Friday, August 6, 2010

It's Your Day, Food

Did you know that today is National Root Beer Float Day? While A&W Root Beer and Edy's Grand Ice Cream might jump at the chance to honor the marriage of root beer and ice cream, it seems like every day honors some provision within the food chain.

The year kicks off with National Spaghetti Day, January 4 (not to be confused with National Pasta Day on October 17). January is also National Soup Month, which Campbell's Soup warmly welcomes in the cold winter season.

In February, Del Monte is just one CPG company that is pleased to ring in National Canned Food Month, celebrating "the nutrition, convenience, and great taste that canned food provides for today's busy consumers."

March holidays include National Cereal Day on the 7th, which is loosely tied to the anniversary of the invention of Kellogg's corn flakes. Frito-Lay can ring in National Chip and Dip Day on the 23rd.

Moving into spring, April brings National Soft Pretzel Month, Chinese Almond Cookie Day on April 9, and Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on April 12, sure to bring smiles to the employees at Kraft.

In May, you'll find National Egg Month, which according to the American Egg Board, is when egg sales are the slowest. June brings National Iced Tea Month and National Onion Ring Day on June 22.

Summer foods reign supreme in July with National Baked Bean Month (can you say Bush's?), National Hot Dog Day the third Wednesday of the month, and National Ice Cream Day, July 19. The first Saturday in August is always National Mustard Day and ends with National Trail Mix Day on August 31.

As fall approaches, September lends itself to National Potato Month, National Guacamole Day on the 16th, and National Coffee Day, September 29. October marks National Caramel Month, National School Lunch Week (the second week of the month), and National Candy Corn Day, October 30.

As the year comes to an end, November brings about National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day on the 19th (drink up that Mountain Dew!), and National Cake Day, November 26. It's only fitting that December has been deemed National Egg Nog and National Fruit Cake Month. Did you know that Christmas Day is National Pumpkin Pie Day, and December 26 is National Candy Cane Day? To ring in the New Year, it's also appropriate that December 31 has been named National Champagne Day.

For a complete list of wacky and wild U.S. celebrations revolving around food every day, week, and month of the year, check out this website.

Do you pay attention to these food holidays? I would love to hear stories about public relations promotions or events that take place on these days. Please, share your articles in the comment section!

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