On January 1, 2013, we embarked upon a year-long quest to celebrate at least one National Food Holiday every day for a year. This wasn’t always easy, as we were frequently traveling or involved in other time-consuming activities (such as getting married!). But we were successful, and have a blog post (and accompanying picture) for every day of the year. We ate and drank everything from Yorkshire Pudding and Irish Coffee to Crab Newburg and Beaujolais Nouveau. For every slice of pie and piece of fruit celebrated, there was something equally exotic – you’d be surprised by the diversity of American food holidays! We ate Coq au Vin and Welsh Rarebit, escargot and caviar, chocolate covered insects and dog biscuits, Hot Buttered Rum and Bloody Marys. Along the way we learned many interesting facts about the foods we were eating and the beverages we were drinking. We even got to converse with the grandchildren of the man who invented Fettuccine Alfredo! It was an amazing experience, and one that we are proud to have undertaken.
The National Food Holiday page links to each completed challenge for easy accessibility. Or you can search by food category. If you’re really bored, just go back to January 1, 2013 and dig in. Which is exactly what we did!
Thinking of taking on this challenge yourself? I posted some tips on the final day of the year that should help you navigate the ups and downs you’ll inevitably encounter over the year. My best advice: plan ahead, be flexible, and have fun. And most of all: good luck!