There is actually a National BACON Day?!?!

If you are anything like me, you hear about National This-or-That Day and chuckle that someone actually named a day (or sometimes an entire month!) after some silly thing that you hardly pay attention to.

But now that I am writing a food blog, I fell like I should take these things more seriously! I should make shortbread on National Shortbread Day (January 6th) and share with everyone, right? I should list several recipes on that day for variations on the popular treat.

And when National World Whisky Day (March 27th) comes along, I should be ready with a well-researched post on the different types, flavors, and the origin of all types of Whisky.  (I know one tid-bit that I can pass on right now without doing research – Whisky with no ‘e’ is the Scottish spelling, Whiskey with an ‘e’ is the Irish and American spelling. Does it matter when you are drinking it? Not one bit!!)

I am really trying to get more organized with my blogging and baking. I am in the process of creating a Food Blog Planner that will help me keep track of future posts and all the tasks that need attention when you are trying to SERIOUSLY blog! (I plan to share the details on the planner with you very soon!)

In addition to blogging, I also have to BAKE! I need to plan my bakes in advance to make sure that I have time to shop for specialty items. I need to make sure that I have time to complete a bake from start to finish, including decorating, staging and photographing.

And if a bake goes bad? I have to find the time to start over! Sometimes more than once. Unfortunately, I learn by trial and error. And there have been many errors!

While I am trying to plan, I have not really paid attention to the long list of National and International Food Observance Days. But I have noticed some bloggers that I follow are posting special bakes ON THE DAY of the event, not a week later the way I seem to do it!

Time to get serious, guys! I have put together what I believe to be a complete list of National Food Observances. Now I know there are ‘days’ for everything and I am not trying to say those other observances are not important. But since this is a food blog, I am focusing on food ‘days’.

My plan is to start out with one day per month to focus on. I have read the list and highlighted one day to bake for each month and put them on my calendar. You may want to do more or less. Feel free to pick and choose what stands out to you!

You may pick the day based on a special someone’s birthday or your favorite flavor. Whatever works for you is awesome!

You may even think I’m crazy and you won’t bake from the list at all. I’m OK with that as I am just having a bit of fun with this!

So take a look – you might want to grab a cup of tea first – this is gonna’ take a while! Pick out a few favorites and add them to your calendar.

So which ones are you going to bake for? Let me know in the comments!

January
National Hot Tea Month, National Oatmeal Month, National Slow Cooking Month, National Soup Month, National Baking Month, National Fat Free Living Month, Fat Free Living Month
Daily Holidays
January 1 -National Bloody Mary Day, National Black Eyed Pea Day
January 2 - National Buffet Day, National Cream Puff Day
January 3 - National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
January 4 - National Spaghetti Day
January 5 - National Whipped Cream Day
January 6 - National Shortbread Day, National Bean Day
January 7 - National Tempura Day
January 8 - National English Toffee Day
January 9 - National Apricot Day
January 10 - National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11 - National Hot Toddy Day, National Milk Day
January 12 - National Marzipan Day, National Curried Chicken Day, National Glazed Doughnut Day
January 13 - National Gluten-Free Day, National Peach Melba Day
January 14 - National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
January 15 - National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day, National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 16 - National Fig Newton Day, International Hot and Spicy Food Day
January 17 - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
January 18 - National Gourmet Coffee Day, Peking Duck Day
January 19 - National Popcorn Day
January 20 - National Buttercrunch Day, National Cheese Lover’s Day
January 21 - National Granola Bar Day, National New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22 - National Blonde Brownie Day, National Southern Food Day
January 23 - National Pie Day, National Rhubarb Pie Day
January 24 - National Peanut Butter Day, Lobster Thermidor Day
January 25 - National Irish Coffee Day
January 26 - National Peanut Brittle Day
January 27 - National Chocolate Cake Day
January 28 - National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29 - National Corn Chip Day
January 30 - National Croissant Day
January 31 - National Hot Chocolate Day**

FEBRUARY
Canned Food Month, National Chocolate Lovers Month, National Cherry Month, National Grapefruit Month, National Snack Food Month, National Potato Lovers Month, Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month, National Hot Breakfast Month, !st week of Feb- African Heritage & Health Week, 3rd Weekend of February: National Margarita Weekend, “Superbowl Sunday” : National Pork Rind Day (aka National Pork Rind Appreciation Day)
Daily Holidays
February 1 - National Cake Pops Day, National Baked Alaska Day, National Dark Chocolate Day
February 2 - National Tater Tot Day
February 3 - National Carrot Cake Day
February 4 - National Homemade Soup Day, National Stuffed Mushroom Day
February 5 - World Nutella Day, National Frozen Yogurt Day
February 6 - National Chopsticks Day
February 7 - National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
February 8 -  National Pizza Day, National Molasses Bar Day, National Potato Lover’s Day
February 9 -  National Bagels and Lox Day
February 10 - National Cream Cheese Brownie Day, National “Have a Brownie” Day
February 11 - National Peppermint Patty Day
February 12 - National Plum Pudding Day, National PB&J Day, National Biscotti Day
February 13 - National Tortellini Day, National “Italian Food” Day,
February 14 - National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
February 15 - National Gumdrop Day, National Chewing Gum Day
February 16 - National Almond Day
February 17 - National Cafe’ Au Lait Day
February 18 - National “Drink Wine” Day
February 19 -National Chocolate Mint Day
February 20 -National Cherry Pie Day, National Muffin Day
February 21 - National Pancake Day, National Sticky Bun Day
February 22 - National Cook a Sweet Potato Day
February 23 - National Chili Day, National Banana Bread Day
February 24 - National Tortilla Chip Day
February 25 - National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day, National Clam Chowder Day
February 26 - National Pistachio Day
February 27 - National Strawberry Day, National Kahlua Day
February 28 - National Chocolate Souffle Day
February 29 - National Frog Legs Day

MARCH
National Fresh Celery Month, National Noodle Month, National Flour Month, National Frozen Food Month, National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Month, National Hot Cross Bun Day (Good Friday), National Sauce Month, National Caffeine Awareness Month
Daily Holidays
March 1 - National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
March 2 - National Banana Cream Pie Day
March 3 - National Cold Cuts Day, National Moscow Mule Day
March 4 - National Pound Cake Day
March 5 - National Cheese Doodle Day
March 6 - National Oreo Day
March 7 - National Cereal Day
March 8 - National Peanut Cluster Day
March 9 – National Meatball Day, National Crab Day
March 10 - National Ranch Dressing Day
March 11 - National “Eat Your Noodles” Day
March 12 - National Milky Way Day
March 13 - National Chicken Noodle Soup Day
March 14 - National Potato Chip Day
March 15 - National Peanut Lovers’ Day
March 16 - National Artichoke Heart Day
March 17 - National “Eat Like an Irishman” Day
March 18 - National Sloppy Joe Day
March 19 - National Oatmeal Cookie Day
March 20 - National Ravioli Day
March 21 - National Crunchy Taco Day
March 22 - National Water Day
March 23 - National Chips and Dip Day
March 24 - National Tortilla Chip Day
March 25 - National International Waffle Day
March 26 - National Nougat Day
March 27 - National World Whisky Day
March 28 - National Black Forest Cake Day
March 29 - National Chiffon Cake Day
March 30 - National Hot Chicken Day, National Turkey Neck Soup Day
March 31 - National Oysters on the Half Shell Day, National Clam Day

APRIL
National Florida Tomato Month, National BLT Sandwich Month, National Soft Pretzel Month, National Soyfoods Month, National Grilled Cheese Month, National Garlic Month, April 12-18: National Egg Salad Week
Daily Holidays
April 1 - National Soylent Green Day, National Sourdough Bread Day
April 2 - National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
April 3 - National Chocolate Mousse Day
April 4 - National Cordon Bleu Day, International Carrot Day
April 5 - Caramel Day, National Raisin & Spice Bar Day
April 6 - National Caramel Popcorn Day, International Carbonara Day, New Beer’s Eve
April 7 - National Coffee Cake Day, National Beer Day
April 8 - National Empanada Day
April 9 - National Chinese Almond Cookie Day
April 10  - National Cinnamon Crescent Day
April 11 - National Cheese Fondue Day
April 12 - National Licorice Day, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
April 13 - National Peach Cobbler Day
April 14 -National Pecan Day
April 15 - National Glazed Ham Day
April 16 - National Eggs Benedict Day, National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day, Day of the Mushroom
April 17 - National Cheeseball Day, World Malbec Day
April 18 - National Animal Crackers Day
April 19 - National Rice Ball Day
April 20 - National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day
April 21 - National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day
April 22 - National Jelly Bean Day
April 23 - National Cherry Cheesecake Day, National Picnic Day
April 24 - National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
April 25 - National Crotilla Day, National Zucchini Bread Day
April 26 - National Pretzel Day
April 27 - National Prime Rib Day
April 28 - National Blueberry Pie Day
April 29 - National Shrimp Scampi Day
April 30 - National Oatmeal Cookie Day, National Raisin Day

MAY
National Beef Month, National Barbecue Month, National Loaded Potato Month, National Chocolate Custard, Month National Egg Month, National Hamburger Month, National Salad Month, National Salsa Month, National Strawberry Month, May 1-7: National Raisin Week
May 3-9: National Herb Week, First Saturday in May: National Homebrew Day, The 3rd Monday of May and the rest of the week: American Craft Beer Week

Daily Holidays
May 1 - National Chocolate Parfait Day
May 2 - National Chocolate Truffle Day
May 3 - National Raspberry Popover Day, National Raspberry Tart Day, National Chocolate Custard Day
May 4 - National Candied Orange Peel Day, National Homebrew Day, National Hoagie Day
May 5 - National Enchilada Day – Happy Cinco de Mayo!
May 6 - National Crepe Suzette Day
May 7 - National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
May 8 - National Coconut Cream Pie Day
May 9 - National Shrimp Day
May 10 - National Liver and Onions Day
May 11 - National “Eat What You Want” Day
May 12  - National Nutty Fudge Day
May 13 - National Apple Pie Day, National Fruit Cocktail Day, National Hummus Day
May 14 - National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
May 15 - National Chocolate Chip Day
May 16 - National Barbecue Day
May 17 - National Cherry Cobbler Day
May 18 - National Cheese Souffle Day, I love Reese’s Day
May 19 - National Devil’s Food Cake Day
May 20 - National Quiche Lorraine Day, National Pick Strawberries Day
May 21 - National Strawberries and Cream Day
May 22 - National Vanilla Pudding Day
May 23 - National Taffy Day
May 24 - National Escargot Day
May 25 - National Brown-Bag-It Day, National Wine Day
May 26 - National Blueberry Cheesecake Day, National Cherry Dessert Day
May 27 - National Italian Beef Day, National Grape Popsicle Day
May 28 - National Brisket Day
May 29 - National Biscuit Day
May 30 - National Mint Julep Day
May 31 - National Macaroon Day

JUNE
National Candy Month, National Dairy Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, National Iced Tea Month, National Papaya Month, First Friday in June: National Donut Day
Daily Holidays
June 1 - National Hazelnut Cake Day
June 2 - National Rocky Road Day, National Rotisserie Chicken Day
June 3 - National Chocolate Macaroon Day, National Egg Day
June 4 - National Cheese Day
June 5 - National Ketchup / Catsup Day
June 6 - National Gingerbread Day
June 7  - National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 8 - National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day
June 9  - National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day
June 10 - National Iced-Tea Day
June 11 - National German Chocolate Cake Day
June 12  - National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, International Falafel Day
June 13 - Cupcake Lover’s Day
June 14 - National Strawberry Shortcake Day
June 15 - Lobster Day
June 16 - National Fudge Day
June 17  - National Apple Strudel Day, National Cherry Tart Day
June 18 - International Picnic Day, National Cheesemakers Day
June 19 - National Martini Day
June 20 - National Vanilla Milkshake Day
June 21 - National Peaches & Cream Day
June 22  - National Chocolate Eclair Day, National Onion Ring Day
June 23  - National Pecan Sandy Day
June 24 - National Pralines Day
June 25  - National Strawberry Parfait Day, National Catfish Day
June 26 - National Chocolate Pudding Day
June 27 - National Orange Blossom Day
June 28 - National Tapioca Day
June 29  - National Almond Buttercrunch Day
June 30 - National Mai Tai Day

JULY
National Baked Bean Month, National Culinary Arts Month, National Hot Dog Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Picnic Month
National Pickle Month
Daily Holidays
July 1  - National Gingersnap Day
July 2  - National Anisette Day
July 3 - National Chocolate Wafer Day
July 4 - National Barbecue Day, Caesar Salad Day
July 5 - National Apple Turnover Day
July 6 - National Fried Chicken Day
July 7 - National Strawberry Sundae Day, National Macaroni Day
July 8 - National Chocolate with Almonds Day
July 9 - National Sugar Cookie Day
July 10 - National Pina Colada Day, ‘Pick Blueberries’ Day
July 11 - National Blueberry Muffin Day, National Mojito Day
July 12 - National Pecan Pie Day
July 13 - National French Fry Day
July 14 - National Grand Marnier Day
July 15 - National Tapioca Pudding Day, National Gummy Worm Day
July 16 - National Ice Cream Day, National Corn Fritter Day
July 17 - National Peach Ice Cream Day
July 18 - National Caviar Day
July 19 - National Daiquiri Day
July 20 - National Ice Cream Sundae Day, National Lollipop Day, Fortune Cookie Day
July 21 - National Creme Brûlée Day, National Junk Food Day
July 22 - National Penuche Day
July 23 - National Vanilla Ice Cream Day,  Hot Dog Day
July 24 - National Tequila Day
July 25 - National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
July 26 - National Bagelfest,  National Coffee Milkshake Day
July 27 - National Scotch Day
July 28 - National Milk Chocolate Day, National Hamburger Day
July 29 - National Lasagna Day, National Chicken Wing Day
July 30 - National Cheesecake Day
July 31 - National Raspberry Cake Day, National Cotton Candy Day

AUGUST
National Catfish Month, National Panini Month, National Peach Month, National Sandwich Month, National Mustard Day is the First Saturday of August
Daily Holidays
August 1 - National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
August 2 - National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 3 - National Watermelon Day, National IPA Day
August 4 - National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
August 5 - National Oyster Day
August 6 - National Root Beer Float Day
August 7 - Raspberries and Cream Day
August 8 - National Frozen Custard Day, National Zucchini Day, International Beer Day
August 9 - National Rice Pudding Day
August 10 - National S’mores Day, National Banana Split Day
August 11 - National Panini Day, National Raspberry Tart Day
August 12 - National Julienne Fries Day
August 13 - National Filet Mignon Day
August 14 - National Creamsicle Day
August 15 - National Lemon Meringue Pie Day, (Julia Child’s Birthday)
August 16 - National Rum Day, National Bratwurst Day
August 17 - National Vanilla Custard Day
August 18 - National Ice Cream Pie Day
August 19 - National Soft-Serve Ice Cream Day, *National Hot & Spicy Food Day
August 20 - *National ‘ Bacon Lovers ‘ Day, National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
August 21 - National Sweet Tea Day
August 22 - National Pecan Torte Day, *National “Eat a Peach” Day
August 23- National Cuban Sandwich Day, National Spongecake Day
August 24 - National Peach Pie Day
August 25 - National Whiskey Sour Day
August 26 - National Cherry Popsicle Day
August 27 - National Pots de Creme Day, National Burger Day
August 28 - National Cherry Turnovers Day
August 29 - National Chop Suey
August 30 - National Toasted Marshmallow Day
August 31 - National Trail Mix Day

SEPTEMBER
National Chicken Month, National Honey Month, National Mushroom Month, National Papaya Month, National Potato Month
National Rice Month
Daily Holidays
September 1 - National Gyro Day
September 2 - National “Grits for Breakfast” Day, International Bacon Day
September 3 - National Welsh Rarebit Day, National Baby Back Ribs Day
September 4 - National Macadamia Nut Day
September 5 - National Cheese Pizza Day
September 6 - National Coffee Ice Cream Day
September 7 - National Beer Lover’s Day
September 8 - National Date-Nut Bread Day
September 9 - National “I Love Food” Day
September 10 - National Hot Dog Day
September 11 - National Hot Cross Bun Day
September 12 - National Chocolate Milkshake Day
September 13 -National Peanut Day
September 14 - National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day
September 15 - National Double Cheeseburger Day, National Creme de Menthe Day, National Linguini Day
September 16 - National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day
September 17 - National Apple Dumpling Day, National Monte Cristo Day
September 18 - National Play-Dough Day, National Cheeseburger Day
September 19 - National Butterscotch Pudding Day
September 20 - National Punch Day / Rum Punch Day
September 21 - National Pecan Cookie Day
September 22 - National Ice Cream Cone Day
September 23 - National White Chocolate Day
September 24 - National Cherries Jubilee Day
September 25 - National Lobster Day, National Food Service Workers Day
September 26 - National Key Lime Pie Day
September 27 - National Chocolate Milk Day
September 28 - National Strawberry Cream Pie Day, National Drink a Beer Day
September 29 - National Coffee Day, National Mocha Day
September 30 - National Mulled Cider Day

OCTOBER
National Pumpkin Month, National Apple Month, National Applejack Month, National Caramel Month, National Cookbook Month, National Cookie Month, National Dessert Month, National Pasta Month, National Pickled Peppers Month, National Pizza Month, National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, National Pork Month, National Pretzel Month, National Seafood Month, Second Weekend in October: National Kegger Weekend
Daily Holidays
October 1 - National Pumpkin Spice Day, World Vegetarian Day
October 2 - World Farm Animals Day
October 3 - National Soft Taco Day
October 4 - National Taco Day
October 5 - National Apple Betty Day
October 6 - National Noodle Day
October 7 - National Frappe Day
October 8 - National Fluffernutter Day
October 9 - National Moldy-Cheese Day, National Pizza and Beer Day, National Hoagy Day
October 10 - National Tic Tac Day, National Angel Food Cake Day
October 11 - National Sausage Pizza Day
October 12 - National Gumbo Day, Pumpkin Pie Day
October 13 - National Peanut Festival, National Pumpkin Festival, Yorkshire Pudding Day, National M&M Day
October 14 - National Dessert Day
October 15 - National Mushroom Day, National Red Wine Day
October 16 - National Liqueur Day, National World Food Day
October 17 - National Pasta Day
October 18 - National Chocolate Cupcake Day
October 19 - National Seafood Bisque Day
October 20 - National Brandied Fruit Day
October 21 - National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
October 22 - National Nut Day
October 23 - National Boston Cream Pie Day
October 24 - National Bologna Day, Feast of Good & Plenty
October 25 - National Greasy Foods Day
October 26 - National Mincemeat Day, National Pumpkin Day
October 27 - National Potato Day, American Beer Day
October 28 - National Chocolate Day
October 29 - National Oatmeal Day
October 30 - National Candy Corn Day
October 31 - National Caramel Apple Day

NOVEMBER
National Fun with Fondue Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, National Pepper Month, National Stuffing Month, National Raisin Bread Month, November 1-7: National Fig Week
Daily Holidays
November 1 - National Bison Day
November 2 - National Deviled Egg Day
November 3 - National Sandwich Day
November 4 - National Candy Day
November 5 - National Doughnut Day, National Chinese Take-out Day
November 6 - National Nachos Day
November 7 - National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
November 8 - National Cappuccino Day
November 9 - National Greek Yogurt Day 
November 10 - National Vanilla Cupcake Day
November 11 - National Sundae Day
November 12 - National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day
November 13 - National Indian Pudding Day, Feast of St. Diego Alacala
November 14 - National Guacamole Day, National Pickle ‘Appreciation’ Day
November 15 - National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
November 16 - National Fast Food Day
November 17 - National Baklava Day, Homemade Bread Day
November 18 - National Apple Cider Day,  National Vichyssoise Day
November 19 - National Macchiato Day**
November 20 - National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
November 21 - National Cranberry Day**,  National Gingerbread Cookie Day
November 22 - National Cranberry Relish Day, National Cashew Day
November 23 - National Espresso Day
November 24 - National Sardines Day
November 25 - National Parfait Day, National “Eat with a Friend” Day
November 26 - National Cake Day
November 27 - National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
November 28 - National French Toast Day
November 29 - National Chocolates Day, National Lemon Creme Pie Day, National Rice Cake Day
November 30 - National Mousse Day

DECEMBER
National Egg Nog Month, National Fruit Cake Month
Daily Holidays
December 1 - National Fried Pie Day**
December 2 - National Fritters Day, Feast of St. Bibiana
December 3 - National Peppermint Latte Day**
December 4 - National Cookie Day
December 5 - National Comfort Food Day, Repeal of Prohibition Day*
December 6 - National Gazpacho Day, National Microwave Oven Day, National “Cook for Christmas” Day**
December 7 - National Cotton Candy Day,  Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain)
December 8 - National Brownie Day
December 9 - National Pastry Day
December 10 - National Lager Day
December 11 - National “Have a Bagel” Day**
December 12 - National Cocoa Day, National Ambrosia Day*
December 13 - National Popcorn String Day
December 14  - National Biscuits and Gravy Day**, National Bouillabaisse Day
December 15 - National Gingerbread Latte Day**, National Lemon Cupcake Day
December 16 - National Chocolate Covered Anything Day**
December 17 - National Maple Syrup Day
December 18 - National “I Love Honey” Day,  National Roast Suckling Pig Day*
December 19 - National Hard Candy Day, National Oatmeal Muffin Day
December 20 - National Sangria Day
December 21 - National French Fried Shrimp Day
December 22 - National Date Nut Bread Day
December 23 - National Bake Day,  National Pfeffernuesse Day*
December 24 - National Egg Nog Day
December 25 - National Pumpkin Pie Day, National “Kiss the Cook” Day
December 26 - National Candy Cane Day
December 27 - National Fruitcake Day
December 28 - National Box of Chocolates Day
December 29 - National “Get on the Scales” Day, National Pepper Pot Day*
December 30 - National Bacon Day, National Bicarbonate of Soda Day*, Baking Soda Day
December 31 - National Champagne Day, National Vinegar Day

**A Traditional Food Holiday or a day with Historic significance 
**A new or newly discovered food holiday

One Comment Add yours

  1. Emily says:

    Like you, I would always laugh at all the “national” and “international” days. How is every day a thing? But, some of them inspire me too. I will admit I was very excited there was a Garlic Day. Thanks for putting all the “days” in one place! It will help me plan for more fun cooking/baking projects too!

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