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May Food Holidays – List of National Food Days in May to Celebrate

This list of May food holidays 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. 

Unsure about what national days are? Check out this national days guide for more information.

Keep reading to learn more about these special food and drink days in May.

All national days are fun to celebrate, no matter the reason. But add in some mention of foods and everyone gets excited.

These food 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?

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. 

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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.

Food on a table background and list of May Monthly Food Observances.

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:

  • 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!

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Table of food to share in May.

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.

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.

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

Patriotic food with words May food and drink holidays.

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

Raspberry tart

May 3

  • National Raspberry Tart Day – Want something easy for dessert tonight? These raspberry tarts are ready in just minutes.
  • National Chocolate Custard Day – This creamy dark chocolate custard is perfect for any chocoholic
  • National Raspberry Popover Day – Try these delicious raspberry popovers to brighten up any brunch or dessert.

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.
  • Cinco de Mayo – A day to enjoy all sorts of Mexican foods to celebrate.

Cinco de Mayo food.

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

May 8 

  • National Coconut Cream Pie Day – Indulge your sweet tooth with a tasty recipe and lots of other ideas for celebrating.
  • National Have a Coke Day – Grab a glass of America’s favorite beverage to celebrate.

May 9

  • National Moscato Day – This cherry Moscato slush is perfect for the summer heat.
  • National Foodies Day – I also have a food site with tons of recipes that Foodies will love.
  • National Butterscotch Brownie Day – Just like a brownie but blonde! Find about more about butterscotch brownies and get a recipe to try.

Butterscotch brownies and shrimp in a collage.


May 10

  • National Shrimp Day – There are dozens of shrimp recipes for you to choose from here.
  • National Liver and Onions DayWine 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

  • National Nutty Fudge Day – Here are some fun facts and lots of fudge recipes for you to sample.
  • Brunch for Lunch Day – This crustless egg white quiche is breakfast, brunch or lunch in one recipe.

May 13

May 14

  • National Buttermilk Biscuit Day – A southern staple at all parties and gatherings. Find out more about the day and get a tasty recipe to try.

May 15

  • National Chocolate Chip Day – You’ll never guess what we did with chocolate chips for this fun kid’s recipe.

Food days of May with variable dates

Food for pizza party day.

Some food holiday don’t have a specific date to honor. They fall of a day of the week instead. The variable date food days this month are:

  • Lemonade Day – (First Sunday in May) – Check out these recipes using lemonade.
  • National Home brew Day – (First Saturday in May) – Try your hand at making your own brew with this kit.
  • National Pizza Party Day – (Third Friday in May) –  This chicken bacon Alfredo pizza makes a nice change from the traditional pizza.
  • Memorial Day – (Last Monday in May) – Celebrate the day by having a big barbecue with friends.

Patriotic background and words Memorial Day.

More national Food days to celebrate

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.

May 16

May 17

Bowl of roasted red pepper hummus.

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

May food days for the last week of the month

There is just one week left. Which food day is your favorite?

May 23

May 24

May 25

May 26

May 27

May 28

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

May 31

  • National Macaroon Day – This easy recipe for chocolate cherry macaroons is low calorie to fit your diet plan.

Plate of chocolate cherry macaroons.

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.

If you enjoy puzzles, be sure to also check out the May word search printable. It features some of the May food days to find.

Bowls of food and words Lists of Monthly Food Holidays.

More national food lists

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

Pin this post for the May food holidays

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

You can also watch our May food days video on YouTube.

Barbecue food and text reading May National Food Days.

Yield: 1 National Days Menu Planner Printable

May Food Holidays Menu Planner Printable

Healthy food surrounding the words Hello May!

Print out this planner to accompany the May food holidays, 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 of May.

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.


Strawberry background with meal planner for May over the top.

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