The Ultimate Guide to National Food Holidays

Here’s a fun and pleasurable resolution: eat deliciously all year long. 

To help you on your way, we’ve created the ultimate guide to food holidays throughout the year. There’s at least one holiday listed for each and every day of the year, so that you can celebrate food traditions and eat well all year long. 

National Food Holidays Guide

Photos via CakeSpy unless otherwise noted

There’s a holiday here for just about food you crave, from National Strawberry Day (February 27) to National Cheeseburger Day (September 18) to National Cupcake Day (December 15). There are even food holidays that you’ve probably never even considered, such as National Four Prunes Day (October 17) or National Noodle Ring Day (December 11), and even a few mysteries — for instance, why on earth is National Pumpkin Pie Day on December 25th rather than closer to Thanksgiving? 

It’s a lot of fun to scroll through the list to see what national food holidays correspond to important dates in your life; it’s even more fun to eat along all year long.

Food Holidays January


January is:

  • National Bread Machine Baking Month
  • National Hot Tea Month
  • National Meat Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Wheat Bread Month
  • National Prune Breakfast Month 

Food holidays in January: 

January 1: 

National Bloody Mary Day (why not make yours with an infused vodka?)

Apple Gifting Day

January 2:

National Cream Puff Day

January 3:

Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

January 4:

National Spaghetti Day

January 5:

National Whipped Cream Day

January 6:

National Bean Day

National Shortbread Day

January 7: 

National Tempura Day

January 8:

National English Toffee Day

Elvis’s Birthday (many foodies celebrate by concocting dishes with peanut butter, banana, and bacon)

January 9:

National Apricot Day

January 10: 

National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

January 11:

National Milk Day

National Hot Toddy Day

January 12:

National Curried Chicken Day

January 13:

National Peach Melba Day

January 14:

National Pastrami Sandwich Day

January 15:

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

January 16: 

National Fig Newton Day

January  17:

National Hot Buttered Rum Day

January 18:

National Peking Duck Day

January 19:

National Popcorn Day (make your cake look like popcorn, too, with this tutorial for how to make popcorn out of fondant!)

January 20: 

National Buttercrunch Day

Cheese Lover’s Day

National Coffee Break Day

January 21:

National Granola Bar Day

New England Clam Chowder Day

January 22: 

National Blondie Day (also known as National Blonde Brownie Day)

January 23:

National Pie Day (as observed by the Pie Council; see March 14 for an alternate date)

January 24:

National Peanut Butter 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 (for a healthy variation, toss a handful of blueberries in a batch of our buckwheat pancakes!)

January 29:

National Corn Chip Day

January 30:

National Croissant Day

January 31:

National Brandy Alexander Day (why not make a cocktail-inspired winter cake?)

Food Holidays February


February is: 

  • Great American Pie Month
  • National Canned Food Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Chocolate Lover’s Month
  • National Grapefruit Month
  • National Hot Breakfast Month
  • National Potato Lover’s Month
  • National Sweet Potato Month
  • National Snack Food Month

Food holidays in February:

February 1:

National Baked Alaska Day (learn some interesting trivia about Baked Alaska!)

February 2:

National Heavenly Hash Day

February 3:

National Carrot Cake Day

February 4:

National Stuffed Mushroom Day

National Homemade Soup Day

February 5: 

National Chocolate Fondue Day

World Nutella Day

February 6:

National Chopsticks Day (a perfect day to make Chinese food!)

National Frozen Yogurt Day

February 7:

National Fettucine Alfredo Day

World Pisco Sour Day

February 8:

National Molasses Bar Day

February 9:

National Bagel Day

National Pizza Day (also called National Pizza Pie Day)

February 10:

National Cream Cheese Brownie Day (make yours with homemade cream cheese!)

February 11: 

National Peppermint Patty Day

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day (while this is less about actual milk and more about having a positive attitude, it’s a good opportunity to not get upset if you make baking or cooking error!)

February 12:

National Plum Pudding Day

February 13:

National Tortellini Day

February 14:

National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

February 15:

National Gumdrop Day

February 16:

National Almond Day (a great day to make these easy almond macaroons!)

February 17:

National Cafe au Lait Day

February 18:

National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day (yes, really)

National Drink Wine Day

Chocolate Mint Cake

Chocolate mint cake via Bluprint member cakeartisan

February 19:

National Chocolate Mint Day

February 20:

National Cherry Pie Day

February 21:

National Sticky Bun Day (did you know you can make sticky buns with pizza dough?)

February 22: 

National Margarita Day

February 23:

National Banana Bread Day

February  24:

National Tortilla Chip Day

February 25:

National Chocolate-Covered Nut Day

National Clam Chowder Day

February 26:

National Pistachio Day

February 27: 

National Kahlua Day

National Strawberry Day

February 28:

National Chocolate Soufflé Day

February 29 (when applicable): 

National Surf and Turf Day

Food Holidays March

Celery photo via Bluprint blog


March is:

  • National Celery Month
  • National Flour Month
  • National Frozen Food Month
  • National Noodle Month
  • National Peanut Month
  • National Sauce Month

Food holidays in March:

March 1:

National Fruit Compote Day

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

Banana Cream Pie

Photo via CakeSpy

March 2:

National Banana Cream Pie Day

March 3:

National Cold Cuts Day (a great day for a club sandwich!)

National Mulled Wine Day

March 4:

National Pound Cake Day

March 5:

National Absinthe Day

National Cheese Doodle Day

March 6:

Frozen Food Day

National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

March 7:

National Cereal Day

National Crown Roast of Pork Day

March 8:

National Peanut Cluster Day

March 9:

National Crab Meat Day

National Meatball Day

March 10:

Pack Your Lunch Day 

March 11:

Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day (Pssst! Don’t have a waffle maker? Here’s an easy method for making waffles without a waffle iron)

March 12:

National Baked Scallops Day

March 13:

Coconut Torte Day

March 14:

National Potato Chip Day

Pi Day – While the American Pie Council recognizes January 23 as Pie Day, some choose this day as the official red letter day to enjoy pie! We say enjoy both.

March 15:

National Pears Hélėne Day

March 16:

National Artichoke Hearts Day

March 17:

National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day (while unofficial, it’s a great day to enjoy Irish soda bread, too)

March 18:

National Sloppy Joe Day

Chocolate caramel cupcakes

Caramel chocolate cupcakes via Bluprint member happyseamstress

March 19:

National Poultry Day

National Chocolate Caramel Day

March 20:

National Bock Beer Day

National Ravioli Day

March 21:

California Strawberry Day

National French Bread Day

March 22:

National Water Day

March 23:

National Chip and Dip Day

National Melba Toast Day

March 24:

Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

March 25:

National Lobster Newburg Day

March 26:

National Spinach Day

March 27:

National Spanish Paella Day

March 28:

National Black Forest Cake Day

Something on a Stick Day

March 29:

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

March 30:

National Turkey Neck Soup Day

Clams on the Half Shell Day

March 31:

National Clams on the Half Shell Day

National Oranges and Lemons Day

National Tater Day

Food Holidays April

Empanadas via Bluprint member Bonnie McNabb Myzska 


April is:

  • National BLT Sandwich Month
  • National Florida Tomato Month
  • National Garlic Month
  • National Grilled Cheese Month
  • National Soft Pretzel Month
  • National Soy Foods Month

Food holidays in April:

April 1:

National Sourdough Bread Day

April 2:

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 3:

National Chocolate Mousse Day

April 4:

National Cordon Bleu Day

April 5:

National Caramel Day

National Raisin and Spice Bar Day

April 6:

National Caramel Popcorn Day

April 7:

National Coffee Cake Day

April 8:

National Empanada Day

April 9:

Chinese Almond Cookie Day

April 10:

National Cinnamon Crescent Day

April 11:

National Cheese Fondue Day

April 12:

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

National Licorice Day

April 13: 

National Peach Cobbler Day

April 14:

National Pecan Day

April 15:

National Glazed Spiral Ham Day

April 16:

National Eggs Benedict Day (be sure to use perfectly poached eggs)

April 17:

National Cheese Ball Day

April 18:

National Animal Crackers Day

National Raw Milk Appreciation Day

April 19:

National Garlic Day

National Amaretto Day

April 20:

National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

National Lima Bean Day

April 21:

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 Zucchini Bread Day

April 26:

National Pretzel Day

April 27:

National Prime Rib Day

Blueberry pie

Wild blueberry moon pie via Bluprint member SiValEngr

April 28:

National Blueberry Pie Day

April 29:

National Shrimp Scampi Day

April 30: 

National Oatmeal Cookie Day

National Raisin Day

Food Holidays May

Barbecue chicken via Bluprint member debs121212


May is:

  • National Asparagus Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Chocolate Custard Month
  • National Egg Month
  • National Gazpacho Aficionado Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Salad Month
  • National Salsa Month
  • National Strawberry Month
  • National Vinegar Month

Food holidays in May:

May 1:

National Chocolate Parfait Day

May 2:

National Truffle Day (Chocolate truffles, that is)

May 3:

National Chocolate Custard Day

May 4:

National Homebrew Day

National Orange Juice Day

National Candied Orange Peel Day

May 5:

Cinco De Mayo

National Enchilada Day

May 6:

National Crepes Suzette Day

National No Diet Day

Roast leg of lamb

Roast leg of lamb via Bluprint instructor Georgeanne Brennan

May 7:

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

May 8:

National Coconut Cream Pie Day

May 9:

National Moscato Day

May 10:

National Shrimp Day

May 11:

Eat What You Want Day

May 12:

National Nutty Fudge Day

May 13:

National Apple Pie Day

National Fruit Cocktail Day

May 14:

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

May 15:

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

May 16:

National Coquilles St. Jacques Day

May 17:

National Cherry Cobbler Day

World Baking Day

May 18:

National Cheese Soufflé Day

May 19:

National Devil’s Food Cake Day

May 20:

National Quiche Lorraine Day

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 Wine Day

May 26:

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

National Cherry Dessert Day

May 27: 

National Grape Popsicle Day

May 28:

National Brisket Day

National Hamburger Day

May 29: 

National Coq Au Vin Day

May 30: 

National Mint Julep Day

May 31:

National Macaroon Day

Food Holidays June


June is:

  • National Candy Month
  • National Dairy Month
  • National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month
  • National Iced Tea Month
  • National Papaya Month
  • National Steak House Month
  • National Turkey Lover’s Month (why June? Learn more here)

Food holidays in June:

June 1:

National Hazelnut Cake Day

June 2:

National Rocky Road Day (ice cream)

June 3:

National Doughnut Day (2016; first friday)

National Egg Day

June 4:

National Cognac Day

June 5:

National Ketchup Day

Note: According to some sources, it is also National Gingerbread Day, too. But it seems more likely that it is celebrated on November 21.

June 6:

National Applesauce Cake 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 Herbs and Spices Day

National Black Cow Day

June 11:

National German Chocolate Cake Day

June 12:

International Falafel Day

National Jerky Day

National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

June 13: 

National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

June 14:

National Strawberry Shortcake Day

June 15:

National Lobster Day (also observed on September 25)

June 16:

National Fudge Day

June 17: 

National Apple Strudel Day

National Eat Your Vegetables Day

June 18:

International Sushi Day

June 19:

National Dry Martini Day

June 20:

National Vanilla Milkshake Day

June 21:

National Peaches and Cream Day

June 22: 

National Éclair Day

National Onion Rings Day

June 23:

National Pecan Sandy Day

June 24:

National Pralines Day

June 25: 

National Catfish Day

National Strawberry Parfait Day

Chocolate pudding

Photo via Bluprint blog

June 26:

National Chocolate Pudding Day

June 27:

National Orange Blossom Day

June 28:

National Ceviche Day

National Tapioca Day

June 29:

National Almond Buttercrunch Day

June 30: 

National Ice Cream Soda Day (some sources cite this as June 20; why not celebrate both?)

Food Holidays July


July is:

  • National Baked Bean Month
  • National Bison Month
  • National Culinary Arts Month
  • National Grilling Month
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Ice cream month

Food holidays in July:

July 1:

National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day

National Gingersnap Day

July 2:

National Anisette Day

July 3:

National Chocolate Wafer Day

National Eat Your Beans Day

July 4:

National Barbecued Spareribs Day 

National Caesar Salad Day

July 5:

National Apple Turnover Day

July 6:

National Fried Chicken Day

July 7:

National Macaroni Day

National Strawberry Sundae Day

Chocolate almond petits fours

Chocolate almond petits fours via Bluprint blog

July 8:

Chocolate With Almonds Day

July 9:

National Sugar Cookie Day

July 10:

National Pick Blueberries Day

National Piña Colada Day

July 11:

National Blueberry Muffin Day

National Mojito Day

July 12:

National Pecan Pie Day

July 13:

National Beans ‘N Franks Day

National French Fries Day

July 14:

National Grand Marnier Day

July 15:

National Gummi Worm Day

National Tapioca Pudding Day (not to be confused with National Tapioca Day, which falls on June 28)

July 16:

National Fresh Spinach Day (some say it’s in March; why not celebrate twice?)

July 17:

National Peach Ice Cream Day

July 18:

National Caviar Day

July 19:

National Daiquiri Day

July 20:

National Lollipop Day

July 21:

National Junk Food Day

July 22:

National Penuche Fudge Day

July 23:

National Hot Dog Day

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24:

National Tequila Day

July 25: 

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

July 26:

National Coffee Milkshake Day

July 27:

National Creme Brûlée Day

National Scotch Day

July 28:

National Milk Chocolate Day

July 29:

National Lasagna Day

July 30:

National Cheesecake Day

July 31:

National Jump for Jelly Beans Day

National Raspberry Cake Day

Food Holidays August


August is:

  • National Brownies at Brunch Month
  • National Catfish Month
  • National Goat Cheese Month
  • National Panini Month
  • National Peach Month
  • National Sandwich Month

Food holidays in August:

August 1:

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

Augst 2: 

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 3:

National Grab Some Nuts Day

National Watermelon Day

August 4:

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (also celebrated on May 15)

August 5:

National Oyster Day

August 6:

National Root Beer Float Day

August 7:

National Raspberries in Cream Day

August 8:

National Frozen Custard Day

National Zucchini Day

August 9:

National Rice Pudding Day

August 10:

National S’mores Day

August 11:

National Raspberry Tart Day

August 12:

National Julienne Fries Day

August 13: 

National Filet Mignon Day

August 14:

Creamsicle Day

August 15:

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

Julia Child’s birthday

August 16:

National Bratwurst Day

National Rum Day

August 17: 

National Vanilla Custard Day

August 18:

National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day

August 19:

National Hot and Spicy Food Day

August 20:

National Lemonade Day

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

August 21: 

National Spumoni Day

National Sweet Tea Day

August 22:

National Eat a Peach Day

National Pecan Torte Day (some sources cite this as August 21, as well)

August 23: 

National Sponge Cake Day

August 24:

National Peach Pie Day

National Waffle Day

August 25: 

National Banana Split Day

National Whiskey Sour Day

August 26:

National Cherry Popsicle Day

August 27:

National Pots de Creme Day

National Banana Lover’s Day

August 28:

National Cherry Turnover Day

August 29:

National More Herbs, Less Salt Day (a great day to make a bouquet garni!)

National Chop Suey Day

National Lemon Juice Day (a key ingredient in our Lemon Brownies recipe)

August 30:

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 31:

National Eat Outside Day

National Trail Mix Day

Food Holidays September

Photo via Bluprint blog


September is:

  • California Wine Month
  • National Biscuit Month
  • National Bourbon Heritage Month
  • National Breakfast Month
  • National Chicken Month
  • National Honey Month
  • National Mushroom Month
  • National Potato Month
  • National Rice Month
  • National Whole Grains Month
  • Food holidays in September:

September 1:

National Cherry Popover Day

National Gyro Day

September 2:

National Blueberry Popsicle Day

September 3:

National Welsh Rarebit Day

September 4:

National Macadamia Day

Cheese pizza

Cheese pizza via Bluprint member alkaabial1340722

September 5:

National Cheese Pizza Day

September 6:

National Coffee Ice Cream Day

September 7:

National Acorn Squash Day

September 8:

National Date Nut Bread Day (some sources say it’s December 22)

September 9:

National Wiener Schnitzel Day

September 10:

National TV Dinner 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

National Eat a Hoagie Day

September 15:

National Linguine Day

September 16:

National Guacamole Day

September 17:

National Apple Dumpling Day

September 18:

National Cheeseburger Day

September 19:

National Butterscotch Pudding Day

September 20:

National Rum Punch Day

September 21:

National Banana Festival Day

National Pecan Cookie Day (our snowball recipe is rich in pecans)

September 22:

National Ice Cream Cone Day

National White Chocolate Day

September 23:

National Great American Pot Pie Day

September 24:

National Cherries Jubilee Day

September 25:

National Crab Newburg Day

National Lobster Day

September 26:

National Dumpling Day 

September 27:

National Chocolate Milk Day

September 28:

National Drink Beer Day

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

September 29: 

National Coffee Day

September 30:

National Hot Mulled Cider Day

October Food Holidays


October is:

  • National Apple Month 
  • National Applejack Month
  • National Caramel Month
  • National Chili Month
  • National Cookie Month
  • National Country Ham Month
  • National Dessert Month
  • National Pasta Month
  • National Pickled Peppers Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Popcorn Month
  • National Pork Month
  • National Pretzel Month
  • National Seafood Month
  • National Vegetarian Awareness Month

Food holidays in October:

October 1:

World Vegetarian Day

October 2:

National Fried Scallops Day

Caramel custard

Photo via Bluprint blog

October 3:

National Caramel Custard Day

October 4:

National Taco Day

National Vodka Day

October 5:

National Apple Brown Betty Day

October 6:

National Noodle Day

October 7:

National Frappe Day

October 8:

National Pierogi Day

October 9: 

National Moldy Cheese Day

National Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day

October 10:

National Angel Food Cake Day

October 11:

National Sausage Pizza Day

October 12:

National Gumbo Day

October 13:

National Yorkshire Pudding Day

October 14:

National Chocolate Covered Insect Day

National Dessert Day

October 15:

National Chicken Cacciatore Day

National Mushroom Day

National Roast Pheaseant Day

October 16:

National Liqueur Day

October 17:

National Pasta Day

National Four Prunes 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

National Canning Day

October 24:

National Bologna Day

National Good and Plenty Day

October 25:

National Greasy Foods Day

October 26:

National Pumpkin Day

October 27:

American Beer Day

October 28:

National Chocolate Day

National Wild Foods Day

October 29:

National Oatmeal Day

October 30:

National Candy Corn Day

October 31:

National Candy Apple Day


November food holidays


November is:

  • Georgia Pecan Month
  • National Fun with Fondue Month
  • National Good Nutrition Month
  • National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
  • National Pepper Month
  • National Pomegranate Month
  • National Raisin Bread Month
  • World Vegan Month

Food holidays in November:

November 1:

National Bison Day

National Deep Fried Clams Day

National Vinegar Day

November 2:

National Deviled Egg Day

November 3:

National Sandwich Day

November 4:

National Candy Day

November 5:

National Doughnut Day (yep – again! Here’s why there are two National Doughnut Days)

National Stout Day (beer)

November 6:

National Nachos Day

November 7:

National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day

November 8:

National Cappuccino Day

National Harvey Wallbanger Day

November 9:

National Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day

National Scrapple Day

November 10:

National Vanilla Cupcake Day

November 11:

National Sundae Day

November 12:

Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day

November 13:

National Indian Pudding Day

November 14:

National Pickle Day

November 15:

National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

November 16:

National Fast Food Day


Baklava with walnuts via Bluprint member Petronela

November 17:

National Baklava Day

National Homemade Bread Day

November 18:

National Vichyssoise Day

November 19:

National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day

November 20:

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

November 21:

National Gingerbread Day (some sources say it is June 5, though this date seems more likely)

National Stuffing Day

November 22:

National Cashew Day

November 23:

National Espresso Day

National Eat a Cranberry Day

November 24:

National Sardines Day

November 25:

National Parfait Day

November 26: 

National Cake Day

November 27:

National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

November 28:

National French Toast Day

November 29:

National Lemon Cream Pie Day

November 30:

National Mousse Day

December Food Holidays


December is:

  • National Eggnog Month
  • National Fruit Cake Month

Food holidays in December:

December 1:

National Eat a Red Apple Day

December 2:

National Fritter Day

December 3:

National Peppermint Latte Day

December 4:

National Cookie Day

December 5:

National Sacher Torte Day

Repeal Day (celebrating anniversary of the end of Prohibition)

December 6:

National Gazpacho Day

National Microwave Oven Day (a great day for microwave cake in a mug)

December 7:

National Cotton Candy Day

December 8:

National Chocolate Brownie Day

December 9:

World Pastry Day

December 10:

National Lager Day (beer)

December 11:

National Noodle Ring Day

December 12:

National Cocoa Day

December 13:

National Ice Cream and Violins Day

December 14:

National Bouillabasse day

December 15:

National Cupcake Day

December 16:

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 17:

National Maple Syrup Day

December 18:

National Roast Suckling Pig Day

December 19:

National Hard Candy Day

December 20:

National Sangria Day

December 21:

National Fried Shrimp Day

National Kiwi Fruit Day

December 22:

National Date Nut Bread Day (Some sources say it’s September 8)

December 23:

National Pfefferneuse Day

December 24:

National Eggnog Day

Feast of the Seven Fishes

December 25:

National Pumpkin Pie Day (yes, really)

Christmas Day

December 26:

National Candy Cane Day

December 27:

National Fruit Cake Day

December 28:

National Chocolate Candy Day

December 29:

National Pepper Pot Soup Day

December 30:

National Bacon Day (though some say it is celebrated in September)

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day (Baking Soda Day)

December 31:

National Champagne Day

Which of these national food holidays will you celebrate?

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