The Top 8 Food and Drink Trends of the Summer

When it comes to food trends, each season has its own specialties.

The summer season brings us hotter temperatures and a variety of fresh produce. Many of the top summertime food trends revolve around satisfying appetites with lighter and cooler foods and drinks.

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Here are 8 of the top summertime food trends to help you beat the heat this summer!

  • Paletas

Sort of like popsicles, Paletas are frozen traditional Mexican treats featuring chunks of fresh fruit and a variety of experimental flavors.

They’re unique and refreshing…and also perfect for beating the summer heat.

  • Watermelon juice

Since watermelon is approximately 90 per cent water, it’s one of the best ways (other than drinking water) to keep yourself hydrated.

Watermelon helps with digestion and keeps the stomach cool. It’s also sweet and full of antioxidants.

Freeze watermelon juice with various ingredients for an extra refreshing summer drink.

Find a recipe for Watermelon Ice here.

  • Cauliflower

Many are saying that cauliflower is this year’s kale – and it’s be even more popular.

It is related to broccoli, but doesn’t taste as bitter. Get ready to enjoy this healthy veggie this summer in a variety of delicious recipes.

Health Magazine provides some tasty suggestions for preparing cauliflower. You can find these ideas here.

  • Cool signature cocktails

Cold cocktails can be extra refreshing during the hot summer months. Whether you’re planning a summer wedding or a backyard barbecue, your grownup guests will appreciate having a variety of icy cold “adult beverages” to sip.

Bridal Guide shares 18 cocktail recipes that are sure to please. You can find these drink recipes here.

  • Mini Foods and bite-sized appetizers

Small foods are one the largest summertime food trends this season. When it’s hot outside, many of your guests may prefer eating less. Small foods are just the right size to satisfy their appetites.

Weddings by Lilly shares some mouthwatering mini food ideas, such as Mini Shrimp Cocktails, Mini Sandwiches, and Mini Pitas. You can find these recipes and many others here.

  • Kabobs and skewers

We included grilled kebobs and skewers in a recent post, “5 Must-Have Seasonal Menu Items at Your Summer Event.” Grilled foods are always trendy because they are especially easy to prepare and easy to eat.

Using chunks of seasonal fruits such as cantaloupe, watermelon, pineapple and strawberry is another kabob idea. Fresh fruit kabobs offer a healthy, refreshing and tasty option on hot summer days.

  • Craft beers

As many people may know (or should know!), Portland is ranked as the “Best Beer City in the World.”  We take our beer very seriously.

As such, it should come as no surprise that craft beers are popular any time of the year; but beer is definitely among the top summertime foods trends.

This summer, many of the most popular craft beers enjoy on hot summer days will be “light, citrusy, crisp, refreshing and bright.”

  • Nonalcoholic beverage trends

Of course, you want drinks on hand for your underage guests and those who prefer nonalcoholic beverages.

Top nonalcoholic drink trends for quenching thirsts this summer include the following:

  • Coconut water
  • Specialty and flavored iced teas, and
  • Gourmet lemonades with added fruits (such as blueberries)


These are just a few of the many summertime treats that will help you stay cool this summer. Do you have other favorites you would add to the list? We’d love to hear your suggestions!


If you are planning a summertime event in the Portland Metro area, please give us a call at 503-222-4553 or contact us online. We can help you with any of your catering needs.