As 2021 finally waved its final goodbye, we enter into an exciting new year full of great things to come, including a whole new range of catering trends. Things still might not be quite what we’re used to, but we have adapted almost everything, including the way that we cater for events.

Catering isn’t just for weddings or birthdays, with group downsizing, catering has tailored its approach to accommodate smaller celebrations too, whether it is a date night in with a fancy three-course meal, or an afternoon tea delivery sent to someone special! This year sees a wide range of different catering trends on the horizon to suit all occasions, so why not find the perfect ones for your event!

What Are the Top Catering Trends for this year?

Cocktails at Home

Missing your favourite tipple? You might have not been to your regular pub or favourite bar as much this year but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! Simply, get a cocktail delivery put together by a professional mixologist. You don’t even need an excuse for this one, why don’t you spice up your Friday night with a classic margarita or espresso martini. Why not get everyone involved by sending a cocktail kit to your team at work or friends and family?! It’s a great gift!

Home Restaurant

Tucking into delicious restaurant quality food is something that we’ve all missed over the past couple of months, so why not bring the restaurant to your kitchen! Many restaurants and private chefs have adapted their business model to include the most incredible three-course meals as a takeaway option. A gourmet meal delivery is a perfect way to celebrate an occasion whilst the restaurants are closed, as well as supporting some incredible local chefs. With so much choice on the menu, the only problem you’ll have is deciding what to eat!

Food Vans

Food Vans in catering trends have been around the block a few times, but with restrictions having a massive impact on the number of people meeting indoors, food Vans let you bring the party outside! You can still enjoy an incredible range of cuisines that come in every shape and size, from a humble coffee stand to a Mexican street food fiesta! Why not treat yourself (and your neighbours)!

Supporting Local

One of the biggest catering trends for this year is supporting local small businesses. Now more than ever it is so important to help your local food and drinks businesses to show them how vital they are to your society. All of our services on Poptop are provided by local small businesses, who have adapted and updated their services to the current climate, so they can still provide professional services at affordable costs.

It’s so easy to find your local suppliers, just enter your details and you will see all of the available services in your area! The perfect supplier may be just around the corner (quite literally!). 

Healthy Living

New year, new you? Or if you need to get out of that working from a home slump, a healthier way of living has grown massively in popularity. Particularly, vegan and plant-based diets have burst into life over the past couple of months. With more vegan catering services than ever before, why don’t you give it a try? Veganuary ain’t seen nothing yet!


Living sustainably is something that is becoming more and more important, and we are now so much more aware of changing how we live to help slow down climate change. Catering isn’t excluded from this sustainability wake-up call; many suppliers provide a more sustainable service to customers now than ever before. This includes providing organic food options, recyclable or compostable packaging, and deliveries made on bikes rather than in cars. This is a trend that will, I hope, be around to stay.

Graze Tables

There’s a grazing table for any occasion, having a baby shower? Get a grazing table! Hen party? Get a grazing table! But what is a grazing table I hear you cry,!! Well, picture a scaled-down but totally Instagram-able buffet, made up with only the finest locally produced dishes. It’s perfect for a small get together when the last thing you want to think about is cooking. Plus you’re helping support your local businesses and suppliers, so really what could possibly be better? 

Treat Yourself (and Others)

It’s an understatement to say that this year hasn’t been easy. But it has also brought out a level of generosity and care in our fellow humans that we cannot ignore. The importance of self-care and being there for others has risen to the top of our agendas in this year. With this, there has risen popularity of food hampers and delivery services to put a smile on your face. 

So don’t forget to treat yourself and your loved ones to a range of our food packages! If you’re not sure what to give that special someone, why not try an afternoon tea voucher

Afternoon Tea Delivery

Don’t feel like going back in time to April 2020 when banana bread was a staple food in most households? Instead, it’s time to order incredible afternoon tea! A great selection of scones, sandwiches and sausage rolls… With so much to choose from, you’ll be bound to find something to tickle your taste buds. It’s the perfect pick me up to share with your loved ones, both at home or virtually!

P.S Why not surprise someone you love with an afternoon tea voucher, for a special occasion! Or just because, why not?! 

Remote Cooking and Cocktail Classes

What could be more exciting than a virtual cocktail making or catering class! It’s a great way to create instant engagement for any virtual event. So be it a corporate party, baby shower, or milestone birthday party, who would’ve thought that sitting in front of the computer could be so fun?!

If you don’t feel like going for the whole shebang, there are tons of tutorials and classes on Youtube, which are sure to give you some knowledge. So, why not learn something new together with your friends and family!

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re finally celebrating your big day or just want to treat yourself after a very eventful year, you’ll be able to find a catering supplier that suits you! Let’s hope that this year you can share more good food with our loved ones, after all, you deserve it! 

Find your perfect catering supplier today on Poptop for your next event and support your local food and drink businesses! Need some more help with your event planning, drop us an email:

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