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Food holidays in different countries

Food holidays in different countries for 2020-2021 year
The first thing that springs to mind when you think of holidays is…food. It’s hard to envision any celebration without food. But some went further and set aside some days (a lot of days, actually) to celebrate food itself. Indeed, no one would argue that food itself is worth celebrating. So, here’s a list of days designated by different countries to celebrate, commemorate or acknowledge certain types of food and dishes.

A list of Food Holidays in different countries for 2020-2021 year

January 2020

February 2020

Monday 10 February - World Pulses Day (UN: A/RES/73/251. Dried beans, lentils and peas are the most commonly known and consumed types of pulses. Pulses are a type of leguminous crop that are harvested solely for the dry seed.); National Cream Cheese Brownie Day and National “Have a Brownie” Day in USA
Saturday 15 February - National Gumdrop Day in USA; February Restaurant Day (is occurs once per season. The third Saturday of February, May, August, and November)
Saturday 29 February - National Frog Legs Day in USA (only occurs during Leap Year)

March 2020

Sunday 1 March - Beer Day in Iceland (marked the end of beer prohibition in 1989. Bjórdagurinn or Bjordagur); National Pig Day, Fruit Compote Day and National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day in United States; Time for a Cuppa in England (gather your friends and family on a cup for a cup of tea, a piece of cake and a nose - all for good reason!); Nutrition Month in Canada and USA
Friday 20 March - National Ravioli Day, Steak and Knobber Day in USA; International Without Meat Day (This holiday was observed for the first time in 1985 in the USA as Great American Meatout); International Macaroon Day (macaroon is a French confectionery made from egg whites, sugar and ground almonds. Usually made in the form of cookies; put cream or jam between two layers); Great American Meatout
Saturday 21 March - National French Bread Day and National Crunchy Taco Day in USA; National Corndog Day or Corn Dog Day in US (observed the third Saturday in March since 1992); Taste Hong Kong (A four-day holiday in the open. Real foodies will appreciate the Gastronomic Festival in Hong Kong)
Friday 27 March - International whisk (e)y day; Spanish Paella Day (is a traditional Spanish dish, made with rice, meat or fish, and a delicious sauce)

April 2020

Friday 10 April - National Cinnamon Crescent Day in USA (remember that cinnamon is a good source of manganese, fiber, iron and calcium)
Friday 17 April - Malbec World Day (Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. MWD is celebrated to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry. On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines); National Cheeseball Day in USA; National Espresso Day in Italy
Thursday 23 April - German Beer Day in Germany; Bermuda Pepper Day (The Bermuda Peppercorn Ceremony is an event that occurs every year in April. King’s Square in the town of St. George, Bermuda becomes the site where the Masonic Brothers of Lodge St. George pay the annual rent of one peppercorn); National Cherry Cheesecake Day and National Picnic Day in USA

May 2020

Friday 1 May - International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day; National Chocolate Parfait Day in USA; School Lunch Hero Day in USA (Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes)
Monday 4 May - World Give Day (is one day a year when people all over the world come together to support the causes they care about most. Whether you donate to your favorite non-profit, a person in your community, or give some of your time, World Give Day is a day to focus on giving back); National Candied Orange Peel Day in USA
Saturday 16 May - World Whisky Day (Third Saturday of May); National Barbecue Day and Pizza Party Day in USA; May Restaurant Day (is occurs once per season. The third Saturday of February, May, August, and November); Bread Festival in France
Monday 25 May - National Brown-Bag-It Day and National Wine Day in USA; Urbanas Day in Latvia (Urbanas diena - an ancient tradition-festival. The date was considered the most successful day for growing oats, barley, flax and cucumbers)
Friday 29 May - World Digestive Health Day (On the 29th of May 1958, the last day of the First World Congress of Gastroenterology which took place in Washington, an assembly of distinguished gastroenterologists announced the foundation of the World Gastroenterology Organisation was born.); National Biscuit Day in USA

June 2020

Monday 1 June - World Milk Day (is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001); National Hazelnut Cake Day in USA
Thursday 4 June - National Cheese Day in USA (52% of Americans believe cheeses are interchangeable in recipes, and 28% say they switch cheeses because they like to experiment with the flavors different cheeses offer); National Cheesemakers Day in US
Thursday 18 June - Sustainable Gastronomy Day (The UN General Assembly adopted on 21 December 2016 its resolution A/RES/71/246 and designated 18 June as an international observance, Sustainable Gastronomy Day); International Bazaar (UN); International Picnic Day; National Cherry Tart Day and Sushi Day in USA

July 2020

Saturday 11 July - Free Slurpee Day (Participating stores of the 7-Eleven chain in North America); National Blueberry Muffin Day and National Mojito Day in USA
Wednesday 15 July - National Tapioca Pudding Day and National Gummy Worm Day in USA; National Hot Dog Day in USA (While it’s unclear exactly when the hot dog was invented, many people attribute it to sausages developed during the 13th century in Germany)
Saturday 18 July - Hot Dog Day (United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. It has been celebrated since 1971, when students first proposed it. Hot Dog Day itself is usually the third Saturday in April, although many students celebrate the entire "hot dog week", running from that Wednesday to that Sunday. July 18 – based on when the North American Meat Institute hosts its annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill.); National Caviar Day in USA
Wednesday 22 July - National Penuche Day in USA; Gladmat in Stavanger, Norway (One of Norway’s biggest and most important food festivals is taking place yearly in July, in Stavanger)

August 2020

Thursday 6 August - National IPA Day in USA (celebrates the beer known as India Pale Ale Beer and celebrated the first Thursday of every August); National Root Beer Float Day in USA
Friday 7 August - Raspberries and Cream Day in USA; International Beer Day (is a celebration on the first Friday of every August founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California by Jesse Avshalomov)
Sunday 9 August - Melon Day in Turkmenistan (celebrated on the second Sunday in August); National Rice Pudding Day in USA
Thursday 13 August - National Filet Mignon Day in USA; Hong Kong Food Festival (香港冬日美食節 - conducted since 2002 for five days)
Saturday 15 August - National Lemon Meringue Pie Day in USA (Julia Child’s Birthday - August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004 - was an American chef, author and television personality); August Restaurant Day (is occurs once per season. The third Saturday of February, May, August, and November)

September 2020

Saturday 19 September - National Coffee Day in Ireland; Cheese Days in Monroe, Wisconsin (The weekend long event typically occurs on the third weekend in September of even-numbered years in the historic downtown area known as “the Square”); National Butterscotch Pudding Day in USA; Oktoberfest

October 2020

Thursday 1 October - World Vegetarian Day (1977); National Coffee Day in Japan and Sri Lanka; National Pumpkin Spice Day in USA; International Coffee Day (At a meeting on 3–7 March 2014, a decision was taken by the International Coffee Organization to launch the first official International Coffee Day in Milan as part of Expo 2015); World Cocoa and Chocolate Day; World Vegetarian Day and International Vegetarian Week
Monday 12 October - Thanksgiving in Canada (observed on the second week in October); National Gumbo Day and Cookbook Launch Day in USA; National School Lunch Week in US (the second full week of October. President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom)
Saturday 17 October - Sweetest Day in Great Lakes region (is celebrated on the third Saturday in October); National Pasta Day in USA
Wednesday 21 October - International Day of the Nacho (nachos first appeared in 1943 in Piedras Negras, a small Mexican city which is very near to the U.S. military base Fort Duncan, in Texas); Apple Day (United Kingdom); National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day in USA
Thursday 29 October - National Oatmeal Day in USA; Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival (Hong Kong's largest and most popular event has been spending four days since the last Thursday of October)
Saturday 31 October - National Caramel Apple Day in USA; Rakfisk Festival in Fagernes, Norway (The Norwegian Rakfisk Festival in Fagernes is all about a semi-fermented trout called rakfisk, that has a unique flavor thanks to its long fermenting process)

November 2020

Sunday 15 November - National Bundt Day in USA (also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day and National Raisin Bran Cereal Day)
Saturday 21 November - National Gingerbread Cookie Day in USA; November Restaurant Day (is occurs once per season. The third Saturday of February, May, August, and November); World Fisheries Day

December 2020

Saturday 5 December - National Comfort Food Day and Repeal of Prohibition Day in USA (On December 5th, 1933, Utah, the final state needed for a three quarters majority, ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition and restoring the American right to a celebratory drink)

January 2021

How to celebrate food holidays

Well, treat yourself. There are more than 365 yummy excuses for cheating on your diet.
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