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106 Silly Food Holidays You Probably Never Heard Of

Updated on August 2, 2012

Let's Celebrate!!!

People like to celebrate. It's fun. It drives away boredom. It gives us another excuse to gather together with friends and family. We also like to eat, especially the really yummy stuff like ice cream and cakes and pies, not to be outdone by chips and pretzels and candy. There's nothing like a table laden with turkey or burgers or ham, potato salad ...well, you get the picture. Celebrating is also a good excuse for those who don't imbibe in alcoholic beverages very often, to throw caution to the wind and have a good cold brew or two. And there's no place like America for finding an excuse to celebrate. We like it so much, we've attached the status of National Holiday to some pretty silly excuses for celebrating.

Besides the really big holidays like Christmas, Easter, Halloween and the 4th of July where we eat ourselves silly, there are dozens of little known holidays which are strictly dedicated to food. There isn't a single month that doesn't contain one.

In January, you can celebrate Bean Day on the 6th, National Popcorn Day on the 19th, followed by buttercrunch on the 20th, and National Cornchip Day the 29th. You might also want to make a day of celebration over the anniversary of the Eskimo Pie patent on the 24th.

As surprising as it may seem, there's a National Plum Pudding Day on February 12th. The 15th sports National Gumdrop Day and the 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day. There's National Tortilla Chip Day, National Pistachio Day, and National Surf and Turf Day on the 24th, 26th, and 29th respectively.

As the winds begin blowing in that final tribute to winter, we come upon nine more food holidays in March. The month is kicked off with National Peanut Butter Lover's Day on the first. The 6th isn't picky about what food is chosen so long as it's frozen for National Frozen Food Day. I suppose you could cook it on the 7th to go with the entree on National Crown Roast of Pork Day. Chips get two days because after celebrating National Potato Chip Day on the 14th, there's National Chip and Dip Day on the 23rd. But then again, that would only seem appropriate since the 23rd is also National Organize Your Home Office Day, and we all know...what's an office party without chip and dip? There's National Pecan Day and Waffle Day shared, and National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day to round out the month. I suppose we could add a tenth holiday for the month if we cooked hotdogs over an open fire on the 28th to celebrate Something On A Stick Day.

April fools like to eat as much as the March munchers. Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, Cheeseball Day, Jelly Bean Day, Pigs in the Blanket Day, Zucchini Bread Day, and Shrimp Scampi Day are all national holidays belonging to the month. In case you missed it the first time around, there's a second chance for Pecan lovers on the 14th.


May brings a hint of the summertime soon to be enjoyed as the food holidays are just a little bit more relaxed. We have Candied Orange Peel Day, Hoagie Day, and Eat What You Want Day (that's in case you don't already do it. Now you have permission). There's Beverage Day which is unspecified, so I guess it's our national responsibility to pick up a couple of six packs. Chocolate Chip Day and Macaroon Day will satisfy the sweet tooth, but National Hamburger Day on the 28th is a good start toward summer picnicking.

I can't imagine that Applesauce Cake and Chocolate Ice Cream would be a good combination, so it's just as well they are celebrated on separate days in June, which seems to be a month of sweets. However, Ice Cream Soda Day, Chocolate Pudding Day and Chocolate Eclair Day make nice rewards for following the traditions on National Eat Your Vegetables Day.

As can be expected in a searing month like July, there's Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day, Strawberry Sundae Day, Vanilla Ice Cream Day and Peach Ice Cream Day, as well as plain old National Ice Cream Day where you can choose your favorite without breaking any rules. I don't want to leave out the other important food days like National Sugar Cookie Day, Pecan Pie Day (there's those darn Pecans again) and Tapioca Pudding Day, and let's don't forget National Fried Chicken Day or Caviar Day. July comes to close with Milk Chocolate Day and Cheesecake Day (they don't say if there's any particular fruit topping).

The Dog Days of Summer should probably be renamed the Junk Food Days of August. Raspberry cream pies, ice cream sandwiches, creamsicles, sponge cake, spumoni, cherry popsicles, trail mix and toasted marshmallows all have their own designated day of celebration. Thrown in with so much junk food, watermelon, potatoes, bratwurst and Mustard.

As summer seems to melt away, it would seem the excuses for gorging on treats is taking a break. September only gives us Date Nut Bread Day, Cream-filled Donut Day, Apple Dumpling Day, Butterscotch Pudding Day, Bananas and Pancake Days. The 29th is Poisoned Blackberries Day. I'm not sure what that's all about....maybe a punishment for those of us who are want to celebrate EVERY food holiday.


Since Halloween falls in October, it's not surprising there's National Candy Corn Day and National Chocolate Day. But in addition to those, there are days assigned to the frappe, angel food cake, peanuts, bologna, and brandied fruit. I can't decide which is my favorite for the month. It's a toss up between Moldy Cheese Day and National Nut Day, though Nut Day may not be referring to the food variety.

November hasn't been a much favored month for celebrating as there are only five food celebration days. But what is lacking in the number of days is certainly made up in words. Besides the much celebrated Deviled Egg Day, Cashew Day, and Indian Pudding Day, there are the Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day and the incomparable Pizza With The Works Except Anchovies Day. There is one particular holiday I'm questioning, but it may be the answer as to why there are so few food holidays in November. Is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day for eating or cleaning? Are we supposed to eat everything in it or throw it all away?

When the new year begins, we all hear the wailing and moaning about the weight gain from the holidays. December is thought of as the mother of all months for eating. The school and office parties, the family gatherings and social evenings out, the shopping for long hours requiring a quick stop at a nearby restaurant all contribute to that holiday bloating and weight gain. But is it really just about the “Season”? It would seem the entire month is dedicated to eating! There are only 10 days without a food celebration attached to them. The complete listing of foods goes like this: Pies, red apples, fritters, Sacher Torte, Gazpacho, cotton candy, pastries, noodle rings, Ding-A-lings, more ice cream, bouillabaisse, lemon cupcakes, chocolate covered anythings, maple syrup, roast suckling pigs, oatmeal muffins, fried shrimp, date-nut bread, egg nog, pumpkin pies, fruitcakes, chocolates and pepperpot. The last one may be referring to the Amerindian dish made with dark greens or an actual pepper pot used for storing black pepper.

If my count is accurate, we have 106 national holidays designated to food. There may be more I don't know about. What say we petition to have these days made into paid days off? Who's with me?

Should we have all our "Food" holidays as paid days off?

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    • Terri Meredith profile imageAUTHOR

      Terri Meredith 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hey thanks! I had the very same thoughts about obesity when I started putting the hub together. We certainly do like to eat, especially the goodies!

    • backporchstories profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Love it! No wonder we are a nation of obese people! Good hub and loved your humor!

    • Terri Meredith profile imageAUTHOR

      Terri Meredith 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @RTalloni: I took your advice...the poll is added. I figure those of us who work for a living need to narrow the gap between ourselves and all those who don't work at all.

      @fpherj48: I know...just we have a REASON to eat all those goodies!!!

    • fpherj48 profile image


      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Teri......I'm not surprised at this....and No, I had no idea any these were "Special" days......FOOD days to celebrate? Really?

      I'll be darned....all these years I've been stuffing my face.....every day, for no particular reason at all. Hmmmmm. UP ++

    • RTalloni profile image


      6 years ago from the short journey

      My first thought was, "I want to see this but it's going to take a while to run through 106!" This is a great take on the entire matter. :)

      I vote for the paid days off, absolutely. You should add one of those poll thingys. :)


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