As we look back over all the events hosted at our venues in 2016, it was a year filled with food stations, doughnut walls, superfoods, and artistic desserts. These days, clients are looking for food and beverage options that are creative, bespoke and ‘instagram-worthy’ – so what will 2017 look like? Here are the predictions from our expert team about Sydney’s hottest cocktail catering trends.
They’ve been a popular choice for a while now and it looks as if food stations are here to stay. Perfect for large groups and social functions, food stations offer an exciting way to present food and drinks to guests. International cuisines, dessert and health food stations will be popular catering choices for cocktail parties in the coming year.
The world has gone global and so have our catering requests. Many customers are looking to serve up unique and interesting menus, looking for inspiration from around the world. Popular cuisine predictions for 2017 are Vietnamese, Spanish and Mediterranean. Click here to browse our international catering options.
Not too heavy or too light, our team predicts mezze and antipasto spreads will continue to be popular choices for event organisers. With vegetarian options becoming an increasingly important consideration for planners, mezze stations are the perfect lunch spread. Cheese with flatbread, olives and cold meats are the antipasto’s heroes.
People are paying much more attention to what they are eating these days. No matter the setting, more and more clients are opting for fresh and healthy options as they witness their guests pass up the more indulgent offerings. Our event experts predict an increased demand for meat-free and low carb options (especially for corporate events).
With cocktail events and stand-up conference meals becoming increasingly popular, so too has the demand for catering that is served up small. More than ever, food items need to be comfortable to hold in one hand, providing the opportunity for guests to eat while mingling. Self-serve stations also make it easier for guests to serve themselves as little or as much as they like. Pictured above our mini eton mess!
Doughnut walls burst into popularity back in 2015 and the requests just keep on coming. Thanks to social media and the internet, clients love the idea of doughnut walls because they double as dessert and decor. These walls are fun, interactive and in all cases ‘instagram-worthy’.
Riding on the back of the delicious doughnut trend, old-school carnival foods are also on the rise. Think popcorn, fairy floss, hot dogs and taco stations. Our event experts predict fried chicken and Nutella stations will also be popular choices for 2017.