The many food holidays of America

Almost every day is a holiday–for food, at least. Few days each month are missed throughout the calendar and many dates have two foods to celebrate. Today is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day and National Fruit Compote Day. Tomorrow is National Banana Cream Pie Day.

Perusing the dates, I was eager to get to my birthday, hoping for something appropriate like cheesecake or spaghetti. March 17? Nothing. My birthday is one of the two days skipped in March by the food celebrations. After this disappointing find, I decided to go through some of the Daily Campus staff to help them celebrate their birthdays more appropriately:

Taylor Adams, Editor-in-Chief (March 17): As mentioned, I’m deprived. (At least I have St. Pat’s).

Josh Parr, Managing Editor (June 10): Also nothing! (We’re not doing well so far…)

Meredith Shamburger, Online Editor (April 9): National Chinese Almond Cookie Day.

Sarah Kramer, News Editor (Aug. 20): National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day. (Too bad Sarah’s allergic to pecans).

Ashley Withers, Associate News Editor (June 6): National Applesauce Cake Day.
EJ Holland, Sports Editor (Nov. 5): National Donut Day. (Now that’s worth celebrating).

Jennifer Buntz, Associate Sports Editor (Sept. 14): National Cream-filled Donut Day. (What a coincidence for the sports and associate sports editors).

Lauren Smart, Arts and Entertainment Editor (Sept. 6): Another missed one. Sorry, Lauren.

Chase Wade, Associate A&E Editor (Oct. 30): National Candy Corn Day.

Adriana Martinez, Opinion Editor (Aug. 3): National Watermelon Day.

Michael Dearman, Associate Opinion Editor (May 6): National Crepe Suzette Day.

Michael Danser, Photo Editor (July 6): National Fried Chicken Day. (Probably the luckiest person on the staff list).

Jessica Huseman, Politics Editor (Feb. 11): National Peppermint Patty Day.

Katie Tufts, Health & Fitness Editor (Aug. 30): National Toasted Marshmallow Day.

Sarah Bray, Style Editor (Feb. 28): National Chocolate Souffle Day.

Helena Bologna, Layout Editor (Oct. 2): Bologna has her birthday to herself. (Actually, she shares it with Ghandi’s birthday).

Tashika Varma, Chief Copy Editor (Aug. 9): National Rice Pudding Day. (I’m sorry).

Bethany Suba, Copy Editor (Aug. 31): National Trail Mix Day.

Amanda Oldham, Copy Editor (Sept. 6): No! A fifth birthday without a celebration of food.

Katie Simon, Copy Editor (April 10): National Cinnamon Crescent Day.

Five of us, sadly, don’t have a food to celebrate on our birthdays. I personally think that the less sharing there is on my birthday is probably for the best anyway.

Random notes on food holidays in America:

  • Ninety days on the calendar are without a food holiday.
  • Twenty-five days have two foods to celebrate. Only one has three (Feb. 27: Chocolate cake, strawberry and Kahlua).
  • March 1 (National Peanut Butter Lovers Day) and January 20 (National Cheese Lovers Day) are the only holidays that have “lovers” included in the name.
  • Each month, except December, has at least one “National [insert food here] Month” attached to it.

Week-long holidays:

  • Feb. 19 – 25: National Pancake Week
  • April 12 – 18: National Egg Salad Week (Seriously?)
  • May 1 – 7: National Raisin Week
  • May 3 – 9: National Herb Week
  • Nov. 1 – 7: National Fig Week
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