No Foolin: Food Holidays in April

April_FlowersT.S. Elliot famously said that April is the cruelest month. He may have had a point there. Between late-season snowfall, tax deadlines, and funny-bordering-on-cruel pranks for April Fools’ Day, it is no surprise that April is “celebrated” as National Stress Awareness Month (!!).

But hey, on the up-side, April is also National Humor Month, International Guitar Month …. and National Poetry Month, too. And can a month that celebrates Grilled Cheese *and* the BLT sandwich (*and* garlic!!) all month long be all that bad?

Celebrated all month long:
National BLT Sandwich Month and National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month
National Garlic Month
National Soft Pretzel Month
National Soy Foods Month

Weeklong food celebrations:
National Bake Week (first week)
National Egg Salad Week (second week)

Reasons to celebrate, day by day in April:
April 1: National Sourdough Bread Day
April 2: National Peanut Butter And Jelly Day
April 3: National Chocolate Mousse Day
April 5: National Caramel Day
April 6: National Caramel Popcorn Day
April 7: Coffee Cake Day
April 8: National Empanada Day
April 11: National Cheese Fondue Day and Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (the best day ever?)
April 13: National Peach Cobbler Day
April 14: National Pecan Day
April 15: National Glazed Spiral Ham Day
April 16: National Eggs Benedict Day
April 16: Day of the Mushroom
April 19: Garlic Day
April 20: National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day and Lima Bean Respect Day (please don’t combine these two)
April 22: Earth Day and National Jelly Bean Day
April 23: National Cherry Cheesecake Day and National Picnic Day
April 24: National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day
April 25: National Zucchini Bread Day
April 26: National Pretzel Day
April 27: National Prime Rib Day
April 28: National Blueberry Pie Day
April 29: National Shrimp Scampi Day
April 30: National Raisin Day

Photo credit: April Flowers, Elisabeth Lewin