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