The Big Breakfast Day happens every February 27, and we count down to it every year. We love breakfast as much as the next person, but there’s something unique about this day. It honors a meal many consider the most important of the day. We think that’s pretty huge because it celebrates breakfast foods and snacks and encourages people to eat breakfast, something that many Americans and people from other nationalities skip for dietary reasons. We want to encourage everyone to start eating their breakfast again, and what better way to do that than by celebrating The Big Breakfast Day?
History of The Big Breakfast Day
What’s the first thing we do after waking up and checking our phones? We think about what we want for breakfast — and the options are endless! Sure, you have your classics, like cereal, toast, eggs, and bacon, but in true foodie spirit, you can give anything a breakfast twist. You can even have breakfast for dinner, or as the British call it, ‘brinner.’ It comes so naturally to us that we don’t even have to think about it. Most people can walk to the kitchen with their eyes closed to grab a bowl of cereal or dish up some yogurt and fruit.
Many of us have been conditioned to believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and nothing could be more accurate. It’s one of the most significant decisions you make because what you eat determines how energized and ready you are for the rest of your day. It’ll also help keep you full until lunchtime — nobody likes a growling tummy in the office. Even scientists and doctors still encourage having a hearty, healthy breakfast before starting our days.
The Big Breakfast Day was established by Jeffrey Arnold in 2020 and has since become one of our favorite days to celebrate annually. To commemorate this special day, have some celebratory mimosas with breakfast, tuck into a special sweet treat, or eat only breakfast dishes all day! But whatever you do, do it in the spirit of the most important meal of the day — even if you plan on having several of them.
The Big Breakfast Day timeline
Researcher and human sciences expert Thomas Wingfield declares that breakfast is a necessity.
Pilgrims from the Netherlands first introduce waffles to North Americans, changing how they eat breakfast forever.
Scholars discover that Egyptians were early risers and would drink coffee and smoke a pipe to start the day, with breakfast often consumed at noon.
Croissants become a staple in French breakfast cuisine.
Research shows that global cereal production is at a record 2,521 million tonnes.
The Big Breakfast Day FAQs
What is American breakfast food?
A typical North American breakfast includes eggs, breakfast meat (bacon, ham, scrapple, steak, or sausages), a type of potatoes (hash browns or fries), toast, or baked goods (muffins or bagels), fruit, and coffee.
What are continental breakfast items?
A continental breakfast is a light morning meal with pastries, baked goods, fruits, toast, and coffee. It is served buffet-style, following European breakfasts, such as those found in France or the Mediterranean.
What is another name for a full breakfast?
A full breakfast is considered a must-have in traditional British and Irish cuisine. Many British and Irish cafés and pubs serve the meal as an “all-day breakfast” at any time. Other variations reflect the locality and produce in the United Kingdom and Ireland, such as the ‘full Scottish,’ ‘full Welsh,’ ‘full Irish,’ and ‘Ulster fry.’
The Big Breakfast Day Activities
Make yourself breakfast in bed
Breakfast in bed is usually a special treat for our moms or significant others on their special days. But this Big Breakfast Day, we think you should reclaim breakfast in bed for yourself. Treat yourself by making your favorite breakfast snacks, arranging them on a tray, and enjoying them in bed with your favorite music or television show playing in the background.
Try a new breakfast meal
We all have go-to breakfast meals. It’s great to have that routine, but why not shake things up a bit, especially on a day when you can try various types of breakfast snacks? Think breakfast burrito instead of scrambled eggs or a healthy crepe instead of a basic pancake. The choice is yours, so go out of your comfort zone!
Share your breakfast with a friend
If you’re planning to have a friend visit you, make breakfast for two and share it with them. Sharing a meal is one of the ways we can show we love and care for someone, and what could be more fun than different breakfast-themed snacks? Count us in!
5 Facts About Breakfast From Around The World
Koreans have a breakfast feast
A traditional Korean breakfast consists of rice, soup, meat, and pickled vegetables or kimchi.
You’ll get breakfast bread in Turkey
Turkey has the highest bread consumption rate globally — not a surprise considering most Turkish breakfasts traditionally include bread.
Brazilians have cake for breakfast
Brazilians get their caffeine fix with a quick breakfast of skillet-toasted French rolls or pound cakes baked in ring pans for those with sweet tooths.
Order toast with sprinkles in the Netherlands
A typical Dutch breakfast includes toast topped with candied sprinkles.
Eat fish for breakfast in Japan
The Japanese start their day with a hearty breakfast of miso soup, tofu, and proteins, like fish or eggs.
Why We Love The Big Breakfast Day
Learning about breakfast from other countries is fun
One of the best ways to learn about different cultures and countries is through what they eat. We love celebrating The Big Breakfast Day because it encourages people to find new ways to enjoy breakfast. We can find so many interesting, tasty dishes to kickstart our days.
Breakfast should never be compromised
People who eat breakfast regularly are more likely to engage in physical activity. They have better dietary profiles and consume fewer snacks. We love that breakfast can boost our energy and drive us to navigate through busy days, and we want to encourage everyone to eat breakfast every morning to gain the strength and focus they need.
Making breakfast an occasion gives us joy
By upgrading simple, mundane activities, we can make our days more special. Think about how your day will change if you make breakfast an occasion, putting in a little extra effort in the mornings to ensure you have a beautifully cooked meal or snack to start your day. There is nothing better. By doing small things to make our routines more special, we give ourselves more joy.
The Big Breakfast Day dates