October Holidays – Food and Otherwise

The days are getting shorter, and the weather is finally getting cooler. It’s a perfect time for outdoor fitness (it’s not so sweaty!), and for coming home to something delicious that has cooked in a Crock-Pot all day.

There’s a lot to be excited about, beyond being able to comfortably wear long pants and sweaters again. Older kids are excited for Homecoming, and the younger ones (and a lot of the older ones: see SpiceGirl Eva, right) are plotting their Halloween costumes.

Grown-ups have their own entertainments to look forward to, too, with Oktoberfest parties, football games, and televised Presidential debates. You know, if that is the kind of “entertainment” that floats your boat. If there are good snacks are being served, count on us being there, too.

October is a monthlong celebration of many favorite foods or food genres, including:
National Apple Month
National Caramel Month
National Chili Month
National Cookie Month and
National Dessert Month
National Pasta Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Pizza Festival Month
National Popcorn Poppin’ Month (just in time for unveiling our new popcorn seasoning set!)
National Pork Month
National Seafood Month
Vegetarian Awareness Month (“Oh, hey there, vegetarians. There you are. I see you.”)

In those rare moments when you’re not eating, in October we *also* observe both Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month; it’s National Diabetes Month, Clergy Appreciation Month, Computer Learning Month and (wait for it –) Sarcastic Month (oh, joy! – and I’m not being sarcastic about that remark!).

But, back to food, October also has several week-long celebrations of wild and delicious abandon:
National Chili Week (1st Week)
American Beer Week (2nd Week)

October 1: World Vegetarian Day
October 1: Pudding Season Begins (I was not aware Pudding Season ever ended…?)
October 1: Homemade Cookies Day
October 2: National Fried Scallops Day
October 4: National Taco Day
October 4: National Vodka Day
October 6: National Noodle Day
October 7: National Frappe Day
October 8: National Fluffernutter Day
October 8: National Pierogi Day
October 9: Moldy Cheese Day (I hope they mean bleu cheese, and not any old moldy fromage, ew)
October 9: Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder Day
October 10: National Angel Food Cake Day
October 11: National Dessert Day, and National Sausage Pizza Day (maybe the Best Day Ever?)
October 12: National Gumbo Day
October 13: National Yorkshire Pudding Day
October 14: National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day
October 15: National Chicken Cacciatore Day
October 15: National Roast Pheasant Day
October 16: World Food Day
October 16: National Liqueur Day
October 17: National Pasta Day
October 17: Four Prunes Day (Say what?)
October 18: National Chocolate Cupcake Day
October 19: National Seafood Bisque Day
October 20: National Brandied Fruit Day
October 21: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
October 21: Caramel Apple Day
October 22: National Nut Day (Celebrate with our new Spiced Nuts kit!)
October 23: National Boston Cream Pie Day
October 23: National Canning Day
October 24: National Bologna Day
October 24: Good and Plenty Day
October 25: National Greasy Foods Day
October 26: Pumpkin Day
October 26: Pretzel Day
October 26: Mince Meat Pie Day
October 27: National Potato Day and American Beer Day (Close runner-up to the Best Day Ever.)
October 28: National Chocolate Day (Celebrate with some of our Cacao Nibs, perhaps?)
October 28: Wild Foods Day
October 29: National Oatmeal Day
October 30: National Candy Corn Day
October 30: Buy a Doughnut Day
October 31: National Candy Apple Day
October 31: Trick or Treat for UNICEF Day

What’s your favorite thing about October? What’s your favorite food for Fall?