May: Strawberries and Salsa, BBQ and Burgers

Dancing around the Maypole. May baskets left on the front porch. The return of farmers’ markets and locally-grown produce. Mothers’ Day and graduations galore. There are so many reasons to be happy that the month of May has finally arrived.

What’s more, May comes with a whole cascade of food-loving holidays and celebrations.

May is:

May_DayOther food holidays are celebrated on a single, glorious day:

May 1: National Chocolate Parfait Day
May 2: National Truffles Day
May 3: National Raspberry Tart Day
May 4: National Homebrew Day, National Candied Orange Peel Day and National Orange Juice Day
May 5: National Chocolate Custard Day, National Hoagie Day, and Cinco de Mayo
May 6: National Crêpes Suzette Day, which shares the date with International No Diet Day
May 7: National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
May 8 National Empanada Day, followed at dessert time with Coconut Cream Pie Day
May 9: National Butterscotch Brownie Day, washed down in celebration of National Moscato Day
May 10: National Shrimp Day
May 11: Eat What You Want Day (which should be every day!)
May 12: National Nutty Fudge Day
May 13 National Apple Pie Day
May 14: National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
May 15: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and National Hummus Day
May 17: National Cherry Cobbler Day
May 18: National Cheese Soufflé Day
May 19: National Devil’s Food Cake Day, which is a fitting observance of World Baking Day
May 20: National Quiche Lorraine Day and Pick Strawberries Day
May 21: National Strawberries and Cream Day (use those strawberries you picked yesterday)
May 22: National Vanilla Pudding Day
May 23: National Taffy Day
May 24: National Escargot Day
May 25: National Brown-Bag-It Day, which is perhaps-not-coincidentally National Wine Day
May 26: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day, and also National Cherry Dessert Day (that’s a lot of fruity desserts for one day!)
May 27: National Grape Popsicle Day
May 28: National Brisket Day and National Hamburger Day (a good day for a picnic or cookout!)
May 29: National Coq Au Vin Day
May 30: National Mint Julep Day
May 31: National Macaroon Day

We’ll share ideas and tips and recipes for celebrating these themes throughout the month. If you have any favorite tips or recipes of your own (for these “holidays,” or for any other) please think about sharing them with us here at this link.

Photo credit: May Pole, Central Park, 1910, on Flickr.