January 15th is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day. It would be un-American not to have some! Photo courtesy Buttercream Blondie.



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KAREN HOCHMAN is Editorial Director of THE NIBBLE.



March 2005
Updated October 2016

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American Food Holidays


Remember when you were a kid, and your mom brought home supermarket magazines that had meal plans for every day of the month? Well, we could print up meal plans just like—based on the day’s national food holiday. There’s a food honored just about every day of the year.

The real bonanza here is of course, not meal plans—but that you never again have to throw “just another party” or have friends over for an ordinary dinner. Just organize your evening or event around the official food that is being feted per order of the president of the United States (more about that below). Even on something as seemingly uninteresting as National Zucchini Day (August 8th), that means fun zucchini accents everywhere: zucchini crudités, a zucchini spear in the Bloody Mary instead of celery, julienned zucchini in the salad, zucchini lasagna, fried zucchini...even zucchini cake (like carrot cake) for dessert.

So pick a month—any month ... and start planning.

How Special Observance Days Are Determined

The President of the United States has the authority to declare a commemorative event or day by proclamation. Fewer than 150 are granted in an average year across all categories. While you may think the president has more important things to do, you may have noticed that while President Jed Bartlet was solving world crises on “The West Wing,” he was also being asked to sign proclamations to authorize National Pomegranate Month and such.

Petitions are introduced by constituents, trade associations or public relations firms to honor industries, events, professions, hobbies, etc. The Senate issue commemorative resolutions which do not have the force of law. Some state legislatures and governors proclaim special observance days, as do mayors of cities, which is why there can be a National Chocolate Day and a National Chocolate Month, as well as two National Guacamole Days—authorized at different levels of government. After the observance day has been authorized, it is up to the petitioner to promote it to the public. You can read more about it here.

Chase’s Calendar Of Events, published by McGraw Hill, is an official compendium of holidays worldwide. You can also apply to Chase’s for an official “event day,” and if they accept your holiday, they will publish it in their calendar.

Index Of Food Holidays By Month

October 18 is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Who can resist a small celebration (photo courtesy Carolina Cupcakery)?

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