A List of Tasty Observances to Get You Through the Year
How Does a Food Holiday Get Its Start?
All days of observance come from the same beginnings: commemoration. It could be a person, hobby, organization or object. An official national holiday needs to jump through all the hoops and red tape of Congress. This takes a lot of time, resources and effort. Luckily for individuals, organizations and companies, creating an unofficial holiday is as easy as finding a date and promoting it.
What Is the Purpose of a Food Holiday?
The main purpose of these food holidays is awareness and fun. Did you see that it was Baklava Day? Or Peking Duck Day? If you’ve never eaten these things, get in the spirit and try something new. Or it could just spice up your routine. After all, would you rather have tomorrow be Monday or Chocolate Souffle Day? There’s at least one food holiday per day, and sometimes they’re even repeated. For more foodie observances, check out Foodimentary’s complete list.
Pyro-gourmaniacs rejoice! January 16th is National Hot and Spicy Foods Day. So go ahead, drown your food in hot sauce and add some extra dashes of pepper.
If you’re craving a bottle of something new, try out Infinity Sauces. It’s a small business that’s selling big flavors using habaneros, ghost peppers and chipotle. They’re always packing heat!
Whether Valentine’s Day was a hit or miss, there’s a food holiday shortly after that you’ll always want to celebrate. February 18th is National Drink Wine Day. Luckily for us, we don’t have to make a trek to Napa and Sonoma to celebrate properly. There are plenty of vineyards in our own backyard. To plan your tastings, visit OC Wine Trail
¡Muy Delicioso! It doesn’t matter if it’s on a Tuesday, National Crunchy Taco Day is on March 21st. Even though there’s no contest against the neighborhood taqueria or cantina, sometimes a night in is too good to pass up. The Tortilla Channel has an easy, tasty recipe for scratch-made crispy corn tortilla.
Flavor combos can have anniversaries, too! April 2nd is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. It’s believed that this beautiful matrimony first came on the scene in 1901 when it was published in the Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics. But after being (literally) stuck with each other for over a century, it doesn’t hurt to switch things up a little. Buzzfeed offers some fun upgrades to the PB&J like grilling it, waffle pressing it and even swapping the sandwich bread for French toast.
Bonjour! National Macaroon Day is May 31st. French macaroons (or macarons) are as delightful and delicate as they are rich and sweet. In the OC we’re blessed with tons of bakeries who have perfected the art of the macaroon, but there’s something to be said about being able to do it for yourself.
If you’re up for the challenge, break out your pastry bags and Silpat! For your first time, watching a video will help a lot as you have to pay close attention to your macaroon batter.
Summer may be fast approaching, but let’s be honest. The first Friday of the month, National Doughnut Day, is the real reason we’re all looking forward to June. The tradition began in 1938 by the Chicago branch of the Salvation Army. The women volunteering would make doughnuts for soldiers overseas to lift spirits and to raise funds and awareness for the organization. Today, the holiday lives on in civilian life with special offers from our favorite shops like Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme.
Suffering from post-fireworks blues? July 6th can give you an explosion of flavor that’ll help you cope; National Fried Chicken Day. From Southern, to Korean, to Buffalo, this dish is comfort food 101. There’s no wrong way to celebrate this food holiday, so feel free to spread your wings and try something different.
Send off the end of summer with a treat that was born from and warm nights and fire light. August 30th is National Toasted Marshmallow Day, but the campfires and bonfires aren’t mandatory. A quick and easy way to give this tasty sweet recognition from inside your home is a scoopable, shareable s’mores dip.
Are you achin’ for some bacon? Our favorite crispy treat can be celebrated on September 2nd.
Experience bacon’s gourmet side at Saint Marc. The location in Huntington Beach has their own Bacon Bar where you can experience garlic parmesan bacon or apple pie bacon. Just try not to hog it all to yourself.
Need a pick me up before the craziness of the holiday season? National Coffee Day is October 1st. Now, there’s no denying that your favorite local barista makes the best brew. But treating yourself to the perfect cup at home can be a huge game changer. Since the gift-giving season is right around the corner, treat yourself to the aesthetically pleasing, delightfully iconic Chemex Coffeemaker.
Does anything beat the smell of a fresh loaf of bread coming out of the oven? If you’ve never tried baking one from scratch, now’s the time. Rise to the occasion for National Homemade Bread Day on November 17th. Tasty made a great video recipe that’s simple and delicious. All you need is to roll up your sleeves!
When the weather is cold and the days fly past you, December 13th can give you the perfect break.
Warm up and unwind on National Cocoa Day. There’s definitely no wrong way to make it, but it’s always fun to experiment with new flavors and twists.