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Food Holidays in January – Bloody Marys – Cream Puffs & More

This list of food holidays in January starts our year out in a tasty way. Almost every day of the month has a food or drink associated with it which makes it very easy to have fun with friends.

We are starting a whole new year, which gives us over 365 food days to celebrate. There are so many food days to celebrate during the month of January. 

From recovering after a hangover with National Bloody Mary Day on January 1, to enjoying a cup of cocoa on National Hot Chocolate day on January 31, the month is full of special days about food and drink.

Keep reading to learn more about these special days.

Nuts and coffee with words Hello January.

Many of us make resolutions in the month of January that are related to having a better diet and we gave a day devoted to helping us stick to those New Year’s Resolutions.

If you are a foodie, you may find yourself asking the question “today is national what food day?” And you will also find that you’ll be on the lookout for a special day to feature for one of your recipes or entertaining events. 

National days are the perfect way to tie food and celebrations together. Nothing quite says winter like fun snowman cake pops for World Snowman Day, does it?

We can prepare recipes to tie in with any national day, but when the day is a foodie day, it makes it all the easier! What is a national day, you might ask?

Be sure to check out this national days guide for lots of information about how these fun days get started. Be sure to also check out the printable word search puzzle for January so that you can have a list of special days handy.

Hands holding a bowl of soup with potato, couscous, and mushrooms.

What is a national food holiday?

Think of those magazines and cookbooks where on each day of the month, the author tells you what you’ll be cooking that day. (Diet cookbooks often do this to take the choice out of planning.)

National food days are the online’s way of telling you what you could cook that day based on what the national day of the month is.

It is rare to have a national day list for any given month and NOT have a national day that features food or drink in some way connected to it. 

January food monthly observances

January is a cold month for many of us, so it’s appropriate that the foods honored this month are sometimes quite warm and toasty. (National Strawberry Ice Cream Day is an odd exception!)

It is not just days of the month that are associated with food and drinks. Sometimes the whole month is known for a certain type of food or drink. For January we observe these days:

Bowl of oatmeal with words January is national oatmeal month.

  • National Hot Tea Month – Pour a cuppa your favorite tea!
  • National Oatmeal Month – You can use oatmeal for meals other than for breakfast like with these apple pie oatmeal bars a la mode for dessert.
  • National Slow Cooking Month – Slow cooking food brings out its most tender flavor. Great for winter stews!
  • National Soup Month – What is better than a big bowl of soup on a cold winter day?
  • National Sunday Supper Month – Invite the relatives over for dinner on Sunday nights this month!
  • National Baking Month – Didn’t we bake enough last month?
  • National Fat Free Living Month – Time to make some healthy resolutions.

Share these national food holidays in January on Twitter

If you enjoyed this posts about the special food and drink days this month, be sure to share them with a friend. Here is a tweet to get you started:

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List of national food days in January

We often think of getting a refresh with New Year’s Resolutions in early January, but the month is also filled with some decadent foods, as well. 

Here is a list of all the January food holidays to look forward to. Most are labeled national days (or international days) and others are just labeled by the food itself.

We have given you lots of ideas for recipes and other ways to celebrate these foodie national days. Have fun!

There is one special day in January where you can share most of these food treats. The day is January 26 – National Spouses Day – a day to show your special person how much you care by cooking up their favorite meals and treats.

Bittersweet chocolate and spaghetti in a collage.

January food day list

Some of the days in the list are links to pages on the site where we talk in detail about the food and drinks mentioned. Be sure to check back often as we add new links to this page each week.

January 1

  • National Bloody Mary Day – Try this Bloody Mary Recipe to celebrate.
  • National Black Eyed Pea Day  – Eating black eyed peas on January 1 is supposed to bring good luck. Find out more about lucky foods here.
  • Apple Gifting Day – This is the day to five this healthy snack to a friend who is trying to eat in a more healthy way.

January 2

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January 4

January 5

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January 8

January 9

Curry and tempura - two food holidays in January.

January 10

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January 12

January 13

January 14

  • National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day – This pastrami sandwich recipe features coleslaw, Russian dressing and pastrami on rye bread.

January 15

January food holidays with variable dates

Some food days don’t fall on an exact date of the month, but are celebrated based on the day of the week. The variable date food holiday in January is this one:

Food holidays in the second half of January

We are halfway through the month and look at all the national food holidays we have covered already! There is so much more to come, too!

Perhaps one of these national days in the next two weeks will be right up your alley.Hot buttered rum and bagels with words food and drink days in January.

January 16

January 17

January 18

January 19

January 20

January 21

January 22

Just a week left. Which day will you celebrate?

January 23

Jar of peanut butter and peanuts.

January 24

January 25

January 26

January 27

  • National Chocolate Cake Day – This chocolate cherry cake has a cheesecake center.
  • International Port Wine Day – One of the many wine days during the year, International Port Wine Day celebrates this classic after dinner drink.

January 28

January 29

January 30

January 31

It is not just food and drinks that have national days celebrating them during January. All sorts of topics get made into national days.

Check out this list of national days of January for the complete list of days to celebrate.

Soup pot and vegetables with words Lists of food holidays

More food holiday lists

Each month has its own list of food national days. Here are some other foodie national day pages

January is the beginning of the year. It’s a time for new beginnings, but these national food holidays in January seem more like we are celebrating old traditions.

The holidays of December are finished but the celebrating isn’t over on New Year’s Day. Each of these food holidays is a day to have a party.

Pin this post for the food holidays in January

Would you like a reminder of this post for the January food days? Just pin this image to one of your food boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

Orange slices and seeds with words January Food Days.

Yield: 1 National Days Menu Planner Printable

Food Holidays in January Menu Planner Printable

Cup of tea and nuts with words Hello January.

Print out this planner to accompany the food holidays in January, and fill in with your favorite national food days for the month. It's a great way to keep track and plan your meals for the whole month.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Heavy cardstock or printer paper


  • Computer printer


  1. Load your heavy card stock or glossy photo paper into your Deskjet printer.
  2. Choose portrait layout and if possible "fit to page" in your settings.
  3. Print out and use the to do list to plan your menus for the month.


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Thursday 8th of August 2019

Nice recipe round-up! I'll absolutely try these someday. Thanks for sharing!


Monday 29th of April 2019

Great content, informative and helpful. Thanks for posting, this is a lot of help.

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