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Literally Every Single Food Trend Predicted to Take Over 2018

This is the year for regional Mexican food, Earl Grey tea, and... “functional mushrooms”

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Food trends are fleeting, as anyone with a fondue set gathering dust in their kitchen cabinet can attest, yet every winter food companies, PR firms, and media outlets pull out their divining rods and assemble their predictions for what’s going to be big in food in the new year.

Outlets frequently often piggyback off each other, pulling from a list compiled by Whole Foods or McCormick spice company with a few rather broad additions from the National Restaurant Association that are easily recognizable by its outdated language (See: “authentic ethnic cuisine”). Others will draw on data-based observations from Pinterest or GrubHub.

There’s some consensus, for example, among forecasters that scientifically engineered plant-based proteins will be big in 2018 thanks to bleeding pseudomeat overlords like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. The world also doesn’t appear to be shedding activated charcoal food anytime soon. Others pulled out some truly original ideas like the rise of Earl Grey tea — in what context is not exactly clear. Who knew that cottage cheese would be “the new Greek yogurt?”

Could it be that all of these trend prognostications are complete BS? Only time will tell. Without further adieu, here is the monster list of literally every single food and restaurant trend prediction for 2018.

Earl Grey tea is so hot right now.