In case you did not know, there is a ‘National’ food day for almost every day of the year.

While some are understandable and seasonal like ‘National Burger Day,’ on August 27, some could be considered a little strange. Especially since the idea behind them is to get the public to ‘celebrate’ them by consuming the food and/or by throwing parties in honor of it.

For instance, in the preceding months of June and July, our nation ‘celebrated’ ‘National Vinegar Day,’ (June 16), and ‘National Gummi Worm Day,’ (July 15).

The month of August started out no differently. August 1, 2014, was ‘National Mustard Day.’

If you would never consider throwing a party to honor vinegar, Gummi Worms or mustard, you may wonder where these ‘holidays’ come from and who actually approves them.

Unlike Valentine’s Day, The Fourth of July, or Christmas, national food holidays do not originate from a religious or cultural background – they are sponsored by the food vendors who profit from sales.

For instance, if you were part of a trade association or commodity group that produced mustard, it would be in your best interest to have an elected official declare ‘mustard day.’

According to thenibble.com, “Petitions are introduced by constituents, trade associations or public relations firms to honor industries, events, professions, hobbies, etc. The Senate issues commemorative resolutions that do not have the force of law. Some state legislatures and governors proclaim special observance days, as do mayors of cities, which is why there can be a National Chocolate Day and a National Chocolate Month, as well as two National Guacamole Days—authorized at different levels of government. After the observance day has been authorized, it is up to the petitioner to promote it to the public.”

Approximately 150 times per year, none other than the President of the United States even gets involved, declaring a commemorative day or event with his signature.

If you think it is a little absurd to bother the president about ‘National Gummi Worm Day,’ you may find a few more facts about food days interesting.

Somehow, some foods get more than one day and come at odd times.

A prime example is egg salad and apples.

Egg salad gets its own week in April, but apples actually get the months of September, October and November – and an additional oddball day, ‘National Eat a Red Apple Day,’ on December 1.

Reigning authority on food days, ‘Chase’s Calendar of Events,’ a 750-page annual publication of notable birthdays, community events and holidays, edited in Chicago, Illinois, often includes playful food holidays just for fun.

Some of those include, ‘National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Night,’ on August 8, and ‘National Yell ‘Fudge’ at the Cobras in North America Day,’ on June 2.

“In order to keep poisonous cobra snakes out of North America, all citizens are asked to go outdoors at noon local time and yell ‘fudge!’ Fudge makes cobras gag, and the mere mention of it makes them skedaddle,” say the couple who submitted the idea to Chase on their website, wellcat.com.

To save you some time looking for what foods you should stock up on this month, take a look at the August National Food Day Calendar, as presented by Wikipedia. In case you do not know what Spumoni is on August 21, here is a hint: start in the ice cream department.

August

August 3

National Mustard Day

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August 3

Watermelon Day

August 3

National White Wine Day

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August 8

National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day

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August 10

National S'more Day

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August 13

National Filet Mignon Day

August 14

National Creamsicle Day

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August 15

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

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August 16

National Rum Day

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August 16

World Bratwurst Day

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August 17

National Vanilla Custard Day

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August 21

National Spumoni Day

August 23

National Sponge Cake Day

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August 25

National Mac n' Cheese Day

August 26

National Cherry Popsicle Day

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August 27

National Burger Day

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August 28

Crackers Over The Keyboard Day

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August 29

More Herbs, Less Salt Day

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August 30

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

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August 31

Trail Mix Day

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