Trend watching at NASFT's Winter Fancy Food Show

With 80,000 products displayed from the U.S. and 35 other countries in San Francisco, a panel of experts at the 36th Winter Fancy Food Show, chose the top five food trends for 2011, reports


They include: Chocolate for Breakfast - tea, Belgian waffles; granola; and hot chocolate on a stick; Foods for Healing -- Ancient healing teas, Blackwater with 77 minerals, aloe and cucumber drinks, plus micro-batches of healthful beverages; New Noodles -- Yam, kelp, farro and spelt; Heat with Flavor -- Ghost peppers, yuzu-wasabi sauce and piquillo almond glop; Creative Chips -- pinto bean, naan, peas, mung beans, kale and wild rice.


Other trends identified by trendspotters Cindy Hatcher, Cooking Light; Tanya Henry, Marin Independent Journal; Nancy Hopkins, Better Homes & Gardens; Kara Nielsen, Center for Culinary Development; Amy Sherman,; Margo True, Sunset Magazine; Tina Ujlaki, Food & Wine; and Joanne Weir, PBS television host, are retro foods, classic cocktails, wine-flavored foods, mini servings and cured meats.

Catch the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. from July 10 - 12, 2011.

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