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The 12 worst national food days, ranked

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These may be fighting words, but national food days do not matter. Sorry, but it’s true.

As a food journalist, I receive “news” of nationally recognized food days on a regular basis, and while I can’t say I haven’t indulged on days like National Burger Day (May 28) or National Ice Cream Day (July 17), there are some I refuse to acknowledge at all.

Until now—because they have gotten so ridiculous.

From undeserving foods that I find difficult to believe anyone is celebrating, to the way-too-specific days that make me scream,
“Why?!” here is a list of the 12 worst national food days, ranked in order of bad to never celebrating that.

12. National Drink Wine Day (Feb. 18)

Wine-related days typically get a pass in my book, but this one is questionable because we already have National Wine Day (May 25). What exactly is expected of us on May 25 that is different from drinking wine?

Thinking of things to do with wine other than drink it...

Thinking of things to do with wine other than drink it…

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11. National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day (April 16)

Judging by the time of year this day falls on, it’s likely a nod to the Easter tradition. But is this odd dish really deserving of its own day? The argument of pineapple on pizza is heated enough as it is, so let’s avoid a pineapple-with-protein celebration.

10. National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day (also Feb. 18)


While I personally think this dish is divine, this day irks me because it’s so out of left field. Who’s to say cheese-stuffed bell peppers or crawfish-stuffed trout aren’t good enough for a day of their own? While this solid seafood dish and its “day” earned a spotlight in Houstonia magazine, I think if we’re going this far, equally appetizing stuffed offerings should be commemorated, too.

9. National Fig Newton Day (Jan. 16)

Seriously, how many of us have eaten a Fig Newton since 1989? The chewy, square-shaped cookie with a fruity, gelatin-esque filling may have appeared in my lunch box from time to time back in elementary school, but I’ve moved on. So should we all.

Croutons on tomato soup, sure, but a crouton on its own is no cause for celebration.

Croutons on tomato soup, sure, but a crouton on its own is no cause for celebration.

8. National Crouton Day (May 13)

Not to hate on cheesy, garlicky, crunchy bites, but this day seems unnecessary. Do croutons, on their own, need to be celebrated? Sure, they serve as a great addition to my salad, but without a mess of leafy greens, garden veggies and creamy dressing, I can live without them.

7. National Candied Orange Peel Day (May 4)

I love a good candied orange, but I draw the line at celebrating its peel. 

The author of this article was caught red-handed enjoying something on a stick in an archival photo from 2018.

The author of this article was caught red-handed enjoying something on a stick in an archival photo from 2018.

Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle

6. National Something on a Stick Day (March 28)

What bothers me about this day, aside from it sounding completely unappetizing, is that it falls at the end of March when the Houston rodeo comes to a close. Sausage on a stick and foot-long cheese-dipped corn dogs are appropriate when walking around NRG Park carnival grounds, but not so much the rest of the year. If skewers count as food on a stick, then I can allow some wiggle room.

5. National Moldy Cheese Day (Oct. 9)

My gripe with this day is its moldy name. Blue cheese delicacies like Gorgonzola are already unfairly maligned, so why recognize them as a day with an unappealing name that’ll have you aching to clean out your fridge over digging into a wedge?

Rosie Cannonball serves some of the best pizza in town and is not afraid of an anchovy.

Rosie Cannonball serves some of the best pizza in town and is not afraid of an anchovy.

Julie Soefer

4. National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day (Nov. 11)

First of all, #TeamAnchovies. Secondly, as far as I know, there aren’t any other pizza toppings singled out in such a rude way, so why anchovies? The salty, briny fish only adds to a pizza with the works, IMO.

3. National Trail Mix Day (Aug. 31)

Trail mix may be a common munchie on bike rides, hikes and road trips, but that’s probably because something more delicious isn’t immediately available. I love the crunchy mix of salty and sweet as much as the next gal, but the truth is, trail mix is unmemorable and uninteresting, and does not deserve a day on the foodie calendar.

There is really a ceiling of excitement for trail mix.

There is really a ceiling of excitement for trail mix.

Graca Victoria

2. National Rice Cake Day (Nov. 29)

Slightly more annoying than trail mix day is one honoring rice cakes. They are a low-calorie, no-flavor snack that should be reserved as a hunker-down essential to store in your hurricane stash should Houston’s power goes out. Nothing more.

1. National Cook a Sweet Potato Day (Feb. 22)

The title of worst national food day is reserved for this gem. Not only is it unimaginative—I mean, I cook a sweet potato any old night of the week—but it also falls on National Margarita Day. I can confidently say that if I get started on margs, there will be less cooking of potatoes and more ordering in of pizza.



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