The Best Recipes for National (and International) Food Days

Last updated: June 6th, 2024

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We think food holidays are some of the best holidays. Why? Because each one is a great excuse to celebrate with a delicious themed meal.

A collage of the best recipes for national and international food holidays

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite national (and international) food days, broken down by month, so that you can join us in celebrating all things food throughout the year. We’ve even included recipe ideas where we could to help inspire you in the kitchen. Continue scrolling for the full list, or click on any month to jump:

January

A bowl of General Tso's chicken served with white rice
General Tso’s Chicken (Jan. 16 – International Hot & Spicy Food Day)

January 4: National Spaghetti Day

A classic and easy dish that can be dressed up a million different ways, spaghetti definitely deserves celebrating with one of our pasta recipes.

January 15: National Bagel Day

January 16: International Hot & Spicy Food Day

We love everything hot and spicy, so we’ve got you covered for this international food day. Check out some of our favorite spicy recipes below.

January 19: National Popcorn Day

January 24: National Peanut Butter Day

January 31: National Hot Chocolate Day

February

A chorizo sweet potato fry pizza with chipotle mayo drizzle and fresh cilantro
Chorizo Sweet Potato Fry Pizza (Feb. 9 – National Pizza Day)

February 5: World Nutella Day

Who doesn’t love Nutella? It’s one of the best ingredients in any dessert (or decadent breakfast), in our opinion. Try our Nutella-Stuffed Brioche French Toast to celebrate the world’s favorite hazelnut spread.

February 9: National Pizza Day

As avid pizza lovers, we’ve got plenty of recipes for this national food day – including traditional pizzas and pizza-inspired dishes:

February 22: National Margarita Day

Alright, this one’s not technically a food holiday, but we think any good margarita deserves the company of a delicious taco or burrito! Check out some of these favorite Mexican recipes:

February 27: National Strawberry Day

Last Thursday in February: National Chili Day

We’re gonna go ahead and include soup in this day of chili celebration, because who really knows what the difference is anyways? Try one of our recipes below!

March

Spaghetti and meatballs in a black bowl
Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs (March 9 – National Meatball Day)

March 9: National Meatball Day

Meatball lovers rejoice! Our Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs are so easy and taste great on a sandwich or over spaghetti.

March 20: National Ravioli Day

March 23: National Chip & Dip Day

We love dips (and chips!). Here are two of our favorites:

March 24: National Cheesesteak Day

April

Easy soft pretzel bites with beer cheese dipping sauce
Easy Soft Pretzel Bites & Beer Cheese Dip (April 26 – National Pretzel Day)

April 1: National Sourdough Bread Day

First Monday in April: National Sweet Potato Day

Sweet potatoes are one of our favorite foods, since they’re both delicious and healthy! Here are a few of our best sweet potato recipes:

First Thursday in April: National Burrito Day

Nothing beats a good burrito! This food is definitely worth celebrating every year – try one of our favorites below:

April 7: National Coffee Cake Day

April 8: National Empanada Day

April 12: National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

It would be an understatement to say we love grilled cheese. Take your grilled cheese day celebration to a whole new level with our Grilled Cheese Patty Melt.

April 26: National Pretzel Day

We’ve made it super easy to celebrate this national food day with our recipe for Easy Soft Pretzel Bites & Beer Cheese Dip.

May

A burger with maple bourbon bacon, maple bourbon glaze, and honey butter served between two waffles with a side of tater tots.
Maple Bourbon Burger (May 28 – National Hamburger Day)

May 5: National Hoagie Day

May 13: International Hummus Day

Hummus definitely deserves celebrating. Dip it, eat it with a spoon, or use it as a spread in our Healthy Veggie Lunch Wrap!

May 15: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

May 25: National Wine Day

Again, technically not a food holiday, but here are some delicious recipes to pair with a glass of your favorite wine:

May 28: National Hamburger Day

This food holiday was practically made for us – our Burger of the Month has you covered when it comes to celebrating all things hamburgers (and cheeseburgers!). Learn how to make the perfect patty or try one of our favorite burger creations:

June

A bowl of buffalo chicken mac n cheese with a side of bread
Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese (June 4 – National Cheese Day)

June 3: National Egg Day

Eggs are the breakfast of champions. Celebrate with one of these indulgent dishes:

June 4: National Cheese Day

Who doesn’t love cheese?! Mac n cheese, nachos, cheese boards, cheese dip – you name it, we’ve got a recipe for it.

June 18: International Picnic Day

Here are some fun picnic-friendly recipes to celebrate this food holiday:

June 22: National Onion Rings Day

July

A plate with mini waffles and fried chicken nuggets, topped with bacon bits, scallions, and maple bourbon syrup.
Fried Chicken & Waffles (July 30 – National Chicken and Waffles Day)

July 6: National Fried Chicken Day

We’re big fans of fried chicken, especially since we can easily cook these recipes with our air fryer:

July 13: National French Fry Day

July 14: National Macaroni and Cheese Day

A whole day dedicated to mac n cheese? Um, yes please. Try our Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese to celebrate.

July 24: National Tequila Day

July 29: National Chicken Wing Day

Cook up some spicy Air Fryer Buffalo Wings to celebrate national chicken wing day!

July 30: National Chicken and Waffles Day

Start July with fried chicken, end it with fried chicken and waffles! We couldn’t ask for a better combination. Try our recipe for Fried Chicken & Waffles here.

August

Frozen smores bites made with graham crackers, Nutella, and marshmallow fluff stacked on a plate
Frozen S’mores Bites (Aug. 10 – National S’mores Day)

August 10: National S’mores Day

August is the best time of year to sit around a campfire and roast some s’mores. But if you don’t have a fire pit, here are some recipes you can make indoors to celebrate:

August 11: National Panini Day

Paninis are basically just classy sandwiches, so they’re super easy to make at home. Try our recipe for Easy Homemade Paninis here.

August 24: National Waffle Day

Why not try a burger served on waffles for National Waffle Day? Or treat yourself to a classic combo of fried chicken and waffles?

September

Fresh guacamole in a mortar and pestle garnished with a lime
Homemade Guacamole (Sept. 16 – National Guacamole Day)

September 5: National Cheese Pizza Day

September 15: National Linguine Day

Like spaghetti, linguine is a classic dish that can be dressed up however you want! Not all of our pasta recipes call for linguine, but you can sub it in for this food holiday.

September 16: National Guacamole Day

We’re obsessed with guac. It’s so simple, healthy, and delicious – try our easy recipe here!

September 18: National Cheeseburger Day

Cheese makes most burgers better, in our opinion. Add a slice to our Classic Burger Patties for a simple and straightforward cheeseburger, or try one of our more creative recipes below:

September 22: National Ice Cream Day

September 25: National Quesadilla Day

September 26: National Pancake Day

September 29: National Coffee Day

October

A tray of various Halloween candy cookies
Halloween Candy Cookies (Second Thursday of Oct. – National Dessert Day)

October 4: National Taco Day

You can’t go wrong with this national food day, because tacos make every day better! Try one of our favorite recipes:

October 6: National Noodle Day

Noodles come in all shapes and sizes, and we have recipes to celebrate them all – from mac n cheese to udon stir fry. Check them out below:

October 8: National Fluffernutter Day

October 9: International Beer & Pizza Day

Beer + pizza = one of the best combinations ever. Luckily, we have some delicious pizza recipes for you to cook up, plus a beer cheese dip and “cheat” soft pretzels made from (you guessed it) pizza dough! That almost counts as beer and pizza, right?

Second Thursday of October: National Dessert Day

Who doesn’t love dessert? We’ve got a few recipes up our sleeves for you on this food holiday:

October 17: National Pasta Day

Today’s the day to celebrate all forms of pasta, from spaghetti to fettuccine to linguine. Try any of our recipes below to celebrate:

October 28: National Chocolate Day

Ah, chocolate. The best ingredient in any sugary sweet dish, whether it’s breakfast or dessert!

November

Two halves of a cheesy pesto chicken panini with spinach stacked
Easy Homemade Paninis (Nov. 3 – National Sandwich Day)

November 3: National Sandwich Day

Sandwiches deserve our love every day of the year, but especially today – try one of our favorites below to celebrate:

November 5: National Donut Day

November 6: National Nachos Day

You can’t go wrong with a plate of our Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos on this food holiday!

November 28: National French Toast Day

Dress up your French toast day breakfast with our Nutella-Stuffed Brioche French Toast.

December

Loaded tater tots with melted Velveeta cheese, crispy crumbled bacon, and scallions in a serving dish
Bacon Cheese Loaded Tater Tots (Dec. 30 – National Bacon Day)

December 4: National Cookie Day

We’ve got some delicious cookie recipes for celebrating the best dessert out there:

December 17: National Maple Syrup Day

Maple syrup can be used in so many ways – on breakfast, brunch, burgers, waffles, you name it. Try our recipes below for inspiration:

December 30: National Bacon Day

This food holiday is my personal favorite, because the national celebration of my favorite food happens to fall on my birthday. There are seriously so many ways to eat bacon, and we never shy away from including it in our recipes. Try some of our favorites below:


Happy eating!

Are we missing any of your favorite food holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

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