State of Play : State of Play - Issue 3
50 |EAT&DRINK| The food industry is an exciting place to be, and whether we're producers, conveyors, purveyors, creators or consumers, it affects us all. But it's a two-way street -- we influence the industry as much as it influences us. The innovations, the popular movements and where we choose to spend our money all play a major role in determining what the hottest new food trends will be. Street food is not a new creation. It has been around for centuries, dating back to Ancient Greece, where small fried fish were sold in the streets of the powerful empire. Evidence of street food vendors has even been excavated from the remains of Pompeii and, in these historic cultures, street food would typically have been that of the lower classes, who did not have access to hearths. In today's modern, fast-paced digital age, street food has evolved and developed with the times, no longer representing a 'poor man's meal' , but rather an indication of the food fashions and flavours that are hot-right- now on the culinary scene. The street food of the 21st century represents the flavours and fare that are 'trending' . It's generally viewed as authentic to its origin, good value (being cheaper than a restaurant meal and better in nutrition and taste than franchise fast food) and a quick and easy to eat option. Food trucks and food truck parks are a phenomenon that has boomed in recent times. These mobile caterers are now an everyday occurrence in our lives, often spotted trawling our cities for their new resting place to feed the hordes of hungry, or across social media boasting their locations for the day. Apps have been developed around food trucks, allowing street food connoisseurs to track the whereabouts of their favourite vehicular eateries, or to discover which cuisines and trucks are in their area at any given time. The street food sensation has made a significant impact on the culinary industry, so much so that it can be seen affecting the traditional restaurant business. Its influence is creeping into the menus of fixed restaurants and catering companies, changing both the styles and the flavours of the dishes on offer. Street food has introduced people to bold, global flavours -- bringing a world of cuisines, tastes and recipes to their fingertips. People are becoming accustomed to trying new and exciting things, to opening a menu and finding the unfamiliar, and relishing the excitement of experiencing something unknown. And when a food or a cuisine is trending, saturating social media and culinary news, people naturally want to try it, and so they seek it out. As a result, we see restaurants offering seasonal menus and changing their options to keep up with the trends of the time. Many Mexican restaurants are a classic example of street foods that have found their STREET EATS How street food is influencing and revolutionising the restaurant business.
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