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August

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    The Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show is held the first Tuesday of every August (between 1st and 7th August) at Egton Bridge, North Yorkshire, England. The show is both an exhibition and a contest.
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    Lughnasadh marks the start of autumn in the Celtic calendar, and the start of the harvest season for grain. It's an ancient pagan celebration that was held in Ireland and other Celtic countries.
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    Lammas is an Irish holiday that follows the day after Lughnasadh. While Lughnasadh was merry-making, on Lammas thanks would be given for the coming grain harvest by prayers and offerings of bread.
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    The 4tth of August is the day to celebrate all things chocolate chip. The classic item of course is chocolate chip cookies, followed closely by chocolate chip muffins.
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    On this day in 1608, John Tradescant the younger was born in England. He's called the younger to distinguish him from his father, John Tradescant senior.
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    Sheboygan, Wisconsin (USA), on Lake Michigan holds a Bratwurst Festival (Brat Days) over the space of two days in August. It starts on the first Saturday in August (anywhere between August 1st and August 7th.) The festival is held at the Kiwanis Park and Fountain Park in Sheboygan (the Kiwanis Park location serves alcohol.) Many German immigrants settled here and throughout Wisconsin.
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    A Root Beer Float is a classic North American summer drink. It's a big, thick frosty mug of Root Beer with a big, creamy head of suds on it and ice cream in it.
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    In this day and age, thanks to exports and cargo jets criss-crossing the globe, it's possible to get raspberries at any time of year. But around this time in the northern hemisphere, raspberry season is at its peak.
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    Most people have no idea how cheesecake originated -- whether it's a product of 1950's kitchen kitsch, perhaps, or whether it's older... much older.
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    When's the last time you had a S'more? The 10th of August is the day to celebrate the gooey summer treat, consisting of melted marshmallow and chocolate on graham wafer. If you're camping, you can make the real McCoy, complete with smoky tones, over the campfire.
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    On this day in August, grouse season starts in England and Scotland. The date has been set in law since the Game Act of 1831.
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    The 12th of August is Kool Aid Day. It has been observed since at least 1994, when it was celebrated by the Pastime Car Show in Hastings, Nebraska, where Kool-Aid was invented in 1927.
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    The 13th of August is Filet Mignon Day; a day to gnosh into one of the most expensive cuts of beef around. It's extortionate in restaurants because you pay for the cachet of the name, but a bit more reasonable when picked up at the store to be tossed onto the backyard grill.
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    The 15th of August is Marymass in Scotland. It is a festival marking the start of the harvest.
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    Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.... Scarborough Faire in England was a real fair.
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    The 16th of August is the last day of the Palio held in Siena, Italy. The phrase means prize of the districts.
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    If you're in the northern hemisphere, your summer's almost over, and time's running out to sit outside in the nice weather and just enjoy a slice of Ice Cream Pie. Why not treat a friend to an Ice Cream Pie today -- and because no doubt your friend will protest at eating alone, you might as well get some for yourself, too.
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    The 19th of August is the birthday of Charles E. Hires.
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    It's the 19th of August -- you probably don't want to hear this, but summer's almost over. If you haven't had an ice cream cone yet this summer, there's not a lot of time left.
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    The 20th of August is Lemonade Day. Some people can use today as an activity day for children; the rest of us can use it as a day to catch a few hours sitting in the shade and sipping lemonade -- even if it is vodka-spiked for some people.
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    Today, 20th August, is the feast day for St Philbert, In England, his name was Anglicized to St Filbert. This day was just about the time, well, when the harvest for hazelnuts has traditionally begun in England (particularly Kent) as growers race to beat the squirrels to the nuts.
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    If you missed Soft Ice Cream Day two days ago, you have another excuse today to have ice cream. It's Spumoni Day, all day today! You have two choices: you can try the Italian dessert called Spumoni, which has some ice cream in it, or you can try the North American Ice Cream called Spumoni.
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    Fannie Merritt Farmer (1857–1915) opened her famous Boston cooking school on this date, 23 August, in 1902. Fannie managed the Boston Cooking School from 1891 to 1902.
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    What's a Sponge Cake? Is it the same as an Angel Food Cake, a Genoise or a Foam Cake? And what makes it spongey, anyway? You don't have to make one today, you can treat yourself to one from a bakery, whether a stand-alone bakery or an in-store bakery. And take a moment to learn the answers to the above questions, right here on CooksInfo.com.
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    Saint Bartholomew's Day is traditionally celebrated by eating watermelon. Saint Bartholomew is also the patron saint of Mead.
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    Go on, treat yourself today, because the 25th August is Banana Split Day. After all, how many times do you have a banana split? Even when they started out, at 10 cents each, they were still considered an expensive treat, and they still are now.
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    Good heavens, is that that time of year again already? The 27th of August, National Pots de Crème Day, has crept up on us once more! If time has flown so fast that the day has caught you off guard again, you could perhaps at least give a nod to the day with a small individual serving cup of flavoured yoghurt grabbed on the run. Or, at least you can learn a bit more about Pots de Crème today.
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    Only sour pusses would let this day go by without celebrating it. Lemon juice is the oddest juice.
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    Toasted Marshmallow Day is the 30th August. Marshmallows are traditionally toasted around a campfire, but you don't have to go camping to celebrate today.
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    The 31st of August is Trail Mix Day. Mix up your own Trail Mix, or buy it already mixed.
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