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Blog / December 13, 2023

National Food Holidays for Restaurant Marketers [Free Calendar]

Bianca Esmond


Every year, national food holidays give restaurants an opportunity to celebrate and capitalize on specialty spending trends. From National Beer Day to BOGO burgers on National Cheeseburger Day, there’s no limit to creating fun and unique promotions! Looking for some inspiration to add to your marketing calendar? Read on to learn more about these national food holidays to help drive sales and boost guest engagement.

What we’ll cover this year:

2024 National Food Holidays

Bookmark this article or download our free 2024 national food holiday calendar to spark your team’s creative juices. We suggest choosing a few national food holidays to create unique experiences and special offers for your guests. This can be a fun way to create buzz on social media or help drive revenue like offering a limited-time menu item or a ticketed event with a pre-sale on your website.

Winter Food Holidays

January

  • New Year’s Day – January 1
  • National Bloody Mary Day – January 1
  • National Buffet Day – January 2
  • National Spaghetti Day – January 4
  • National Whip Cream Day – January 5
  • National Shortbread Day – January 6
  • National Tempura Day – January 7
  • National English Toffee Day – January 8
  • Curried Chicken Day – January 12
  • National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day – January 14
  • Strawberry Ice Cream Day – January 15
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 15
  • International Hot & Spicy Food Day – January 16
  • Peking Duck Day – January 18
  • National Popcorn Day – January 19
  • National Cheese Lover’s Day – January 20
  • Lunar New Year – January 22
  • National Peanut Butter Day – January 24
  • National Irish Coffee Day – January 25
  • Chocolate Cake Day – January 27
  • National Blueberry Pancake Day – January 28
  • National Croissant Day – January 30
  • National Hot Chocolate Day – January 31
  • National Pho Day – January 31

February

  • Start of Black History Month – February 1
  • National Carrot Cake Day – February 3
  • World Nutella Day – February 5
  • National Chocolate Fondue Day – February 5
  • National Fettuccine Alfredo Day – February 7
  • National Bagels and Lox Day – February 9
  • National Pizza Pie Day – February 9
  • Super Bowl Sunday – February 11
  • Mardi Gras – February 13
  • Galentine’s Day – February 13
  • National Tortellini Day – February 13
  • Valentine’s Day – February 14
  • National Drink Wine Day – February 18
  • National Margarita Day – February 22
  • National Chili Day – February 23, 2023 (Last Thursday in February)
  • National Tortilla Chip Day – February 24
  • National Clam Chowder Day – February 25
  • National Pancake Day (IHOP) – February 25
  • National Strawberry Day – February 27
  • National Chocolate Souffle Day – February 28

Spring Food Holidays

March

  • Start of Women’s History Month – March 1
  • National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day – March 1
  • National Banana Cream Pie Day – March 2
  • National Cold Cuts Day – March 3
  • National Pound Cake Day – March 4
  • National Oreo Cookie Day – March 6
  • National Cereal Day – March 7
  • International Women’s Day – March 8
  • National Crabmeat Day – March 9
  • National Meatball Day – March 9
  • Start of Ramadan – March 10
  • Popcorn Lover’s Day – March 14, 2024 (Second Thursday in March)
  • National Potato Chip Day – March 14
  • National Peanut Lovers’ Day – March 15
  • Maple Syrup Saturday – March 16, 2024 (Third Saturday of March)
  • St. Patrick’s Day – March 17
  • National Irish Food Day March – 17
  • National Poultry Day – March 19
  • International Day of Happiness- March 20
  • National Ravioli Day – March 20
  • Great American MEAT-OUT – March 20
  • National French Bread Day – March 21
  • National Chip and Dip Day – March 23
  • National Cheesesteak Day – March 24
  • Holi – March 25
  • International Waffle Day – March 25
  • Spinach Day – March 26
  • Something on a Stick Day – March 28
  • National Clams on the Half Shell Day – March 31
  • Oranges and Lemons Day – March 31
  • Easter – March 31

April

  • Start of Arab American Heritage Month – April 1
  • National Brunch Month – April
  • April Fools Day – April 1
  • National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day – April 2
  • National Chocolate Mousse Day – April 3
  • National Cordon Bleu Day – April 4
  • National Caramel Day – April 5
  • National Burrito Day – April 6, 2023 (First Thursday in April)
  • National Beer Day – April 7
  • National Empanada Day – April 8
  • National Cheese Fondue Day – April 11
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day – April 12
  • Vaisakhi – April 13
  • Day of the Mushroom – April 16
  • National Eggs Benedict Day – April 16
  • Garlic Day – April 19
  • Passover – April 22
  • Earth Day – April 22
  • National Picnic Day – April 23
  • National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day – April 24
  • National Pretzel Day – April 26
  • National Prime Rib Day – April 27
  • National Blueberry Pie Day – April 28
  • National Shrimp Scampi Day – April 29
  • National Bubble Tea Day – April 30

May

  • Start of Mental Health Awareness Month – May 1
  • Start of AAPI Heritage Month – May 1
  • National Truffles Day – May 2
  • National Herb Day – May 4, 2024 (first Saturday of May)
  • National Hoagie Day – May 5
  • May Day – May 6
  • National Shrimp Day – May 10
  • Mother’s Day – May 12
  • International Hummus Day – May 13
  • National Apple Pie Day – May 13
  • National Buttermilk Biscuit Day – May 14
  • National Chocolate Chip Day – May 15
  • International Pickle Day – May 16
  • National Walnut Day – May 17
  • National Escargot Day – May 24
  • National Wine Day – May 25
  • National Brisket Day – May 28
  • National Hamburger Day – (May 28, July 28 and also December 21)
  • National Mint Julep Day – May 30
  • National Macaroon Day – May 31

Summer Food Holidays

June

  • Start of Pride Month – June
  • Start of Caribbean American Heritage Month – June
  • World Milk Day – June 1
  • National Rotisserie Chicken Day – June 2
  • National Egg Day – June 3
  • National Cheese Day – June 4
  • National Frozen Yogurt Day – June 4
  • National Gingerbread Day – June 5
  • National Donut Day – June 7 (First Friday in June)
  • National Chocolate Ice Cream Day – June 7
  • National Iced Tea Day – June 10
  • Corn on the Cob Day – June 11
  • International Falafel Day – June 12
  • National Cupcake Lovers Day – June 13
  • National Strawberry Shortcake Day – June 14
  • National Lobster Day – June 15
  • Father’s Day – June 16
  • Fresh Veggies Day – June 16
  • National Apple Strudel Day – June 17
  • International Picnic Day – June 18
  • International Sushi Day – June 18
  • Juneteenth – June 19
  • National Martini Day – June 19
  • National Vanilla Milkshake Day – June 20
  • National Onion Rings Day – June 22
  • National Ceviche Day – June 28
  • National Ice Cream Soda Day – June 30

July

  • Start of Disability Pride Month – July
  • Independence Day (Fourth of July) – July 4
  • National Fried Chicken Day – July 6
  • Chocolate Day – July 7
  • National Macaroni Day – July 7
  • National Sugar Cookie Day – July 9
  • National Pecan Pie Day – July 12
  • National French Fries Day – July 13
  • National Macaroni and Cheese Day – July 14
  • National Ice Cream Day – July 16
  • National Caviar Day – July 18
  • International Cake Day – July 20
  • National Hot Dog Day – July 21
  • National Junk Food Day – July 21
  • National Vanilla Ice Cream Day – July 23
  • National Tequila Day – July 24
  • National Hot Fudge Sundae Day – July 25
  • National Chili Dog Day – July 27 (Last Thursday in July)
  • National Scotch Day – July 27
  • National Hamburger Day – July 28
  • National Chicken Wing Day – July 29
  • National Lasagna Day – July 29
  • International Day of Friendship – July 30
  • National Cheesecake Day – July 30
  • National Chicken and Waffles Day – July 30

August

  • National Ice Cream Sandwich Day – August 2
  • National Watermelon Day – August 3
  • National IPA Day – August 3
  • National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – August 4
  • National Oyster Day – August 5
  • National Root Beer Float Day – August 6
  • Friendship Day – August 6
  • National Frozen Custard Day – August 8
  • International Beer Day – August 8
  • National S’mores Day – August 10
  • National Panini Day – August 11
  • National Filet Mignon Day – August 13
  • India Independence Day – August 15
  • Mooncake Festival – August 15
  • National Rum Day –  August 16
  • National Bratwurst Day – August 16
  • Potato Day – August 19
  • National Bacon Lovers’ Day – August 20
  • National Sweet Tea Day – August 21
  • National Sponge Cake Day – August 23
  • National Waffle Day – August 24
  • National Banana Split Day – August 25
  • Eat Outside Day – August 31

Fall Food Holidays

September

  • National Gyro Day – September 1
  • Labor Day – September 4
  • National Cheese Pizza Day – September 5
  • National Salami Day – September 7
  • International Chocolate Day – September 13
  • National Peanut Day – September 13
  • Hispanic Heritage Month starts – September 15 through October 15
  • National Guacamole Day – September 16
  • National Cheeseburger Day – September 18
  • Fall Equinox – September 22
  • National Ice Cream Cone Day – September 22
  • National White Chocolate Day – September 22
  • National Quesadilla Day – September 25
  • National Dumpling Day – September 26
  • National Key Lime Pie Day – September 26
  • National Coffee Day – September 29
  • National Mocha Day – September 29

October

  • World Vegetarian Day – October 1
  • National Taco Day – October 4
  • National Noodle Day – October 6
  • National Frappe Day – October 7
  • National Pierogi Day – October 8
  • National Salmon Day – October 8
  • International Beer and Pizza Day – October 9
  • Yom Kippur – October 11
  • National Gumbo Day – October 12
  • National Yorkshire Pudding Day – October 13
  • World Egg Day – October 13
  • National Dessert Day – October 14
  • National Chicken Cacciatore Day – October 15
  • World Food Day – October 16
  • National Pasta Day – October 17
  • National Nut Day – October 22
  • National Boston Cream Pie Day – October 23
  • National Greasy Foods Day – October 25
  • Mince Meat Pie Day – October 26
  • Pumpkin Day – October 26
  • National Potato Day – October 27
  • National Chocolate Day – October 28
  • National Oatmeal Day – October 29
  • Halloween – October 31
  • National Caramel Apple Day – October 31

November

  • Start of American Indian Heritage Month – November 1
  • National Deep Fried Clams Day – November 1
  • National Deviled Egg Day – November 2
  • National Sandwich Day – November 3
  • National Candy Day – November 4
  • Guy Fawkes Day – November 5
  • National Donut Day – November 5
  • National Nachos Day – November 6
  • National Pork Belly Day – November 10
  • National Mussels Days – November 10
  • Veterans Day – November 11
  • National Sundae Day – November 11
  • National Indian Pudding Day – November 13
  • National Pickle Day – November 14
  • National Fast Food Day – November 16
  • National Parfait Day – November 25
  • National Cake Day – November 26
  • National Bavarian Cream Pie Day – November 27
  • Thanksgiving – November 28
  • National French Toast Day – November 28
  • National Mousse Day – November 30

December

  • National Pie Day – December 1
  • National Fritters Day – December 2
  • Giving Tuesday – December 3
  • National Cookie Day – December 4
  • National Gazpacho Day – December 6
  • National Pastry Day – December 9
  • National Lager Day – December 10
  • National Maple Syrup Day – December 17
  • National Fried Shrimp Day – December 20
  • National Eggnog Day – December 24
  • Hannukah Begins – December 25
  • Christmas – December 25
  • National Tamales Day – December 25
  • Kwanzaa – December 26
  • National Candy Cane Day – December 26
  • National Champagne Day – December 31
  • New Years Eve – December 31

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