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November Food Holidays

National and international food holidays and observances for the month of November.

November is easily the biggest food holiday of the year, a joyous time when families come together in love and gratitude over a celebratory feast of small food stuffed into large food. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a feast of roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cranberry sauce, and for dessert, pumpkin pie. But we’re a big country, made up of many regions and ethnicities and a “traditional” Thanksgiving can mean many things.

For many families it means a smoked or fried turkey served with a dizzying array of sides, like noodles, sweet potatoes, squash casserole, green bean casserole, broccoli-cheese casserole, ambrosia salad, corn pudding, collard greens and Brussels sprouts. In the South, pecan pie is almost as important as the turkey. And in Maine, don’t be surprised if you see stuffed clams and parsnips. Being Italian might mean a second dinner of spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna. If you have Greek heritage, you may have turkey and lamb. Or just lamb. Peking duck, fried rice, dumplings might make an appearance on Chinese-American tables and no Mexican celebration is complete without tamales and perhaps a nice, warm cup of champurrado. If you’re German… ah, well you get it. Basically, everything is on the table this month.

November Monthly Holidays

Banana Pudding Lovers Month
Georgia Pecan Month
Good Nutrition Month
Gluten Free Diet Awareness Month
Good Nutrition Month
Great American Smoke Out Month
Greens and Plantains Month
Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
National American Indian Heritage Month

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
National Pepper Month
National Pomegranate Month
National Roasting Month
Plum Month
Raisin Bread Month
Squash Month
Sweet Potato Awareness Month
Vegan Month

November Weekly Holidays

Ashura (week 1)
National Fig Week (week 1)

National Farm-City Week (week 3)
National Split Pea Soup Week (week 2)

November Daily Holidays

  • 11/1 (Fri) Cookie Monster Day
  • 11/1 (Fri) National Cook For Your Pets Day
  • 11/1 (Fri) National Deep Fried Clams Day
  • 11/1 (Fri) National Vinegar Day
  • 11/2 (Sat) National Deviled Egg Day
  • 11/3 (Sun) National Sandwich Day
  • 11/4 (Mon) National Candy Day
  • 11/4 (Mon) National Men Make Dinner Day
  • 11/5 (Tue) National Doughnut Day
  • 11/6 (Wed) National Nachos Day
  • 11/7 (Thu) Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • 11/7 (Thu) National Gin Day
  • 11/8 (Fri) National Cappuccino Day
  • 11/8 (Fri) National Harvey Wallbanger Day
  • 11/9 (Sat) Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day
  • 11/9 (Sat) National Scrapple Day
  • 11/10 (Sun) National Vanilla Cupcake Day
  • 11/11 (Mon) National Sundae Day
  • 11/12 (Tue) National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day
  • 11/13 (Wed) National Indian Pudding Day
  • 11/14 (Thu) National Guacamole Day
  • 11/14 (Thu) National Pickle Day
  • 11/15 (Fri) National Bundt Day
  • 11/15 (Fri) National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
  • 11/15 (Fri) National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
  • 11/16 (Sat) National Fast Food Day
  • 11/17 (Sun) Homemade Bread Day
  • 11/17 (Sun) National Baklava Day
  • 11/18 (Mon) National Vichyssoise Day
  • 11/19 (Tue) Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
  • 11/19 (Tue) Great American Smokeout
  • 11/19 (Tue) National Zinfandel Day
  • 11/20 (Wed) Beaujolais Nouveau Day
  • 11/20 (Wed) National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
  • 11/21 (Thu) Gingerbread Day
  • 11/21 (Thu) Great American Smokeout
  • 11/22 (Fri) National Cashew Day
  • 11/23 (Sat) Eat a Cranberry Day
  • 11/23 (Sat) National Espresso Day
  • 11/24 (Sun) National Sardines Day
  • 11/25 (Mon) National Parfait Day
  • 11/26 (Tue) National Cake Day
  • 11/27 (Wed) National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
  • 11/28 (Thu) National French Toast Day
  • 11/28 (Thu) Sinkie Day
  • 11/28 (Thu) Thanksgiving
  • 11/28 (Thu) Turkey-Free Thanksgiving
  • 11/29 (Fri) Chocolates Day
  • 11/29 (Fri) National Lemon Creme Pie Day
  • 11/30 (Sat) National Mousse Day

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