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October Food Holidays

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

A lot of families will be busy carving up pumpkins and making scary party food for Halloween but October is also a month to enjoy some authentic German, Italian and Polish American food, so don’t fill up on orange-frosted cupcakes and tiny Almond Joys.

October Monthly Holidays

American Cheese Month
Cookbook Month
Eat Country Ham Month
Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Fair Trade Month
Family Health Month
German American Heritage Month
Italian American Heritage Month
National Apple Month
National Applejack Month
National Bake and Decorate Month
National Caramel Month
National Chili Month
National Cookie Month
National Dessert Month

National Pasta Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Pizza Festival Month
National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
National Pork Month
National Pretzel Month
National Sausage Month
National Seafood Month
Pear and Pineapple Month
Persimmons Month
Polish American Heritage Month
Sausage Month
Spinach Lovers Month
Vegetarian Awareness Month

October Weekly Holidays

American Beer Week (week 2)
Bulk Foods Week (week 3)
Chicken Soup for the Soul Week (week 4)
National Chili Week (week 1)
National Food Bank Week (week 2)

National Hispanic Heritage Weeks(week 1-2)
National Kraut Sandwich Week (week 3)
National School Lunch Week (week 2)
No Salt Week (week 1)
Pickled Peppers Week (week 3)

October Daily Holidays

  • 10/1 (Tue) Homemade Cookies Day
  • 10/1 (Tue) World Vegetarian Day
  • 10/1 (Tue) Pudding season begins
  • 10/2 (Wed) National Fried Scallops Day
  • 10/3 (Thu) National Caramel Custard Day
  • 10/4 (Fri) National Taco Day
  • 10/4 (Fri) National Vodka Day
  • 10/5 (Sat) National Apple Betty Day
  • 10/6 (Sun) National Noodle Day
  • 10/7 (Mon) National Frappe Day
  • 10/8 (Tue) National Pierogi Day
  • 10/8 (Tue) National Fluffernutter Day
  • 10/9 (Wed) Submarine/Hoagie/Hero/Grinder Day
  • 10/9 (Wed) Moldy Cheese Day
  • 10/10 (Thu) National Cake Decorating Day
  • 10/10 (Thu) National Angel Food Cake Day
  • 10/11 (Fri) World Egg Day
  • 10/11 (Fri) National Sausage Pizza Day
  • 10/12 (Sat) Canadian Thanksgiving
  • 10/12 (Sat) National Gumbo Day
  • 10/13 (Sun) National Yorkshire Pudding Day
  • 10/14 (Mon) Columbus Day
  • 10/14 (Mon) National Dessert Day
  • 10/14 (Mon) National Chocolate-covered Insects Day
  • 10/15 (Tue) National Roast Pheasant Day
  • 10/15 (Tue) National Chicken Cacciatore Day
  • 10/16 (Wed) World Food Day
  • 10/16 (Wed) National Liqueur Day
  • 10/17 (Thu) National Pasta Day
  • 10/17 (Thu) Four Prunes Day
  • 10/18 (Fri) National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • 10/19 (Sat) National Seafood Bisque Day
  • 10/19 (Sat) Sweetest Day
  • 10/20 (Sun) National Brandied Fruit Day
  • 10/21 (Mon) National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • 10/21 (Mon) Caramel Apple Day
  • 10/22 (Tue) National Nut Day
  • 10/23 (Wed) National Canning Day
  • 10/23 (Wed) National Boston Cream Day
  • 10/24 (Thu) Good and Plenty Day
  • 10/24 (Thu) National Bologna Day
  • 10/25 (Fri) National Greasy Foods Day
  • 10/26 (Sat) Mincemeat Day
  • 10/26 (Sat) Pumpkin Day
  • 10/26 (Sat) Pretzel Day
  • 10/27 (Sun) American Beer Day
  • 10/28 (Mon) Wild Foods Day
  • 10/28 (Mon) National Chocolate Day
  • 10/29 (Tue) National Oatmeal Day
  • 10/30 (Wed) Buy a Doughnut Day
  • 10/30 (Wed) National Candy Corn Day
  • 10/31 (Thu) Samhain begins
  • 10/31 (Thu) National Candy Apple Day
  • 10/31 (Thu) Halloween

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