October’s National Food Holidays

By Dani Katz

October is mainly known for its spooky Halloween traditions, but it also boasts tons of food holidays to mark on your calendar. While there’s one holiday for every day of the month, here’s a look at this week’s celebrations.

October 22: National Nut Day


This day celebrates a healthy and delicious snack. Nuts contain healthy fats and are high in fiber, protein and minerals. To take part in the celebration, swap your usual bag of chips for an assorted nut mix as your midday snack. Use #NationalNutDay for all of your nutty-themed social media posts and connect with other nut aficionados.


October 23: National Boston Cream Pie Day


Bostonians rejoice! Massachusetts declared Boston Cream Pie as their official dessert in 1996, and the dessert gets its day in October. Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake (not pie) that is filled with a custard and glazed with chocolate on top. Head to your local Dunkin’ Donuts and pick up a Boston Cream Pie Donut or follow this recipe  to celebrate at home.


October 24: National Bologna Day


This more controversial deli meat gets some love in late October for National Bologna Day. Made from finely ground pork sausage, this lunch meat is an American favorite, despite many’s dislike of the rubbery texture. Just like most sandwiches, add some ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise, and you’ll get a sandwich worth celebrating.


October 25: National Greasy Foods Day


If you’ve been looking for the excuse to have another cheat day and indulge in your favorite fried foods, October 25 is the day for you. National Greasy Food Day celebrates some favorites like pizza, fries and burgers. So take this day to grab some of your friends and order a regrettable amount of pizza, or dine out for a “classier” greasy food celebration.


October 26: National Pumpkin Day


Most people associate pumpkin with fall, so October dedicated a day to the gourd. Just a few days from Halloween, take advantage of the opportunity to taste all things pumpkin: cookies, bread, coffee and even soup.


October 27: American Beer Day


Truly an American holiday, National American Beer Day takes place on October 27. This Friday night, take a break from the Andre and Svedka for some good old fashioned beer. Grab some friends, get your costumes ready and take on the start of this weekend’s Halloween parties with your favorite beer.


October 28: National Chocolate Day


The day we have all been waiting for: National Chocolate Day. Chocolate lovers, celebrate this day to the fullest with all sorts of chocolate treats. From white chocolate to dark, enjoy it in some indulgent cookies, cakes, brownies and your favorite fall drinks. But be sure to save room for all of the pre-Halloween candies you know you’re going to eat.

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