February food holidays – beyond Valentine’s Day chocolates

With only twenty-eight (sometimes twenty-nine) days, February may be the shortest month in the calendar year, but it is packed with a great abundance of delicious food holidays. From peppermint patties and pork rind to pistachios and Pisco sours, February’s food holidays are much more than the (admittedly delicious) chocolates at Valentine’s Day.

Calendar-on-February-2017_1-986x1024February’s “floating” food holidays:
National Pork Rind Appreciation Day, SuperBowl Sunday (the first Sunday, but occasionally happens on the last Sunday in January) See our Super Bowl stories at this link.
International Pancake Day Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday; this year that falls on February 28
Oatmeal Monday, second Monday

February’s one-day food holidays:
February 2: National Pisco Sour Day (rim your glasses with Peruvian Chile-Citrus Sea Salt)
February 3: National Carrot Cake Day (here with Hibiscus-tinted frosting, yum)
February 4: Homemade Soup Day
February 4: National Stuffed Mushroom Day
February 5: National Chocolate Fondue Day
February 5: World Nutella Day (celebrate perhaps with these Oatmeal Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies)
February 6: National Chopsticks Day (help ring in the Asian lunar new year – 2017 is the Year of the Cock)
February 7: National Fettuccine Alfredo Day (it’s a much easier dish to make than you might think!)
February 8: Molasses Bar Day
February 9: National Bagels and Lox Day
February 9: Pizza Pie Day
February 10: Cream Cheese Brownie Day (serve with cream cheese Ghost Chili Frosting – hot!)
February 11: Peppermint Patty Day
February 13: National Tortellini Day (how about Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup?)
February 14: National Creme-Filled Chocolates Day (check out all our chocolate recipes!)
February 16: National Almond Day
vintagevalentineFebruary 17: National Indian Pudding Day
February 18: Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day
February 18: Drink Wine Day (don’t mind if we do!)
February 19: National Chocolate Mint Day (chase it with a Chocolate Peppermint Martini)
February 20: National Cherry Pie Day
February 22: National Margarita Day
February 23: National Banana Bread Day
February 23: Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
February 24: National Tortilla Chip Day (pair with Aji Amarillo Pineapple Salsa)
February 25: National Chocolate-Covered Nuts Day
February 26: National Pistachio Day
February 27: National CSA Day
February 27: National Strawberry Day
February 27: National Kahlua Day
February 28: National Chili Day
February 29: Surf and Turf Day (leap years only)

Also, these food holidays last all throughout the month of February:
Berry Fresh Month
Canned Food Month
Celebration of Chocolate Month
Great American Pies Month
National Cherry Month
National Fiber Focus Month
National Fondue Month
National Grapefruit Month
National Heart Healthy Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
National Snack Food Month
Potato Lover’s Month
Sweet Potato Month

Photo credit: McCall Style and Beauty, 1939, George Eastman House
February 2017 calendar credit: Printable Calendar Holidays