What’s happening when and where in the world of food: a calendar of special food days.
Canada Day on the 1st of July celebrates the day that Canada became a country in 1867. It is a day for outdoor eating of summer food, whether the eating be at a picnic, on the back deck or while camping.
The 1st of July is Creative Ice Cream Flavours Day! It's a day to celebrate the more artisanal — or just plain odd — flavours and flavour combinations of ice cream.
The 1st of July is Moving Day in Québec, the day that most people move on. The person who is moving treats all the helpers to meals. People usually get food delivered or as take-away, typically pizza, submarines or chicken from the popular Québec chicken chain, St-Hubert.
The 2nd of July is World UFO Day — a day for everyone to act a bit spacey. A good day for pizza (because it's round), blue drinks, and alien-looking produce such as dragon fruit or kohlrabi.
The 3rd of July is the birthday of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, born on the 3rd of July, 1908, in Michigan. She wrote over 27 books on food.
The 4th of July celebrates the birth of the United States. While some countries celebrate their big day with military parades, the U.S. eats. Everywhere there will be hot dogs, picnics, salads, barbeques, brownies and pies.
The 5th of July is Graham Cracker Day. It is observed on the birthday of Sylvester Graham, who created the now-famous crackers.
The 6th of July is Fried Chicken Day, celebrating one of everyone's favourite comfort foods, fried chicken.
The 6th of July is Hand Roll Day. It celebrates cylindrical sushi hand rolls made of seasoned rice, fish, and veggies rolled up in a flat sheet of crunchy seaweed.
The 7th of July is Chocolate Day: a good day on which to celebrate your life-long love affair with chocolate.
Pontefract Liquorice Festival is held each year in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England. The festival celebrates liquorice because Pontefract, the home of Pomfret Cakes, has long been associated with the production of liquorice.
The 7th of July is Strawberry Sundae Day, celebrating a favourite American dessert. Summer goes by fast, so why not make sure to get one in now before it's too late.
The 8th of July is "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke Day". On this day in 1971, the most famous ad in television history premiered on TV screens across the United States.
The 8th of July is the birthday of Mary Johnson Lincoln. She co-founded the prestigious Boston Cooking School and authored the first Boston Cooking School Cookbook.
The Dunmow Flitch trials award a flitch of bacon to married couples who can convince a judge and jury that they are happily married. The trials are held every four years in Great Dunmow, Essex, England.
The 9th of July is Argentina's Independence Day, marking the day in 1816 when Argentina declared its independence from Spain. Special food today includes a traditional stew and several desserts.
Sugar Cookie Day is the 9th of July. When's the last time you had a simple, plain old sugar cookie, crisp on the edges, tender in the middle?
The 10th of July is Pina Colada Day. This is the perfect time of year for this iced classic Caribbean cocktail featuring rum, pineapple and coconut.
The 11th of July is Rainier Cherry Day. It's celebrated as the end of the Rainier Cherry season nears.
The 12th of July is Michelada Day. It celebrates the beer cocktail which is popular in Mexico and increasingly so in the United States.
The 12th of July is Pecan Pie Day. It celebrates the deliciously gooey pie featuring pecan nuts and corn syrup.
The 13th of July is French Fries Day. The day celebrates thin batons of potato that have been fried in oil, making them crisp on the outside, and soft on the inside. "Happy Fry-Day"!
The 14th of July is Mac and Cheese Day, celebrating a classic comfort food. Fat and carbs come together to form a cheesy, gooey, and hearty dish — what's not to love?
The 14th of July is Bastille Day, France's national day. It celebrates the beginning of the French revolution. Celebrate today with good French food and wine!
The 15th of July is Tapioca Pudding Day. Does that make you happy, or fill you with dread? Tapioca pudding is something that people love or hate.
The 16th of July is Corn Fritters Day, celebrating those fried, crispy morsels of cornmeal batter with kernels of sweet corn in them. Are you feeling corny yet?
The 16th of July is Blue Cheese Dressing Day, celebrating blue cheese dressing. If you are a blue cheese dressing fan, today is your day.
The 16th of July celebrates Dixie Cups. Dixie Cups were originally created as a public health measure, to avert the spread of disease by people drinking from shared public cups.
On the 17th of July in 1955, Disneyland opened its gates for the very first time. There are many varied restaurants at the various Disney parks, some of them as good as you'll get anywhere, but some people feel that you can pay over the odds for the food.
The 17th of July is Peach Ice Cream Day, celebrating the delicate hues and sweet, fragrant taste of peach ice cream.
The 18th of July is Caviar Day. If trying caviar is one of those things that's still on your todo list, today could be the day to take the plunge.
Ice Cream Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in July. You get to have ice cream at every meal today, and in between as well!
The 19th of July is Daiquiri Day. Which do you prefer, the classic version or the frozen? Or another daiquiri variation altogether, such as frozen strawberry or frozen pineapple?
The 20th of July is Lollipop Day. What do you call a lollipop? A lollipop, a lolly, a sucker, or something else? But more importantly, when is the last time you had one?
The 21st of July is Lamington Day, celebrating the squares of sponge cake covered in chocolate frosting and desiccated coconut that Australians call "lamingtons".
Hot Dog Day falls on the third Wednesday of July. In fact, all of July is Hot Dog Month. It's just not summer without a hot dog. If you haven't had one yet this summer, today's a good day to grab one!
The 21st of July is the national day of Belgium. It is celebrated with food, performances, parades, dancing -- and of course, the famous Belgian fries!
The 22nd of July is BLT Day. It celebrates Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato (BLT) sandwiches, one of the most popular sandwich combos to come out of the 20th century.
The 23rd of July is Vanilla Ice Cream Day. It celebrates plain, ole', simple vanilla ice cream. You get to have vanilla ice cream with every meal today — what about ice cream at breakfast with waffles!
The 24th of July is Coffee Day. Few people probably need a special reason to have a coffee on any given day. But for today, you could mix it up: have coffee in a different form from your usual, or try a coffee-flavoured dessert or chocolate-covered coffee.
The 24th of July is Drive-Through Day. It celebrates the 20th century invention of drive-through services, the most popular of which is drive-through dining.
The 24th of July is Tequila Day. It celebrates one of Mexico's many well-known culinary contributions to the world, the alcohol called "tequila".
The 25th of July is Wine and Cheese Day. It can be a day to enjoy old favourite combinations of wines and cheeses, or perhaps a day on which to experiment with finding a few new favourite pairings.
The 25th of July marks the day in 1948 when wartime bread rationing ended in the United Kingdom. But it wasn't until 1950 that stores were allowed again to sell it already sliced!
The 25th of July is Hot Fudge Sundae Day. A hot fudge sundae is a perfect summertime treat to cool down with. What do you like on top of yours? whipped cream? chopped nuts? a maraschino cherry?
The 26th of July celebrates the day in 1925 when the name and definition of Roquefort cheese received legal protection, making it the first cheese in history ever to do so.
The 27th of July is Crème Brûlée Day. It celebrates the vanilla-flavoured custard with a hard caramel layer on top. Have you tried other flavours such as chocolate or orange? What about bacon, or lobster?
The 28th of July is Milk Chocolate Day. It is the preferred chocolate for tens of millions of people who love its smooth, creamy, melt-in-your mouth qualities.
Today is St Martha's Day. She is the Patron Saint of Cooks. Irma Rombauer chose St Martha for the cover of the first edition of her book “The Joy of Cooking."
The 30th of July is Cheesecake Day. Get your fork ready to celebrate a dessert that just about everyone loves!