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9 Feb

The world on your plate

To ensure that your wedding menu finds favour with your guests, here’s a roundup of some of the hottest food trends from around the world

Eclectic cuisines 

Once upon a time, the cuisines on offer at a wedding were limited to Indian, Continental, Chinese and, perhaps, Thai or Mexican. Shares wedding planner Rupali Sheth, “Nowadays, however, the definition of exotic has changed immensely. Expect to find Vietnamese noodles or a Portuguese dessert on the menu, too. Regional palates are also coming into play—such as from a specific region of India.”

 

Comfort over pretences

Rather than the structured meals that generally get served at weddings, laidback is the on-trend ambience. Comfort food is making its presence felt through delicious burgers, hearty fries, bite-sized pizzas and more. Food trucks, a recent addition to the global food scene, are another feature seen at celebrations.

Local and organic

You will see the farm-to-table philosophy extend to wedding menus as well. Locally sourced produce and organic foods are gaining popularity. In addition, menus now regularly feature vegan and gluten-free options as well.

 

Do it yourself

Instead of gloved waiters serving you delicacies, we are seeing the rise of DIY options, which offer guests a hands-on experience. Think: a taco bar or a salad bar.

Experiences matter

Buffets have been replaced by experiences and spectacles for guests to enjoy. Sheth explains, “Food service has been turned into a form of entertainment—whether it is live counters with chefs adding their deft moves or bartenders skilfully juggling and flaming the drinks. Novel dining experiences are also gaining prominence; for instance, a thaal dinner (in large shared plates, a tradition borrowed from the Bohri community).”

Smaller is better

Miniature is in—and seemingly, everything is cuter in miniature form. From pint-sized drinks to bite-sized appetisers and sandwiches, soup shots, macarons and mini cupcakes—the options are plenty.

 

Personal touch

Wedding fare can tend to get really predictable after a point. How about adding a unique, personal touch and introducing a favourite dish from the restaurant the couple loves, or the couple’s go-to drink or a family recipe.

Photos: Getty Images

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