As the sun rises over the picturesque landscapes of Ireland, so does the culinary scene, with breakfast evolving into a delightful fusion of tradition and innovation. In 2024, the breakfast trends in Ireland are shaping up to be a celebration of diverse flavours, sustainable choices, and culinary creativity.
Social Experience of Brunch
Brunch provides a relaxed and sociable atmosphere, making it an ideal setting for gatherings with friends and family. The combination of breakfast and lunch items allows for a diverse menu that caters to different tastes, making it easier for groups with varied preferences to enjoy a meal together.Likewise, eating well at breakfast and their content is infiltrating our social media feeds and making us more conscious of breakfast. Brunch is an example of a more affordable dining experience. social connections, Instagram-able content, great coffee, 2 courses sweet and savoury.
Revival of Traditional Irish Breakfast
While embracing innovation, there’s a renewed appreciation for the classics. Traditional Irish breakfasts are making a comeback, featuring high-quality sausages, black pudding, free-range eggs, and locally sourced bacon, all served with a contemporary twist to satisfy modern palates.
Artisanal Baked Goods
Irish bakeries are taking breakfast to new heights with artisanal and handcrafted baked goods. From sourdough croissants to unique pastries inspired by local flavours, the breakfast table is graced with a variety of freshly baked delicacies.
The art of coffee is evolving, with speciality coffee shops and micro-roasters becoming breakfast hotspots. Irish coffee culture is expanding to include expertly crafted pour-overs, nitrogen-infused cold brews, and unique coffee blends that complement the diverse breakfast offerings.
Embracing a healthier start to the day, plant-based breakfast options continue to gain popularity. From avocado toast with locally sourced heirloom tomatoes to protein-packed smoothie bowls featuring Irish-grown berries, plant-powered breakfasts are taking center stage, a move away from ultra-processed meat alternatives to more accessible and creative ways to eat vegetables. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influence is still very strong here. So “plants done well”, lots of flavour. A more flexitarian way of life. nutrient-dense plant-based dishes that do it all – full of protein and good carbs. Rise of more interesting plant-based meat alternatives like seitan, tempeh, tofu and jackfruit.
Matcha and Mocktails
Matcha tea’s popularity at brunch is a result of its health benefits, versatility in culinary applications, and aesthetic appeal as well as mocktails becoming a huge trend due to daytime social gatherings, and many people prefer lighter or non-alcoholic beverages during the earlier hours and offer way to enjoy a flavourful and satisfying drink without the calories and potential side effects associated with an alcoholic beverage
I hope you listen back and enjoy my chat on RTE1 Drivetime to hear all about the upcoming breakfast trends for 2024.