A little while ago I stumbled upon a post on the (unfortunately now defunct) us vs th3m website where you could enter your birthday and find out which foods and drinks were being honoured on your birthday. It was interesting to see how many different food days there were.
So… how do food days come into being?
Some are created by the Government. For example, National Catfish Day was made official by then US president Ronald Reagan on 25 June 1987. At the time, farm-raised catfish comprised the third highest volume of finned fish in America and provided a steady income for the people who farmed it, so it was only natural that the Government wanted to celebrate this. The day is still celebrated today.
Some food days are created to commemorate certain events and end up getting celebrated year-on-year… Hummus day is an annual event celebrated on the third Thursday in May and came into being in 2012 during a hackathon in Tel Aviv in Israel. The event went viral after that, with people posting photos of themselves on social media eating the chickpea-based snack.
On a similar tangent, Pie day could very well be the nerdiest food holiday in the year – celebrated on 14 March (the American date format spells out 3/14 – the first three digits of Pi.)
Most food days come into being as stunts by PR organisations for food companies – International Chocolate Day takes place on 13 September, the birthday of the creator of the Hershey bar, whilst World Tripe Day on October 24 was concocted by the Tripe Marketing Board… come on, who else would have come up with it?
Here are some of the more random food days which take place across the world today:
- 1 January: Bloody Mary Day (makes sense, considering it was New Year’s Eve the day before)
- 24 January: Peanut butter day (I know a lot of people in the Analox office who will be pleased about this day!)
- February 22: Margarita day (okay, it’s not technically a food, but it’s a good excuse for a celebration!)
- March 16: Artichoke Hearts Day (I’ll abstain from this one, thank you)
- April 19: Garlic Day (alternatively, it is also Amaretto day if you prefer)
- May 24: Escargot Day (again… I’ll sit this one out if it’s okay with you)
- June 28: Tapioca Day (also known as every day if you ate school dinners in the 1980s)
- July 29: Lasagna Day (if pasta isn’t your thing, you can celebrate ‘Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day’ instead… whatever that is)
- August 13: Filet Mignon Day (one of the fanciest food days of the year). If you live in the UK, it is also National Burger Day on 27 August.
- September 11: Hot Cross Bun Day (why this isn’t earlier on in the year during Easter I’m not sure. Interestingly, September seems to be the month with the least food days)
- October 7: Frappe Day (I’d have personally had this one during the summer!)
- November 14: Guacamole Day (coincidentally, the next day is ‘Clean out your refrigerator day’… possibly because your guacamole will have gone brown by then)
- December 18: Roast Suckling Pig Day (a small snack to tide you over before Christmas day)
Thanks to Scott Roberts web for the full list of days: http://www.scottrobertsweb.com/complete-listing-of-national-food-days/
In light of this article, and events taking place in our office, I think I will declare December 8 as ‘eat all the chocolates you were planning to save for Christmas and feel really bad about it’ day. Do you think it will catch on?
If you want to find out which food day your birthday is – you can find out on the us vs th3m website. Don’t forget to tell us in the comments which national day falls on your birthday!
Author: Kate Ingham, Digital Marketing Executive.