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Foodie Awareness Days

Updated: Apr 13

There are so many food awareness days to celebrate ... the list gets bigger each year. Here is our round-up of what's happening in 2021. If you organise an event and would like it added to the list, please get in touch.

January

Veganuary: This is the month to follow a plant-based diet.

Dry January: Can we say no for a whole month? In the midst of a global pandemic, my prediction is unlikely!

6th - National Shortbread Day

18th - Blue Monday: the third Monday of January is considered the most depressing day in the calendar.

20th - National Cheese Lovers Day

25th - Burns Night

26th - Australia Day


February

5th - World Nutella Day: if ever there was an excuse to eat a chocolate hazelnut spread, then it's today. Share your love and inspiration. Try our recipe for Cinnamon & Nutella Muffins.

7th - Yorkshire Pudding Day: Rather than with a classic roast beef dinner, we like Yorkies with some juicy pork sausages and onion gravy - a twist on Toad in the Hole.

9th - National Pizza Day: What's your favourite topping? For me, anything but egg.

12th- Chinese New Year: The Year of the Ox. In case you wondered.

14th - St Valentine's Day: **searches suitable romantic dinner recipes **

16th - Shrove Tuesday: *FACT* The largest pancake was made in Rochdale, in 1994. Just 49 foot (ft) wide and one inch (in) thick. It weighed three tonnes (about the equivalent to an African elephant).

18th - Drink Wine Day: hmm ... red, white, rose or sparkling?

20th - 28th - Real Bread Week: this is the annual, international celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them. Find out more here.

22nd - National Margarita Day: the classic tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice, often served with salt on the rim of the glass.

24th - National Tortilla Chip Day

25th - National Toast Day: Toast toppings are the best: Butter (which has to be salted if I'm honest), jam, marmalade, cheese, beans ... too many to choose.


March

1st - St David's Day: and if you didn't celebrate National Toast Day, a classic Welsh Rarebit celebrates both events!

1st - 31st - Dechox: Give up chocolate for the British Heart Foundation - find out more.

1st - 7th - British Pie Week: I've had the honour of judging at the British Pie Awards on a couple of occasions, so I know what makes a good pork pie!

1st - National Peanut Butter Day

8th - 14th - National Butcher's Week: let's continue to support our high street butchers.

14th - Mothering Sunday

15th - 21st - Compost Week: we compost all of our food and garden waste. Top tips here.

17th - St Patrick's Day

19th - Red Nose Day

20th - International Day of Happiness: We've faced a global crisis together, so let’s continue to find positive ways to look after ourselves and each other.

25th - International Waffle Day: Waffles tend to be a breakfast treat when we're away on holiday.

April

1st - 30th - Stress Awareness Month: The affect stress can have on our mental and physical health is astounding. Get baking. Get gardening. It all helps.

2nd - Good Friday

4th - Easter Sunday

4th - International Carrot Day: how many interesting carrot recipes can we conjure up? Carrot pakoras, carrot burger, carrot salad, carrot soup ... personally I just like them raw.

7th - World Health Day

11th - Cheese Fondue Day

20th - 25th - Allergy Awareness Week

21st - National Tea Day

23rd - Happy St George's Day! A day to celebrate our favourite British 'classics' like a roast dinner or fish & chips.

23rd - National Asparagus Day: Apparently, it takes three years from seed to harvest; a labour of love!

23rd - 30th - British Beef Week: it's important to support British farming.

28th - Stop Food Waste Day: let's use up our leftovers.

May

1st - 8th - Dementia UK's Time for a Cuppa

9th - 15th - Coeliac Awareness Week

10th - 15th - Food Allergy Awareness Week

10th - 16th - Sugar Awareness Week

11th - Eat what you want day: no more words required.

11th - 16th - National Vegetarian Week

13th - World Cocktail Day

15th - World Whisky Day (or whiskey if we're talking about the Irish version)

13th - International Hummus Day

17th - World Baking Day

25th - 30th - National Barbecue Week #barbiforbritain

25th - 6th June - British Tomato Fortnight

28th - International Hamburger Day: Did you know, the name "hamburger" comes from Hamburg, Germany, where it's thought 19th-century sailors brought back the idea of raw shredded beef (today's beef tartare) after trading with the Baltic provinces of Russia?

29th - National Biscuit Day: it's likely that we'll make some of our Egg Free Biscuits.

TBC - British Sandwich Week

June

1st - World Milk Day

1st - 6th - National Growing for Wellbeing Week: celebrating the benefits of growing your own food for your physical and mental well-being. We had a home-grown Summer last year.

1st - 29th - National Candy Month

3rd - National Fish & Chip Day

4th - National Doughnut Day

5th - World Environment Day

6th - Big Lunch 2021: the concept is for neighbours and communities to come together to connect to get to know one another a little better. Dependent upon local government guidelines.

12th - World Gin Day

12th - International Falafel Day

13th - Cupcake Day for Alzheimer's Society: Help raise some dough for people affected by dementia. Find out more here.

14th - 18th - Healthy Eating Week

15th - Beer Day Britain: Say #CheerstoBeer at 7pm!

16th - National Fudge Day

18th - International Sushi Day

18th - International Picnic Day: hopefully we will be able to join family and friends for a picnic whether it's in the park or the back garden.

19th - 27th - National Picnic Week

19th - 27th - English Wine Week

20th - Father's Day

26th - National Parma Violet's Day: Not my sweet of choice, but each to their own.


July

1st - 30th - National Picnic Month

1st - 31st - Ice Cream Month: Let's hope it's a long, hot summer to enjoy LOTS of ice cream!

7th - World Chocolate Day

10th - 18th - **NEW DATE** National Doughnut Week: will it be ice topped, a classic ring or traditional sugared jam?

16th - National Cherry Day

17th - Hot Dog Day

25th - 1st Aug - National Preserving Awareness Week: Avoid food waste preserve your own food. We have proven recipes for Rhubarb & Ginger Jam, Easy Tomato Chutney, Tomato & Pepper Relish and Hot Piccalilli.


August

10th - 15th - Afternoon Tea Week

13th - National Prosecco Day

16th - National Rum Day

24th - National Plum Day

26th - National Burger Day: We love our Tomato & Pepper Relish as a burger topper! Delicious!


September

1 - 29th Sourdough September

1 - 29th Organic September

1st - National Tofu Day

4th - National Fish & Chip Day: giving this British classic the recognition it deserves as one of the nation's favourites.

4th - International Bacon Day

7th - World Salami Day

11th - National Hot Cross Buns Day: this is an American celebration but it's worth a mention given the strange timing to celebrate this Easter classic.

13th - International Chocolate Day

18th - 3rd October - British Food Fortnight

25th - World's Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan: More details here.

26th - National Dumpling Day

October

1 - 30th - Go Sober for October: Become a 'SoberHero' to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

1st - International Coffee Day

1st - World Vegetarian Day

4th - Taco Day

4th - 10th - National Curry Week: an excuse to revel in one of our favourite dishes - curry.

8th - World Egg Day

9th - International Beer & Pizza Day

10th - World Porridge Day

14th - 19th - Chocolate Week 2021

14th - 19th - National Baking Week

16th - World Food Day

19th - International Gin & Tonic Day

21st - Apple Day

22nd - National Nut Day

22nd - Global Champagne Day

25th - World Pasta Day

31st - Halloween: Make it a homemade Halloween - but easy! Here are some easy recipes and ideas to make a Halloween Party a tasty one!

TBC - National Seafood Week

TBC - UK Sausage Week


November

1 - 29th - Veg Pledge 2021: Cancer Research UK are encouraging us to go veggie or vegan for the month to raise money for their charity.

1st - World Vegan Day

3rd - National Sandwich Day

5th - Bonfire Day

7th - International Stout Day

11th - 16th - Alcohol Awareness Week

13th - World Kindness Day: pledge your kind act or kindness initiative. More ideas here.

21st - Stir Up Sunday: This is a Victorian tradition when family would gather together to stir the Christmas Pudding five weeks before Christmas.

26th - Thanksgiving

30th - St Andrew's Day

TBC - British Game Week


December

2nd - English Breakfast Day

4th - National Cookie Day

5th - Pigs in Blankets Day: It's been named as the nation's favourite Christmas trimming so it's only right it has it's own commemorative day.

20th - National Sangria Day

24th - National Eggnogg Day: a drink that divides opinion ...

25th - Christmas Day: here is a great recipe for Stollen Crinkle Biscuits that can be enjoyed with a Christmas morning coffee.

26th - Boxing Day

31st - New Year's Eve

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