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April has many well-known holidays, from April Fools’ Day to Easter to Good Friday. But did you know about April’s foodie holidays? Have you heard of National Sourdough Bread Day or National Empanada Day?
What about National Cheese Fondue Day and National Glazed Spiral Ham Day? With so many foodie holidays to choose from, it can be hard to know when and what you should celebrate. To make things easier, we’ve made a list of some of our favorite foodie holidays in April to help you stay up to date on what late-night treats and yummy meals to add to your April shopping list.
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
This is one of the many foodie holidays celebrated in the U.S. PB&J has a long history of being enjoyed by children and adults alike since WWII, and on April 2nd, Americans everywhere take a day to enjoy their favorite childhood sandwich.
National Chocolate Mousse Day
Another one of April’s popular foodie holidays, National Chocolate Mousse Day is celebrated on April 3rd. Though this dessert originated in France, this dish has become a favorite sweet treat all over the world, so make sure to end your day on April 3rd with this delicious, airy delicacy.
National Deep-Dish Pizza Day
Another American classic that’s worked its way into our list of foodie holidays is deep-dish pizza. April 5th marks the date for enjoying this classic Chicago-style pizza, which was invented in Windy City decades ago in 1943. Whether you prefer New York or Chicago-style pizza, April 5th is all about the deep dish.
National Burrito Day
One of the foodie holidays celebrated on April 7th, National Burrito Day is the best time of the month to enjoy this popular Mexican dish. Though you can find burritos all over the world, American restaurants didn’t start offering this yummy dish until the 1930s. To make up for those lost years of not enjoying the beauty of burritos, let April 7th be the day you go out to your favorite Mexican restaurant and order this delicious meal.
National Empanada Day
A delicious dish originating in Galicia, Spain, empanadas have become so popular all over the world that they’ve now found their place on calendars of foodie holidays. For anyone looking to enjoy this treat for the first time (or maybe for the hundredth), April 8th is the special day during the month saved just for celebrating empanadas.
National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
If Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches weren’t really your style, have no fear – America’s other favorite sandwich also has its place in our list of April’s foodie holidays. April 12th is a day specially designated for appreciating the classic grilled cheese sandwich, which has been a popular staple sandwich around the world since the early 1900s.
National Cheese Ball Day
If you’re anything like my family, then cheese balls are a necessary snack at any party or gathering. Fortunately for cheese ball enthusiasts everywhere, this popular party treat has earned its spot on our list of foodie holidays. April 17th stands as the day to enjoy your favorite savory or sweet cheeseball, so make sure to bring your best recipe (and plenty of crackers) to any and every social gathering you’ve been invited to!
National Animal Crackers Day
Popular playground snacks deserve some appreciation when discussing foodie holidays, so we made sure to pencil April 18th into our calendars as National Animal Crackers Day. Not only are they cute to look at and fun to eat, but they have a long history in the memories of the American people since their invention in the late 1800s.
National Cheddar Fries Day
One of my personal favorite foodie holidays, April 20th is the day for celebrating cheddar fries. While the holiday was originally started by Snuffer’s Restaurant and Bar, you don’t have to have a Snuffer’s to enjoy this delicious snack. Just go to your favorite restaurant, order a plate of cheddar fries, and chow down!
National Banana Day
We have to include at least one healthy food on our list of foodie holidays, so April 20th is all about one of the most popular fruits in the world – bananas! Whether you like them just as they are, or want to include them in yummy desserts like Banana Pudding or Banana Splits, make sure to eat a few bananas on April 20th and show your appreciation for this versatile fruit.
National Jelly Bean Day
Foodie holidays aren’t all about meals or fruits – sometimes they’re also the day we celebrate our favorite candies! April 22nd, also known as National Jelly Bean Day, is the perfect time to enjoy these sweet treats that have been a constant staple of American confectioneries since the 1900s.
National Pigs in a Blanket Day
April 24th is the day for celebrating one of the best nostalgic foodie holidays, National Pigs in a Blanket Day. Originating in the cookbooks of Betty Crocker, pigs in a blanket have been a fun, popular American snack since the 1950s.
National Pretzel Day
One of the oldest foods to make its way to our foodie holidays calendar, April 26th is all about enjoying pretzels. Pretzels have been around since the 7th Century when monks of the Catholic Church gave their students treats of baked dough that were twisted into a shape reminiscent of crossed arms.
National Blueberry Pie Day
Another one of my favorite foodie holidays, April 28th is the day dedicated to appreciating blueberry pie, the perfect dessert for any celebration. Blueberries commonly come into season in North America around April, making this the perfect time to bake this wonderful, delicious spring treat.
National Shrimp Scampi Day
A popular pasta dish perfect for our list, shrimp scampi has its day of celebration on April 29th. The earliest recorded shrimp scampi recipes were printed in American cookbooks in 1920, and have remained a family favorite dinner for the last hundred years.
National Oatmeal Cookie Day
Being a big fan of desserts and sweets, of course, we have to include National Oatmeal Cookie Day in our April calendars. For those looking to enjoy this sweet treat, April 30th is the day for you. This yummy, healthy dessert is the perfect way to end the month!
Do you know of other foodie holidays that we should celebrate in April? Tell us in the comments!
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I know it’s pretty common for it to be so many different food days! I sometimes like to try and make or get the food for that day!