13 Food & Drink Holidays You Need To Celebrate This August 2015
If you love food and drinks and are always looking for the perfect excuse to indulge, then you'll love some of these August occasions where you can devour cupcakes, watermelon, oysters and whisky sour's to your hearts content. Enjoy!
1. National Chocolate Chip Day (August 4)
National Chocolate Chip Day (not to be confused with National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on May 15), falls on the fourth day of August. Chocolate chips have played a huge part in evolving some of our favourite sweet snacks including cookies, brownies and ice cream.
2. National Oyster Day (August 5)
On August 5 we get to celebrate one of the world's most famous natural aphrodisiacs, the oyster! Some say it's a myth that oysters can increase your libido, but researchers have found that they are rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones.
Photo Cred - Paul McRae
3. National Root Beer Float Day (August 6)
The root beer float originated as the ice cream float in 1874 by Robert McCay Green in Philadelphia, PA. Of course today, anything having to do with root beer is associated with the A&W restaurant chain, so you may see many of their stores offering floats and fries on Root Beer Float Day.
4. International Beer Day (August 7)
Beer Day is celebrated on the first Friday of every August. Starting in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California and now being recognized in 207 cities, 50 countries and 6 continents. If you plan to celebrate, International Beer Day has three purposes:
- To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer.
- To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.
- To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.
5. Homemade Pie Day (August 7)
Homemade Pie Day is also known as Braham Pie Day; originated and celebrated in Braham, Minnesota, the homemade pie capital. If you're looking for ways to celebrate with the Brahamians this month, check out these 10 Easy Pie Recipes.
6. Kool-Aid Day (August 7-9)
Hey Kool-Aid! Who didn't love this sugary sweet, thirst quenching drink as a kid? Kool-Aid's holiday is celebrated in the second week of August over 3 days in Nebraska, with museum exhibits, Kool-Aid pageants, bicycle tours, food and the Grand Parade.
7. S'mores Day (August 10)
If you plan on camping the weekend of August 7, don't forget your marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers to celebrate National S'mores Day on August 10. But don't stop there, check out your local Starbucks for a S'mores Frappucino. You can also try Ben & Jerry's S'mores ice cream or the S'mores Oreo cookie. When it comes to S'mores flavoured foods, the possibilities are endless.
Photo Cred - Sodanie Chea
8. Shop Online For Groceries Day (August 14)
Save yourself some trouble on August 14, or anytime this month as a matter of fact, and buy your groceries online. This occasion is actually in it's second year for 2015 and was first introduced by The Good Food Blog in July 2014 as a month-long sweepstakes, but they also declared the second Friday in August as the official Shop Online for Groceries Day. Happy shopping!
9. National Cupcake Day (August 17)
You gotta love a food holiday with a cause. National Cupcake Day helps the SPCA and Humane Society in fighting animal cruelty with cupcakes! North America actually celebrates Cupcake Day in February but Australia has their cupcake day in August on the third Monday and it can be celebrated all month. Participants promote, host parties and raise funds to help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals each year.
10. National Spumoni Day (August 21)
Spumoni is a molded Italian ice cream made with layers of different colors and flavors, usually containing candied fruits and nuts. If you're near Concordia University on August 21, Restaurant Il Cortile can serve you up a great Spumoni, and why not enjoy some of the fine Italian cuisine while you're at it.
11. National Whiskey Sour Day (August 25)
Enjoy your happy hour on August 25 with a celebratory whisky sour. You don't have to settle for the standard whisky sour however, feel free to try either the Stone Sour, the Kilbeggan Secret Sour, the Knob Creek Sour Ginger, the Shamrock Sour, the Forbidden Sour or the good old fashioned 1870 Sour.
12. More Herbs, Less Salt Day (August 29)
In all your enjoyment of the food and drinks for this month, try opting for less salty foods on August 29 to observe More Herbs, Less Salt Day. Everyone should be encouraged to use herbs in their home-cooked meals, in place of salt. Using more herbs and less salt over time will open your palette to taste the natural salts in any food and make low-salt food/cooking and natural part of your regular diet.
Photo cred - Jenny.nash712
13. National Toasted Marshmallow Day (August 30)
You haven't lived until you've tasted a toasted marshmallow, and what better day to break your toasted marshmallow virginity than on August 30 for National Toasted Marshmallow Day. No, you do not have to be on a camp ground to enjoy them, here is a quick guide on Roasting Marshmallows in the Oven.