  • Luckily, bacon isn’t going away.
  • Smoothie Bowls are in and salads are out. Basically if you put anything into a bowl, it’s going to be popular, even entrees (ex. quinoa bowls).
  • Matcha is upcoming. 
  • Familiar items in unique ways is a big trend that we’ve been seeing in consumers too (see Pinterest): Waffle Iron hash browns, meatloaf muffins. Take an every day recipe and use it in a new way in a new form or function. 
  • Hacks are also hot: Hack in kitchen examples are scrambled egg muffins, waffle iron hash browns, lasagna muffins, breakfast popsicles, etc.
  • Next hot veggies: Cauliflower and Cabbage
  • DIY is for food too: homemade sausages and making your own vanilla extract from scratch are all what’s next.
  • S’mores ALL the time – made indoors is the next trend.
  • Lamb may be the next new protein.
  • Gluten-free is MORE STABLE than a traditional trend (huzzah!), and paleo is moving far beyond a diet need and into a lifestyle (but we already knew that, didn’t we?).
  • Clean eating is so hot: knowing where did it come from, its ingredients, does it have additives, can I buy it locally? 
  • Cooking with Cannabis will be a smokin’ (okay I couldn’t resist the pun) trend for chefs and home cooks with marijuana becoming legal in so many states.

FOOD LOVE

  • For foodies, KitchenAid and Sur La Table are like our Disneyland. You can find anything and everything in the store, including KitchenAid must haves for the holidays. I covered all of them in my last post here.

Sur La Table & KitchenAid IFBC

  • American Lamb Board – lamb is pretty damn tasty. And the lambs seemed really happy before they were butchered. I want a happy lamb life. And you should too.

IFBC Seattle 2015

IFBC Seattle 2015

  • Analon – I’m getting a free crepe pan and I’m pretty excited about it.

IFBC Seattle 2015

  • Crunchmaster: Harvest Stone line (think party mix for gluten-free) and original crackers, made their appearance and I was so happy to see so many gluten-free sponsors!
  • Coravin wine system – open any bottle without actually opening it. It’s like black magic. I love it.

IFBC Seattle 2015

  • Teavana ceremonial matcha tea set is beautiful! As you saw above, matcha is mentioned as an upcoming trend and I plan on making match powdered sugar donuts!

IFBC Seattle 2015

IFBC Seattle 2015

FOODIE GIVEAWAY

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IFBC 2015

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**Disclaimer: As a blogger at IFBC, I need to write three posts about the conference. I could literally write about anything I wanted. While I really wanted to devote three posts about how Sheraton hotel beds are somehow more comfortable than any other bed in the universe, I decided to post about brands and a giveaway instead.**

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Comments: 31

  1. Brianna Wolin September 22, 2015 at 7:50 am Reply

    Loving the KitchenAid spiralizer addition. Zoodles are my jam.

  2. Kathy September 22, 2015 at 8:55 am Reply

    I loved reading about the kitchen gadgets – I’d love to get an air fryer so I can do gf frying at home!

  3. Christine Burns September 22, 2015 at 3:15 pm Reply

    Teavana ceremonial matcha tea is right up my alley!

  4. Emily September 22, 2015 at 8:16 pm Reply

    I’ve been making my own vanilla extract for ages but wish s’mores would curl up in a corner and die.

  5. Cheryl September 23, 2015 at 10:12 pm Reply

    I like the E’Cucina Home HealthyFry Air Fryer.

  6. Judith September 24, 2015 at 1:23 pm Reply

    I loved the gadgets post. So many new ideas!

  7. Paula Donnolo September 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm Reply

    You had me at GF Vegan Caramel sauce oh and the ginger beer/soda. I could get into those for days hehe.

  8. Lisa September 24, 2015 at 5:05 pm Reply

    Teavana ceremonial matcha tea set looks wonderful and cooking with Cannabis is an interesting idea I’d love to try.

  9. Michelle P September 24, 2015 at 5:38 pm Reply

    I guess my favorite part was all the what’s in – what’s out in food trends.

  10. Christina smith September 24, 2015 at 11:26 pm Reply

    I am most intrigued about the E’Cuchina air fryer ! I love making my own fries and baked are great but let’s face it they are called French FRIES after all. This air fryer has definitely caught my eye.

  11. Vik September 25, 2015 at 8:23 am Reply

    The spiralizer!

  12. Sally September 26, 2015 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Love your list of food trends. I’m kinda glad siracha is out… it has it’s place but it’s
    e v e r y w h e r e!

    Thanks for making gluten free seem “fun.” 🙂

  13. manda shank September 28, 2015 at 6:35 am Reply

    I love matcha tea… but I am a foodie so any food item.

  14. Carolsue September 29, 2015 at 1:26 am Reply

    The review on the new spiralizer attachment for the KitchenAid stand mixer.

  15. Melanie September 30, 2015 at 11:54 am Reply

    The Sabra pizza hummus is VERY intriguing, I will have to put it on my must try list!

  16. Merissa September 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm Reply

    I will definitely be checking out the GF vegan caramel sauce — that makes me drool just thinking about it!

  17. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine September 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm Reply

    Love hearing about the food trends in this post!

  18. Melissa Lawler September 30, 2015 at 4:05 pm Reply

    I love the new stuff Kitchenaid is offering. Very cool!

  19. Derrick Johnson September 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Gotta love that new Spiralizer attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer! What great gadget to have!

  20. Sienna September 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm Reply

    I need that kitchenaid spiralizer addition! Also, yes please to the coravin wine system!

  21. Susan Martin September 30, 2015 at 6:05 pm Reply

    Gotta say between all your coverage of Kitchenaid and that darn Pizza Hummus has me really going, “hum….two of my favorite foods combined!” Ah, I wanna go to that battered seafood totally gf restaurant too. I love all of your recent postings on here, fb and Instagram. I wanna do Portland AND Seattle next year. OMG! I need to visit there.

  22. patricia September 30, 2015 at 6:07 pm Reply

    Loved to see the KitchenAid spiralizer. Luckily I have a KitchenAid

  23. BJ Marley September 30, 2015 at 6:31 pm Reply

    I am glad to know that GF vegan caramel sauce exists! Love this post.

  24. Karol October 1, 2015 at 4:53 am Reply

    The crepe fan really intrigues me! I love crepes and miss them like crazy.

  25. julie October 1, 2015 at 6:59 am Reply

    loved the sur la table article. I never go in there because its so overwhelming, but I totally want a spirilizer!

  26. Amy Lauren October 1, 2015 at 9:09 am Reply

    I liked reading about the Kitchen Aid spiralizer!

  27. DJ October 1, 2015 at 9:49 am Reply

    The crepe pan is super nice!

  28. gina October 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm Reply

    So hope I find a spirilizer under the Christmas tree

  29. Chris Anderson October 2, 2015 at 11:44 pm Reply

    Love hearing that lamb might be the new protein! Love lamb!

  30. Carolyn October 3, 2015 at 6:04 pm Reply

    I’m very curious about the sabra pizza hummus. Definitely want to try it because I mean who doesn’t love pizza?!

  31. Dana F October 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm Reply

    The E’Cuchina Air Fryer is something I would like to have. Like the Analon Crepe Pan too!

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