Once the ring is on the finger, the world of wedding planning opens up, bringing with it a number of choices. Which date? Where? Who to invite? The dress! One aspect that is often side-lined by the bridal couple, but makes a huge impact on the guests, is the food that you will serve them. Below are some of tantalising 2017’s wedding food trends to consider when planning the menu.
1. Food and drink pairings
In a country producing some of the world’s finest wines it would be sinful not to incorporate this liquid asset into the menu. Work with a knowledgeable chef, to marry each of the courses with the perfect wine partner. You don’t want your whole day ruined because guests were forced to drink a fruity merlot with the Ryfylke White Halibut. Get the pairings sorted.
2. Seasonal produce
There is a big move towards the naturalist approach, using seasonal produce in dishes. Not only is this the environmentally-friendly option, it also has financial benefits for the bridal couple. Anything grown in season is generally more cost-effective than sourcing something out of season. Check with the chef at your wedding venue whether they use seasonal produce and discuss what options you have once the date is set.
3. Locally-sourced ingredients
Intertwined with the use of seasonal produce is the use of locally-sourced ingredients on the menu. Opt for a menu that focuses on provenance by using quality local produce from the region/site, to give your guests a taste of home-grown goodness while supporting the local economy. By using local ingredients, you are guaranteed the freshest food as freezing won’t be necessary. Another plus point is when the chef selects free-range, farm-reared produce. A venue that does this exceptionally well is Waterkloof Wine Estate. Chef Czarnecki places an emphasis on using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, such as free-range eggs, farm-reared Schapenberg lamb, and a variety of common and rare herbs and vegetables – many of which are grown and sourced at Waterkloof. Read more about Chef Gregory Czarnecki
4. Food tells your story
Food can play an important part in telling your unique love story. This doesn’t have to be part of every course, maybe just one simple ingredient that is shared connection between the new Mr & Mrs.
5. Food as a theme
Again, this doesn’t have to be an overwhelming theme dominating every aspect of the meal, but rather something simple. The food can be an ode to bread or some local herb which is then artfully included in the various courses.
6. Canape starter
The wedding ceremony is complete and now guests are mingling, nibbling on some canapes while they wait for the photoshoot to be done and the celebrations to begin. Instead of a few doughy canapes, serve some delectable, hearty canapes in larger portions so that they form the starter as opposed to a connecter snack.
7. Cocktail hour
There will be numerous toasts and cheers throughout the reception so it might be wise to concoct a fantastic signature cocktail to get things started. As with the food, this could be a way to introduce a shared experience, something unique that says something about the bridal couple.
8. Wedding cake substitutes
An inordinately expensive edible decoration, the wedding cake seems to be losing popularity this season with cake substitutes coming to the fore. Anything from decadent cupcake, cheese or donut towers to a traditional dessert option are welcome and tasty replacement options.
9. After-dance snack
Dancing can be quite a workout and guests can build up a serious appetite after showing their best moves to ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’. Serving some late-night snacks to keep guests going is definitely a hot trend this wedding season. Including chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheese and biscuits or fruit.
10. Edible wedding favours
Wedding favours are often difficult to decide on and can become an unnecessary expense. Food as a favour is always appreciated and something decadent like macaroons, homemade honey, truffles or individualised biscuits are very trendy and easy to package.
Sumptuous wedding food is a vital ingredient to add extra taste to your Big Day. The 2017 wedding food trends are fresh, fun and different so, enjoy!
Photo courtesy of Alessandra and Joel Wedding and Waterkloof Wine Estate.