When thinking about a month of the year that celebrates food in America – its cultural significances, its health impacts, and all the yummy flavors – most would think of November because of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time of giving, but it is also a time for families to gather around the table and enjoy a warm, hearty meal together.
But I want to challenge that idea and say that October should be known as the month that celebrates food the most.
Did you know that October celebrates all of the following monthly observations:
🍎 National Apple Month 🍎
🍾 National Applejack Month 🍾
🍬 National Caramel Month 🍬
📖 National Cookbook Month 📖
🍪 National Cookie Month 🍪
🍰 National Dessert Month 🍰
🍝 National Pasta Month 🍝
🌶 National Pickled Peppers Month 🌶
🍕 National Pizza Month 🍕
🍿 National Popcorn Poppin’ Month 🍿
🥩 National Pork Month 🥩
🥨 National Pretzel Month 🥨
🐟 National Seafood Month 🐟
October doesn’t stop there with celebrating cuisine. There are many holidays celebrated within the month as well. From World Sake Day on the 1st, to National Cheese Curd Day on the 15th, all the way to Halloween on the 31st, known to many as the candy holiday (and it’s also National Caramel Apple Day too!).
What month do you celebrate food the most in your personal life? What season brings out those impulses to try out cooking a brand new meal? What time of year brings you close to your loved ones by celebrating with comfort dishes? It may not have been October before today, but with all these holidays and monthly observations that you now know about, maybe there are some new food-related traditions in your future.