89% of people can't guess these uncommon food-related holidays! Can you?

Carolyn Brooks Fleming

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Thanksgiving and Halloween are just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to food-related holidays. There's a foodie celebration for every day of the year. Take this quiz to test your knowledge and to discover your new favorite holiday to celebrate!

Which food holiday, observed on March 28, celebrates both corn dogs and kabobs?

National Something on a Stick Day includes not only corn dogs and kabobs, but also grilled fruit and toasted marshmallows. Let your imagination run wild.

Which holiday honors people who wear a toque blanche, or who at least know how to blanch vegetables?

Culinarians Day, celebrated on July 25, honors all cooks and chefs. A toque blanche is the tall white hat some chefs wear. To blanch vegetables, briefly cook them in boiling water, then plunge them into ice water to halt the cooking process.

What holiday celebrates an odd combo of gardening and trespassing?

If your garden has too much zucchini and you don't mind trespassing, celebrate National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day. The official date is August 8, presumably when zucchini is most plentiful.

What should you do on National S'mores Day?

On National S'mores Day, have a classic s'more, made by sandwiching a toasted marshmallow and some chocolate between two graham crackers. This is a famous campfire treat. Alternatively, carefully microwave a mixture of Golden Grahams cereal, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips, then cool before eating.

November 12 is National Pizza with the Works - except for what food item - Day?

November 12 is National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day. Someone had a very specific agenda when they created this holiday! However, when properly prepared, anchovies add a salty background note to pizza, not an overly fishy taste.

What food holiday originates from a burnt toast incident at the Savoy Hotel in London?

According to legend, opera singer Dame Nellie Melba ordered dry toast at the Savoy, but it was overtoasted. Luckily, she enjoyed the thin, crispy toast, and Melba toast was born. Melba Toast Day is observed on March 23.

What is the Great American Wiknic?

The Great American Wiknic is called the annual "picnic anyone can edit." It's a time when Wikipedia enthusiasts can gather to share food and fun with others in the same geographic area. Most Wiknics take place in July, but it's up to individuals to create and edit the arrangements online.

What August holiday includes fun activities such as bowling, fishing, and a spinning wheel of fortune, all served with a popular condiment?

Enjoy a spicy array of mustard-related activities on National Mustard Day, the first Saturday in August, at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin, USA. Don't forget to try the frozen mustard custard.

Who once said, "Today is National Cheese Day, and I mean this when I say it, I hope your day is as gouda as mine. And if you're having a bad day, just hope it gets cheddar. Come on, admit it, that was sharp. I'm sorry, those puns were cheesy. Seriously, I apologize for those jokes. That's not the person I want to brie"?

Jimmy Fallon made this punny speech on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." National Cheese Day is celebrated on June 4 - not to be confused with National Cheese Lovers Day, January 20, or National Moldy Cheese Day, October 9.

What iconic flavors should you enjoy on National Bomb Pop Day?

On National Bomb Pop Day, have an iconic popsicle that looks like a missile. Many color and flavor combos exist today, but the famous original features red for cherry, white for lime, and blue for blue raspberry.

When is Bacon Day?

Bacon Day is always celebrated on December 30. Enjoy some bacon on this special day, but save some for making delicious New Year's Eve appetizers as well. Why set aside a day just to honor bacon? Because bacon!

What is stargazy pie, a treat that is honored every December 23?

Stargazy pie is a savory pie with actual fish heads sticking up through the crust, as if they are stargazing. Stargazy Pie Day honors Tom Bawcock, a legendary fisherman who supposedly saved a fishing village from starvation during a famine in Cornwall, England, by bringing them a load of fish.

What should you eat on National Escargot Day?

On National Escargot Day, May 24, foodies enjoy land snails served with butter, garlic, and wine. Give this French appetizer a try, at least.

What is Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day?

On Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day, observed on July 29, buy extra cheese and sacrifice some to bait your mousetraps. This will presumably keep your home mouse-free for the coming year.

What should dedicated holiday celebrants have for breakfast on February 18?

February 18 is Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. The holiday was invented in the 1960s by a harried mom, Florence Rappaport, whose six children were bored. The family continued the tradition for years, and, as various Rappaports traveled, they shared the tradition all over the world.

What holiday honors a sweet treat that was accidentally "improved" when ocean water swamped a candy stand during a storm in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA?

Regular taffy is fine, but the sweet-and-salty treat known as salt water taffy was accidentally invented when ocean water swamped a candy stand during a storm in Atlantic City. Celebrate National Taffy Day on May 23.

What is New Beer's Eve?

New Beer's Eve is celebrated on April 6. It's the anniversary of the last day of Prohibition, back in 1930. On the following day, beer trucks started delivering beer to thirsty US citizens.

What holiday honors the patient and dedicated restaurant employees who take your order and serve your food?

National Waitstaff Day, May 21, honors the people who take your order and serve your food - preferably with a smile. They depend on you for a generous tip to supplement their basic wages.

What August holiday could you celebrate either by eating seafood or by wearing pearls?

Oyster Day is observed on August 5. Some oysters are able to change gender, based on changes in their environment or nutrition. Perhaps that's how they decide whether or not to make pearls?

On what day might you decide to make almond radish ice cream or garlic bread ice cream?

On Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day, July 1, let your imagination run wild. There are no rules here. Even a failure is a learning experience.

What chocolate-centric holiday, observed on October 14, might put off dessert lovers who are a bit squeamish?

On National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day, be adventurous! After all, a chocolate-covered cricket must be more delicious than a plain one, right? If you truly have no stomach for this holiday, October 14 also happens to be World Egg Day.

For what holiday should crepes be served with a brandy and citrus sauce, then set on fire when served?

On National Crepes Suzette Day, May 6, serve crepes topped with a brandy and citrus sauce, then set them on fire. The dish was invented by accident in 1895, when waiter Henri Carpentier was serving the future King Edward VII. If you celebrate this holiday, practice safe crepe service, please!

On what June food holiday is it especially acceptable not to cry over spilt milk or other culinary mishaps?

On Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, June 13, don't fret over spills and boil-overs. Well, maybe fret a little if it also happens to be Friday the 13th. And surely the rest of the world can enjoy some klutziness in the kitchen, along with the Americans.

What holiday is observed by environmentalists, activists, and vegans on March 20?

Meatout is a day to consider alternatives to meat. Participants share vegan food samples and educate others about saving the environment and showing compassion toward animals.

On September 4, what should you do with your dessert?

September 4 is Eat an Extra Dessert Day. Celebrate at your own risk!

Which holiday would you most likely celebrate by visiting KFC, Popeye's, Church's, or Chick-fil-A?

National Fried Chicken Day, July 6, is a great time to visit a fried chicken franchise or make your own. For extra crispy crust, dip the chicken in flour, then buttermilk or batter, then in flour again before frying.

On August 31, why should you dine al fresco?

In Italian, "alfresco" means "In the cool," so in English dining alfresco means eating outside. Oddly enough, Italians don't use that phrase for eating outside.

When is Egg Saturday?

The date for Egg Saturday varies year to year. It is celebrated by some Christians on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is always 46 days before Easter.

Which foodie holiday celebrates salty fish eggs?

National Caviar Day, observed on July 18, celebrates a delicacy which is nothing more than salted fish eggs. Specifically, only sturgeon roe can properly be called caviar.

What is You're Welcomegiving?

You're Welcomegiving is the day after Thanksgiving, of course! Be polite, say "you're welcome" when appropriate, and enjoy those yummy Thanksgiving leftovers.

February 20 is the date to honor what sandwich stabilizer?

Toothpick Day honors the humble piece of wood we use to clean our teeth, skewer appetizers, and hold our club sandwiches together. The first toothpick-making machine was patented on February 20, 1872.

What holiday honors a pasta whose name means "little tongues" in Italian?

Linguine means "little tongues" in Italian. On National Linguine Day, September 15, enjoy this long, thin pasta with your favorite sauce, in a salad, or in a stir fry.

On what food holiday might you make Bath Olivers, lady fingers, or coyotas?

National Homemade Cookies Day is celebrated on October 1. You could make any of these treats: Bath Olivers, English yeast cookies often eaten with cheese; lady fingers, small finger-shaped cakes used in desserts; or coyotas, Mexican cookies with brown sugar.

What is National Fluffernutter Day?

A fluffernutter is a sandwich made with white bread, marshmallow fluff, and peanut butter. It's popular in New England. Enjoy this sugar-laden spectacle on National Fluffernutter Day, October 8.

What nonspecific foodie holiday could inspire people to cook with durian, garlic, anchovies, scrapple, Limburger cheese, horseradish, chili peppers, or grasshoppers?

On Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day, November 8, you're only limited by your imagination. Just make sure your kitchen creation is both bold and pungent.

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