National Food Holidays: Mark Your Favorites On Your Calendar!

While I was thumbing through my Twitter feed one day last week, I noticed that it was National Smore's Day. I'm always up for a culinary celebration, so I swung by the store to pick up some marshmallows and a chocolate bar. (I made the graham crackers from scratch using this Marta Stewart recipe - perfection!) As I was rolling out the cookies I realized if I hadn't been on Twitter that evening I would have let a perfect smore-making opportunity slip by. So I wondered what other food holidays there may be thoughout the year. Turns out there is an American food holiday every day!

Food holidays, as well as other special observance days, are actually designated by our government. Over the years there have been enough petitions and proclamations to have a designated food holiday for every day of the year, and some foods are actually observed more than once. You can find a complete list here, but I compiled a list of notable ones below—noting a drink, dessert, and savory dish for each month. Put a few on your google calendar so you don't miss out on a chance to celebrate your favorite foods.

January

  • January 24 - National Peanut Butter Day

  • January 27 - National Chocolate Cake Day

  • January 31 - National Brandy Alexander Day

February

  • February 6 - National Nutella Day

  • February 9 - National Pizza Pie Day

  • Februrary 22 - National Margarita Day

March

  • March 3 - National Mulled Wine Day

  • March 18 - National Oatmeal Cookie Day

  • March 20 - National Ravioli Day

April

  • April 8 - National Empanada Day

  • April 13 - National Peach Cobbler Day

  • April 19 - National Amaretto Day

May

  • May 4 - National Homebrew Day(our brew specialist Emma no doubt has this on her calendar)

  • May 14 - National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

  • May 15 - National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day - my personal favorite

June

  • June 11 - National German Chocolate Cake Day

  • June 10 - National Iced Tea Day

  • June 15 - National Lobster Day

July

  • July 6 - National Fried Chicken Day

  • July 10 - National Pina Colada Day

  • July 12 - National Pecan Pie Day

August

  • August 5 - National Waffle Day

  • August 6 - National Root Beer Float Day

  • August 10 - National S'mores Day

September

  • September 1 - National Cherry Popover Day

  • September 12 - National Chocolate Milkshake

  • September 26 - National Pancake Day

October

  • October 4 - National Vodka Day

  • October 10 - National Angel Food Cake Day

  • October 26 - National Pretzel Day

November

  • November 8 - National Cappuccino Day

  • November 26 - National Cake Day

  • November 28 - National French Toast Day

December

  • December 6 - National Gazpacho Day

  • December 24 - National Egg Nog Day

  • December 25 - National Pumpkin Pie Day

What's your favorite food holiday?

Related: It's National Doughnut (or Donut) Day! 10 Recipes to Celebrate

(Images: Chris Perez)