Regular readers of Meal Ticket know that we're big fans of the ridiculousness of (made up) national food holidays (did you know it's National Eat A Peach Day?) but Jessica Sidman of the Washington City Paper isn't having it.
In a piece published today she rails against the absurd nature of these pretty much totally made up holidays: "Someone, somewhere has declared a day of recognition for every edible imaginable; there’s National Watermelon Day, National Crème Brûlée Day, National Caviar Day, National Bouillabaisse Day, and International Bacon Day. (What makes that last one international? No idea.) Some of these holidays were originally named by a trade association or government body. National Ice Cream Day and National Catfish Day, for instance, were created through presidential proclamation. (Thanks, Ronald Reagan.) But “official” or not, each is just as absurd as the last."
Here at Meal Ticket we totally get where Sidman is coming from since we open our inbox virtually everyday to find something along the lines of "Hello! Did you know that November 17th it National Root Beer Schnapps Day? Celebrate in style with… " and yeah, they're pretty much all just marketing ploys.
Anyway, it's a good read but it's not going to stop us from sharing our favorite made up food holidays with all of you. Here's the full story.
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