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Escargot Day

Escargot Day

Escargot in garlic butter
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24 May

Escargot had their heyday in the 1970s, when everyone ate them with garlic butter and bought the Escargot dishes for home use (but couldn't actually bring themselves to go the next step and buy the slimy little critters for use in their own kitchen.)

You may wish to finally try cooking up Escargot in garlic sauce at home. Mind you, you could simmer golf balls in that sauce and they would taste good. You may even wish to hold a snail race before cooking up your meal; perhaps the winner gets set free in a neighbour's garden.

No doubt many gardeners would happily supply the Escargot enthusiasts amongst us with a lifetime supply of all the snails they can swallow (though you're best to give such offers a miss: like mushrooms, not all snails are considered good, or even safe, to eat.)

Many people will no doubt decide to give this entire day a miss. Some are so repulsed by the thought of "slimy snails" that they say it might as well be "National Eat-Your-Own-Snot Day."

A big promoter of the day is the Café Rouge chain in Scotland and England. They featured "Gratin d'escargots à l'ail" on their menus throughout May in 2006. They have promoted it since at least 2004. In 2005, British customers munched through over 12,000 of the critters.

See also:

All May food days

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Oulton, Randal. "Escargot Day." CooksInfo.com. Published 12 March 2004; revised 31 May 2009. Web. Accessed 03/17/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/escargot-day>.

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