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May National Food Days – Mom’s Brunch, Cinco de Mayo & BBQs galore

This list of May national food days gives us so many recipes to share. From brunch for Mom on Mother’s Day, spicy delights for Cinco de Mayo and BBQ makings to share with friends and family for Memorial Day, the month is overload for foodies.

Every day of the month has at least one food or drink associated with it which makes it easy to celebrate. 

National days are fun to celebrate, no matter the reason. But add in some mention of foods and everyone gets excited. Unsure about what national days are? Check out my national days guide for more information.

If you are a foodie, you are probably aware just how many days of the year are devoted to celebrating a favorite food. You will probably find that you are scouring the internet to find out what food today will celebrate. 

There are over 50 May National Food Days and many of them feature outdoor entertaining.

National days are a great way to tie food and celebrations together. Nothing quite says BBQ side dish like some buttermilk biscuits for Memorial day, does it?

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What are national food days?

Do you like those diet cookbooks where there isn’t anything to decide, but the author tells you what to eat on each day of the month? National days are a bit like this. 

Food days are the internet’s way of telling you what you could cook that day based on what the national day of the month it is.

Check out the national day list for May and look through the list.  See how many of them are devoted to food? I’m going to make it even easier for you. 

Just browse this list. Every day is associated with food or drink in some way. With this list you can’t go wrong with your party planning.

May food monthly observances

May is right in the middle of spring for many of us, so it makes sense that the foods honored this month are geared for outdoor parties, weekend picnics and BBQs.

It is not just days of the month that are associated with food. Sometimes the whole month is known for a certain type of food. For May we observe these foods:This list of May National monthly Food observances gives us lots of reasons to celebrate

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  • National Asparagus Month – It tastes best roasted and wrapped in bacon!
  • National Barbecue Month – This month marks the beginning of several months of outdoor grilling.
  • National Chocolate Custard Month – Easy and creamy but light enough for spring!
  • National Egg Month – What is better than a big plate of deviled eggs for your next outdoor party?
  • National Hamburger Month – How many ways can you grill a burger?
  • National Mediterranean Diet Month – Clean eating and healthy living at its best.
  • National Salad Month – Get some new recipes to take to your next BBQ.
  • National Salsa Month – On Cinco de Mayo and every day, Americans love salsa.
  • National Strawberry Month – Strawberry shortcake anyone?
  • National Beef Month – Burgers, Spare Ribs, Roasts and more. All go great on the grill.
  • National Loaded Potato Month – Bake them twice to make them even better!

List of May national food days

Even though outdoor living and BBQs are on our mind in May, the month is also filled with some decadent foods, as well.  Here is a list of all the May food holidays to look forward to.

Most are labeled national days (or international days) and others are just labeled by the food itself.Food and Drink Days in the first two weeks of May

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

May food days

Below is a list of the national food days in May. On some of the days, there are recipes to help you celebrate, and on other days, there are links to products on Amazon that will help you get the most out of the national day. (I earn a small commission if you purchase through those links but there is no extra cost to you.)

May 1

May 2

  • National Truffle Day – These Butterfinger truffles are the perfect way to celebrate
  • National Home brew Day – (First Saturday in May) – Try your hand at making your own brew with this kit.

May 3

May 4

  • National Candied Orange Peel Day – Buy a bag of this sweet treat to snack on or to use in recipes. 
  • National Orange Juice Day – The Orange Cherry Mocktail will make the kids feel all grown up.
  • National Hoagie Day – Use a special sauce to make your next Hoagie sandwich.

May 5

  • National Enchilada Day – Make these chicken enchiladas with a spicy taco cream sauce.
  • Totally Chipotle Day – Get the most out of your next Grill time with some chipotle rub.

May 6

  • National Beverage Day – Find out about the history of many beverages and get some recipes to celebrate the day.
  • National Crepe Suzette Day – Try your hand at making Crepe Suzettes with this delicious recipe.
  • International No Diet Day – Did you say NO DIET? Well heck yes! Splurge with these raspberry cheesecake truffles!

May 7

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May 9

May food days included butterscotch brownies and shrimp!

May 10

  • National Shrimp Day – There are dozens of shrimp recipes for you to choose from here.
  • National Liver and Onions Day – Wine and caramelized onions takes this recipe for liver and onions to a whole new level.

May 11

  • Eat What You Want Day – No diet day AND eat what you want day? What a month!  Try one of these blueberry recipes on for size.
  • Hostess Cupcake Day – Can’t decide which one to choose? Try a variety pack of Twinkies and Hostess Cupcakes.

May 12

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May 15

  • National Chocolate Chip Day – You’ll never guess what we did with chocolate chips for this fun kid’s recipe.
  • National Pizza Party Day – (Third Friday in May) –  This chicken bacon Alfredo pizza makes a nice change from the traditional pizza.

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.It's time for outdoor parties with these tasty food days in May

May 16

May 17

  • National Cherry Cobblers Day – This cherry cobbler recipe is wicked easy to prepare.
  • National Walnut Day – Walnuts are one of the stars in this delicious citrus chicken salad.
  • Hummus Day – Don’t have time to make it from scratch? Try this creamy Harmony Valley Hummus Mix.

May 18

May 19

  • National Devil’s Food Cake Day – The ganache frosting on this tasty recipe is to die for!
  • World Whiskey Day – Get out the grill. These sirloin steaks have an Irish Whiskey sauce.

May 20

  • National Pick Strawberries Day – Find out how to grow strawberries in this post.
  • National Quiche Lorraine Day – This tasty quiche Lorraine has all the flavors of the traditional recipe but no crust!

May 21

May 22

Just a week left. Which day will you celebrate?

Food observances in May

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May 29

  • National Coq au Vin Day – Don’t heat up the kitchen. Try this crock pot coq au vin.
  • National Biscuit Day –  These sweet biscuits are perfect for strawberry shortcake.

May 30

  • National Mint Julep Day – Just in time for summer – get some fun facts and find out about the history of this day, as well as a recipe or two for Mint Juleps.

May 31

It is not just food that has a national day celebrated with it during May. All sorts of topics get made into national days. Check out my list of national days of May  for the complete list of days to celebrate.

Looking for more inspiration? Be sure to check out my Pinterest national days board. It has loads of ideas for all national food days of the year.Always the Holidays on Pinterest

More national food lists

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

More to come later!

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