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AF&Co spots thick beer and dry-aged fish among trends for 2022

The public relations and consulting firm also expects more Singaporean, Caribbean and Indian food

If curried noodle soup and empanadas appeal to you, then 2022 looks to be a promising year, according to AF&Co and sister company Carbonate, which recently announced the trends they expect to see next year.

The San Francisco-based public relations, research and consulting firms declared laksa, the beloved noodle dish from Malaysia and Singapore, to be the “hottest dish of the year,” and the Latin American hand pies are one of the dozens of food & beverage trends that the company pointed to.

They called the food of the Caribbean to be the “cuisine of the year,” thanks in part to Black Americans seeking to express their cultural heritage, and shave ice, the Hawaiian term for shaved ice topped with sweets, as the “dessert of the year.”

You can also expect deeper dives into Indian cuisine, gins made with a wider variety of aromatics, Taiwanese breakfast and more and more bubble tea.

Other trends include beers made with fruit purée — an offshoot of the sour beer trend — and dry-aged fish, a practice that has long been common in Japan but is now gaining popularity stateside.

Read on to see more food & beverage trend predictions from AF&Co and Carbonate for 2022.

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Correction: November 17, 2021
This gallery has been updated to reflect the fact that both AF&Co and sister company Carbonate predicted the trends that are detailed here.
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