Let’s be honest, the culinary landscape of the 1980s left much to be desired. It marked a time before the onset of unprocessed, local and fresh food, and favored convenience and technology. Think wine coolers, Capri Sun, cajun blackened everything, Lean Cuisine, Cool Ranch Doritos… the list goes on.
Thankfully, Rewind Scotland – the 80s Festival breaks from character with their food offerings. The Posh Nosh food area offers everything ranging from risotto to wild boar. If you really want to recreate a 1980s dish, one of the more benign possibilities is a pasta salad. While it doesn’t exclusively belong to this decade, it was ubiquitous at every communal dining experience. This recipe for Striped Farfalle Pasta Salad splits the difference: it would fit in with any 1980s buffet, but leaves out the canned tuna and powdered dressing.
- Ana Maria Harkins