That little factoid sent me on a search...and after typing in "national food holidays" and clicking SEARCH this is what I found: an entire year's worth of days dedicated to celebrating food. And not good food. Here's the lineup for January.
January 2 National Buffet Day
January 2 National Cream Puff Day
January 3 National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
January 4 National Spaghetti Day
January 5 National Whipped Cream Day
January 6 National Shortbread Day
January 7 National Tempura Day
January 8 National English Toffee Day
January 9 National Apricot Day
January 10 National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 12 National Marzipan Day
January 13 National Peach Melba Day
January 14 National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
January 15 National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 16 National Fig Newton Day
January 20 National Buttercrunch Day
January 20 National Cheese Lover's Day
January 21 National Granola Bar Day
January 22 National Blonde Brownie Day
January 23 National Pie Day
January 23 National Rhubarb Pie Day
January 24 National Peanut Butter Day
January 25 National Irish Coffee Day
January 26 National Peanut Brittle Day
January 26 National Pistachio Day
January 28 National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29 National Cornchip Day
January 30 National Croissant Day
January 31 National Popcorn Day
Now I can get behind National Pistachio Day or National Apricot Day. August 5th is Mustard Day. Mustard glazed beef shortribs anyone? Yes, please.
But National Cornchip Day...National Blonde Brownie Day...National Bologna Day?!? Yuck. And surprisingly October was not National Pumpkin Month. It was, however, designated as National Applejack Month, National Cookie Month, and National Pizza Month.
Maybe I'll make a real food calendar of days. National Chard Day. National Artichoke Day. National Eggplant Day...I wonder if anyone would celebrate with me.
And don't get me wrong, as much as I am ridiculing this idea of American national food holidays, I will be making some lobster bisque for dinner tonight. I'm not against celebrating a food as long as it's a real food. Look for my lobster bisque recipe later. If I'm feeling really energetic, I might whip up a lobster pot pie, too.