With summer all but a distant memory, many of us are already starting to think about Christmas. Whether you’re planning a meal for loved ones, an office Christmas do, remember that it’s the food that people will be talking about long after the festivities have been and gone.

With this in mind we’ve taken a look at some of the top Christmas foodie trends!
1. Meat Free

Veganism is no longer reserved for the hipsters. According to Marks & Spencer Foods, 3.5 million people in the UK now call themselves vegan, and many more have cut down on meat and have at least two meat-free meals a week. It’s not all about meat either, vegan wines are also on the up.

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We Brits love foodie TV programmes – but does this virtual feast mean we are becoming a nation of wannabe chefs? Is there an impact on how we are choosing and preparing our meals?

DPM joined ‘Meat Business Women’ at their latest event at the historic Tallow Chandlers Hall in London to hear from research company Kantar Worldpanel about the upcoming trends in the meat industry and food in general.

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Manchester – It’s All Going On

Eating out of home is booming again as we all start to feel that the recession maybe behind us.

There’s something out there to fit any budget and it’s a great social experience.

Burger bars are popping up all over the place.

Manchester is really buzzing at the moment, with new concept dining interacting with social drinking and nightlife in the city.

But if it’s trendy lunches you’re after, there are some big players in town – Michael Caines, Aiden Byrne and Simon Rogan with his own personal slant on modern British and James Martin at 235

Fly into Wings for a different look at Chinese dining or Yuzu, if it’s Japanese that takes your fancy. Local gems such like Fazenda, Volta and Solita are all buzzing away in the Northern Quarter.

Hot stuff is back too with Bollywood Masala and Siam Smiles – it’s all going on.

If it’s steaks, Hawksmoor stands out and try the Albert Square Chop House for stonking good British meat and a lively street bar

It’s the regions though that’s taken my eye with the Lord Clyde in Bollington re-writing pub food. Manchester and the North is leaving London for dead.

Have I missed any gems out?

What’s going on in your town?

Shop Local – What’s going on in Retail

Well, the big multiples are once again fighting each other on price and marketing their food products, but where does that leave the farmers and what’s going on in retail?

What’s really bugging me at the moment is Spanish tomatoes!

No disrespect to Spanish toms mind, but our very own tomatoes are hitting the shops now – great texture and full of flavour.

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Your healthy eating outlook

OK, so just a few months ago, the weekly alcohol units were slashed, looking for a healthy eating outlook

We were advised, over many years of constant badgering from research scientists, academics and doctors, not to eat too much fat.

Dairy fats were bad and skimmed milk was in vogue along with low fat cheeses and yoghurts.

Don’t eat too much bread and certainly don’t eat too much white bread.

Don’t eat fried food.

Panic attacks relating to the latest research on processed meats and the link to cancer – so no more bacon, ham or salami.

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Visiting ‘Meat business women’ inspirational speakers

We took time out to listen to some inspirational speakers and get an update on the meat industry with some of the industries top executives.