Food Holidays

If you’re looking for an excuse to cheat on your diet, we have just the thing. National Today has 208 food holidays, ranging from National Pie Day (Jan. 23) to National Fried Chicken Day (Jul. 6), and every sweet, savory, and saliva-inducing treat in between.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Jan. 4

National Spaghetti DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 5

National Whipped Cream DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 6

National Bean DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 11

National Milk DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 14

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 16

National Fig Newton DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 19

National Popcorn DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 20

National Cheese Lover's DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 22

National Blonde Brownie DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 23

National Pie DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 24

National Peanut Butter DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 27

National Chocolate Cake DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 30

National Croissant DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 4

National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 6

National Frozen Yogurt DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 7

National Fettuccine Alfredo DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 9

National Bagel DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 9

National Pizza DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 12

National Plum Pudding DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 13

National Tortellini DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 16

National Almond DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 20

National Muffin DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 21

National Sticky Bun DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 23

National Chili DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 24

National Tortilla Chip DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 25

National Clam Chowder DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 26

National Pistachio DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 27

National Pancake DayFoodU.S.

Feb. 28

National Chocolate Souffle DayFoodU.S.

Mar. 1

National Peanut Butter Lover's DayFoodU.S.

Mar. 6

National Frozen Food DayFoodU.S.

Mar. 6

National Oreo Cookie DayBrand, FoodU.S.

Mar. 7

National Cereal DayFood, HealthU.S.

Mar. 9

National Meatball DayFoodU.S.

Mar. 10

National Pack Your Lunch DayFood, FunU.S.

Mar. 14

National Potato Chip DayFoodU.S.

Mar. 16

National Artichoke DayFoodU.S.

Mar. 17

National Corn Dog DayFoodU.S.

Mar. 19

National Poultry DayFoodU.S.

Mar. 21

National French Bread DayFoodU.S.

Mar. 24

National Cheesesteak DayFoodU.S.

Mar. 25

International Waffle DayFood, InternationalWorld

Mar. 26

National Spinach DayFoodU.S.

Mar. 27

National Spanish Paella DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 2

National Peanut Butter and Jelly DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 5

National Burrito DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 5

National Deep Dish Pizza DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 8

National Empanada DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 12

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 13

National Make Lunch Count DayFood, FunU.S.

Apr. 17

National Cheeseball DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 19

National Garlic DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 22

National Jelly Bean DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 24

National Pigs in a Blanket DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 26

National Pretzel DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 27

National Prime Rib DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 29

National Shrimp Scampi DayFoodU.S.

Apr. 30

National Raisin DayFoodU.S.

May 5

Cinco de MayoDrinking, FoodMexico, U.S.

May 5

National Hoagie DayFoodU.S.

May 10

National Shrimp DayFoodU.S.

May 11

National Eat What You Want DayFoodU.S.

May 13

International Hummus DayFood, InternationalU.S.

May 13

National Apple Pie DayFoodU.S.

May 13

National Fruit Cocktail DayFoodU.S.

May 14

National Buttermilk Biscuit DayFoodU.S.

May 15

National Chocolate Chip DayFoodU.S.

May 17

National Walnut DayFoodU.S.

May 18

National Pizza Party DayFoodU.S.

May 19

National Devil's Food Cake DayFoodU.S.

May 23

National Taffy DayFoodU.S.

May 28

National Brisket DayFoodU.S.

May 28

National Hamburger DayFoodU.S.

May 31

National Macaroon DayFoodU.S.

Jun. 1

National Donut DayFoodU.S.

Jun. 1

National Olive DayFoodU.S.

Jun. 3

National Egg DayFoodU.S.

Jun. 4

National Cheese DayFoodU.S.

Jun. 7

National Chocolate Ice Cream DayFoodU.S.

Jun. 11

National Corn on the Cob DayFoodU.S.

Jun. 16

National Fudge DayFoodU.S.

Jun. 17

National Eat Your Vegetables DayFoodU.S.

Jun. 18

International Sushi DayFood, InternationalU.S.

Jun. 22

National Onion Ring DayFoodU.S.

Jun. 26

National Chocolate Pudding DayFoodU.S.

Jun. 28

National Tapioca DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 6

National Fried Chicken DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 7

National Strawberry Sundae DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 9

National Sugar Cookie DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 12

National Eat Your Jello DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 13

National French Fry DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 14

National Mac and Cheese DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 15

National Ice Cream DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 16

National Corn Fritter DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 18

National Caviar DayFoodWorld

Jul. 18

National Hot Dog DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 20

National Lollipop DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 21

National Junk Food DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 24

National Drive-Thru DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 25

National Hot Fudge Sundae DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 25

National Wine and Cheese DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 26

National Chili Dog DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 26

National Coffee Milkshake DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 27

National Creme Brûlée DayFoodFrance, U.S.

Jul. 28

National Milk Chocolate DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 29

National Chicken Wing DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 29

National Lasagna DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 30

National Cheesecake DayFoodU.S.

Jul. 31

National Avocado DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 2

National Ice Cream Sandwich DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 3

National Watermelon DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 4

National Chocolate Chip Cookie DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 4

National Mustard DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 6

Northern Territory Picnic DayDrinking, FoodAustralia

Aug. 6

Provincial DayDrinking, Family, Food, FunCanada

Aug. 17

Gold Cup ParadeFamily, Food, Fun, SportsCanada

Aug. 18

National Fajita DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 19

National Potato DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 20

National Lemonade DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 23

National Sponge Cake DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 24

National Waffle DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 25

National Banana Split DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 29

National Lemon Juice DayFoodU.S.

Aug. 31

National Trail Mix DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 2

World Coconut DayFoodWorld

Sep. 5

National Cheese Pizza DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 9

National Wiener Schnitzel DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 13

National Peanut DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 15

National Linguine DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 16

National Guacamole DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 18

National Cheeseburger DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 20

National Pepperoni Pizza DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 22

National Ice Cream Cone DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 22

World Plant Milk DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 24

National Cherries Jubilee DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 25

National Cooking DayFood, FunU.S.

Sep. 25

National Lobster DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 26

National Pancake DayFoodU.S.

Sep. 28

AFL Grand Final FridayDrinking, Family, Food, SportsAustralia

Sep. 28

German Sandwich DayFoodWorld

Oct. 1

International Coffee DayFood, InternationalWorld

Oct. 1

National Homemade Cookies DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 1

World Vegetarian DayFoodWorld

Oct. 4

National Crunchy Taco DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 4

National Taco DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 6

National Noodle DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 8

National Pierogi DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 11

National Sausage Pizza DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 14

National Dessert DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 17

National Pasta DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 18

National Chocolate Cupcake DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 21

International Day of the NachoFood, InternationalWorld

Oct. 22

National Nut DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 23

National Boston Cream Pie DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 24

National Bologna DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 25

National Greasy Foods DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 25

World Pasta DayFoodWorld

Oct. 26

National Pumpkin DayFoodU.S.

Oct. 28

National Chocolate DayFoodU.S.

Nov. 1

National Men Make Dinner DayFood, RelationshipsU.S.

Nov. 1

National Vinegar DayFoodU.S.

Nov. 3

National Sandwich DayFoodU.S.

Nov. 4

National Candy DayFoodU.S.

Nov. 6

National Nachos DayFoodU.S.

Nov. 10

National Vanilla Cupcake DayFoodU.S.

Nov. 11

National Sundae DayFoodU.S.

Nov. 14

National Pickle DayFoodU.S.

Nov. 21

National Stuffing DayFoodU.S.

Nov. 22

ThanksgivingFederal, FoodU.S.

Nov. 26

National Cake DayFoodU.S.

Nov. 28

National French Toast DayFoodU.S.

Nov. 29

National Lemon Cream Pie DayFoodU.K.

Dec. 4

National Cookie DayFoodU.S.

Dec. 6

National Gazpacho DayFoodU.S.

Dec. 8

National Brownie DayFoodU.S.

Dec. 9

National Pastry DayFoodU.S.

Dec. 12

National Gingerbread House DayFood, FunU.S.

Dec. 13

National Ice Cream DayFoodU.S.

Dec. 15

National Cupcake DayFoodU.S.

Dec. 16

National Chocolate Covered Anything DayFoodU.S.

Dec. 17

National Maple Syrup DayFoodU.S.

Dec. 19

National Hard Candy DayFoodU.S.

Dec. 22

National Cookie Exchange DayFood, FunU.S.

Dec. 27

National Fruitcake DayFoodU.S.

Dec. 30

National Bacon DayFoodU.S.

January

National Hot Tea MonthFoodU.S.

January

National Oatmeal MonthFoodU.S.

January

National Slow Cooking MonthFoodU.S.

January

National Soup MonthFoodU.S.

February

Great American Pie MonthFoodU.S.

February

National Bake For Family Fun MonthFamily, FoodU.S.

February

National Cherry MonthFoodU.S.

February

National Grapefruit MonthFoodU.S.

February

National Hot Breakfast MonthFoodU.S.

March

National Celery MonthFoodU.S.

March

National Flour MonthFoodU.S.

March

National Frozen Food MonthFoodU.S.

March

National Noodle MonthFoodU.S.

March

National Nutrition MonthFoodU.S.

March

National Peanut MonthFoodU.S.

March

National Sauce MonthFoodU.S.

April

National Pecan MonthFoodU.S.

April

National Soft Pretzel MonthFoodU.S.

April

National Soy Foods MonthFoodU.S.

May

National Barbecue MonthFoodU.S.

May

National Egg MonthFoodU.S.

June

National Candy MonthFoodU.S.

July

National Ice Cream MonthFoodU.S.

November

National Split Pea Soup WeekFoodU.S.

Where did food holidays come from?

With 208 days in question, the short answer is food holidays come from all over the place.

The aforementioned National Pie Day was created in 1986 by the American Pie Council — a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving America's pie-making traditions— and has taken place every year since. National Men Make Dinner Day (Nov. 1st) was started by Canadian radio host Sandy Sharkey, with an important message about gender roles in mind. And no prizes for guessing the force behind National Oreo Cookie Day (March 6th).

Though culinary holidays come from a mixture of organizations, influencers, and brands, they offer a common message — food unites. Food holidays are an excuse for folks from all cultures and walks of life to bond over a shared palette, and enjoy each other's company.

So throw on your apron, pre-heat your oven, and join us in celebrating the role food plays in good living.

Submit your favorite food holidays

Is there a food holiday you don't see represented in our list? Please shoot over your proposed holiday to our curators, at our holiday submission page. We do ask you to share a little bit of information about the holiday before we accept the tip. Has the holiday received previous coverage? Is it shared on social media? If your holiday makes the grade, we'd love to hear from you!

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