We all love an excuse for a party. Whenever there’s an opportunity to down tools and indulge in some impromptu revelry, most of us won’t hesitate to join in. However, it seems that our attempts to justify wanton celebration have been allowed to run unchecked for too long. The result is that we now have an entire calendar’s worth of ridiculous and entirely unnecessary foodie festivals that people can observe. Recognised around the world, here are a few of the silliest global food days.
1. Fruitcake Toss Day
Tracing its roots back to 1995, Colorado’s annual Fruitcake Toss Day is as much a sporting event as it is a celebration of food. A symbolic expulsion of the previous year, people gather on January 3rd to try and throw their Christmas fruitcake as far as possible. Today, groups of friends and family all over the world can join in the festivities, by sharing the hashtag “FruitcakeTossDay” on social media, accompanied by photographic evidence of their unwanted sponge.
2. Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
America are undoubtedly the kings of the pointless food festival, and there are few days that better demonstrate this than the now internationally regarded Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Supposedly started on a snowy 60s morning in New York, this self-explanatory event is celebrated around the world on the first Saturday in February.
3. International Dog Biscuit Appreciation day
Tenuous excuses for foodie extravagance are not just limited to humanity. The origins of International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day remain shrouded in mystery, as does the precise way one is supposed to celebrate. Nonetheless, anyone wanting to make extra fuss over man’s best friend should mark February 23rd in their calendars at the next available opportunity.
4. World Drive-Thru Day
If current statistics over society’s general state of unhealthiness are to be believed, the last thing we need is a day dedicated to drive-thru. Nonetheless, those who love to awkwardly tackle burgers and fries whilst at the wheel have the perfect excuse to indulge on July 24th, thanks to this “holiday”.
5. National Crackers over the Keyboard Day
With such a plethora of ridiculous food days throughout the year, it takes a very particular person to come up with one that stands out. Enter odd celebration guru, Thomas Roy. The creator of days as diverse Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day and Haunted Refrigerator Night, perhaps Roy’s crowning achievement is National Crackers Over the Keyboard Day, which encourages Americans to clog their computers with biscuit crumbs on August 28th.
6. World Egg Week
If one food deserves a day of celebration, it’s the egg. A staple in cooking all over the world, eggs are essential ingredients in a host of famous dishes. That being said, the notion that we need a week to celebrate this food feels more than a little excessive. For anyone who fancies booking off a week-long egg-stravaganza, the celebrations start on the second Friday of October.
7. National Cook for your Pets Day
Whilst even high end dog and cat foods may not seem especially appetising to people, even the most pampered pets rarely have cause to complain about their food. The idea, therefore, that pet owners should dedicate a day to cooking for them seems more absurd than anything else on this list. If you feel that your dog deserves a proper dinner, you can show off your culinary skills on November 1st.
If you look hard enough, you can find a foodie celebration for every day of the year. However, if you feel the need to throw a party for any of these particularly niche events, you may need to reevaluate your priorities. By all means celebrate food, but don’t dedicate a week to eggs.