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Food Holidays for September – Honor Fall with Food and Drink Days

This list of  food holidays for September gives us so many reasons to celebrate. From National Cherry Pie Day on September 1 to National Chewing Gum Day on the 30th.

Every day of the September has at least one food or drink associated with it. This makes it a cinch to make each day a special occasion.

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

Keep reading to learn more about the food and drink days in September.

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National days are a great way to tie food and celebrations together. Nothing quite says fall like a jug of cider for Hot Mulled Cider Day, does it?

All of the National days are fun to celebrate, no matter the reason. However, when you 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.

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September food monthly observances

September is the beginning of fall for many of us, so it makes sense that the foods honored this month are geared for autumn activities.

Grains and honey with overlay and a list of the September monthly food observances.

It is not just individual days of the month that are associated with food and drink. Sometimes, the entire month is known for a certain type of food. 

For September we have the following monthly food observances:

  • Better Breakfast Month
  • National Blueberry Popsicle Month
  • National Chicken Month
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • National Honey Month
  • National Italian Cheese Month
  • National Mushroom Month
  • National Papaya Month
  • National Rice Month
  • Whole Grains Month

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What are national food holidays?

Have you ever seen those diet cookbooks where you don’t have a choice to make about what to eat? Instead, the author tells you what to eat on each day of the month for best diet results. National food days are a bit like those books. 

Food days are Always the Holiday’s way of telling you what food you could cook each day based on what the national day of the month it is.

Check out the national day list for September 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 below. 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 national food holidays for September

Even though back to school and fall is on our mind in September, the month is also filled with some decadent foods that get us geared up for the upcoming holidays, as well. 

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


Labor Day isn’t the only special day celebrated this month. The month is full of exciting food and drink days to explore.

On some of the days, there are recipes to help you celebrate, and on other days, there are links to historical facts and trivia to help you get most out of each national day. Have fun!

Blueberry popsicles and coconut in a collage with words Food Days in September.

September 1

  • National Cherry Popover Day – Fresh cherries are one of the late summer treats that we all miss so much when the warm weather arrives.  Learn how to combine fresh cherries with flour, sugar and a few other baking ingredients to make perfect cherry popovers.
  • National Gyro Day – You have seen those pieces of meat, cooked on an upright rotisserie.  Do you know how gyro meat is made? Find out here.

September 2

  • National Blueberry Popsicle Day – These patriotic popsicles use fresh blueberries and strawberries for an icy late summer treat. They would be perfect for your Labor Day party.
  • National Grits for Breakfast Day – Grits are a dish made of simple ground white corn. They are a popular food in the South. Learn about the different type of grits and discover the history of this hearty Southern staple.
  • World Coconut Day – It is no wonder the coconut has its own special day worldwide. This super food is full of protein and delicious to boot.  Find out how to open a coconut and get tips for using and storing coconuts here.

September 3

  • National Welsh Rarebit Day – Welsh rarebit is a dish made with a cheesy sauce that is served piping hot and poured over slices of toasted bread. Learn about the history of this food with a humble beginning.
  • National Baby Back Ribs Day – Have you ever wondered why they are called “baby back” ribs?  Find out the answer here.

September 4

  • National Macadamia Nut Day – Macadamia nuts were first introduced to Hawaii in the early 1880’s, and Hawaii is now the leading producers of them. They are a rich and delicious nut. Find out how to use them to make these high end macadamia nut layer bars.
  • Eat an Extra Dessert Day – Who could turn up the offer of something extra to tempt their sweet tooth?  Which one to pick is a difficult option but I’m sure a homemade cherry pie won’t go to waste.

September 5

  • National Cheese Pizza Day – Mozzarella cheese is widely considered the best cheese for a pizza, but it is not the only one. Find out some alternatives to the norm here.


September 6

Acorn squash on a white plate with filling.

September 7

  • National Acorn Squash Day – Acorn squash is a vegetable that ripens in the fall. It can be cooked so that the recipe ends up savory or sweet. Each is delicious. Find out how to cook acorn squash both ways.
  • National Beer Lover’s Day – Everyone loves an icy cold glass when the weather is hot. Why not use that beer in your crock pot instead of drinking it? This beer braised pork roast is super tender and the beer gives it a great flavor.
  • National Salami Day – Salami is a traditional choice to use on an antipasto platter. The cured meat is rich and pairs well with cheese, artichokes and other cold meats. This healthy antipasto salad features salami and has a delicious homemade dressing.

September 8 

  • National Date Nut Bread Day – Date nut bread is a recipe that evokes memories of my childhood. Watch this video to learn how to make it from scratch.

September 9

  • National Steak au Poivre Day – Au Poivre is a French term that means prepared with a generous amount of coarsely ground black pepper. Steak au poivre is a staple of French bistros. Find out how to make it here.
  • National Wiener Schnitzel Day – Wiener Schnitzel is made with thin veal cutlets that have been breaded and pan fried. It is one of the national dishes of Austria. Learn how to make an authentic Austrian Wiener Schnitzel here.
  • National I Love Food Day – If you love food as much as I do, be sure to head on over to my recipe site, Recipes Just 4U to discover hundreds of recipes to enjoy to celebrate this foodie day.

September 10

  • National TV Dinner Day –  What used to be a once in a while dinner is now found in many freezers to help with the task of cooking and working full time. Find out about the history of the TV dinner and how it has evolved over the years.

Hot cross buns on a plate with cup of coffee.


September 11

September 12

  • National Chocolate Milkshake Day – Perfect for any warm late summer day, a chocolate milkshake is the perfect blend of ice cream, vanilla, chocolate milk and chocolate syrup. Find out how to make one in a blender in just minutes.

September 13

  • National Peanut Day – Peanuts are used in all sorts of recipes from curries to desserts. What better way to celebrate the day than with this peanut brittle recipe that can be made in the microwave.
  • National Fortune Cookie Day (some celebrate it on the 20th of July) – Instead of giving your guests fortune cookies to eat, this tutorial is a calorie free fabric version that is just as much fun.
  • Snack a Pickle Day – This is a day for snacking on pickles, of all things. Learn about the best choices for pickles that are eaten whole rather than added to sandwiches. Taste of Home tested five brands of pickles. See which one they deemed the best for eating.
  • International Chocolate Day – Calling all chocoholics! This day is for you!! I’ve put together a baker’s dozen of my favorite chocolate recipes to tempt your sweet tooth.

Variety of chocolates for International Chocolate Day.

September 14

  • National Cream Filled Donut Day – Oozing with cream in the center of a tender donut, cream filled donuts are one of food’s most decadent treats. Watch this video to see how to make them at home.
  • National Eat a Hoagie Day – Some call them hoagies and some call them subs. Is there a difference? Find out here.

September 15

  • National Double Cheeseburger Day – One of fast food’s most popular options, double cheeseburgers are eaten daily by millions of Americans. Get a copycat recipe for a double cheeseburger made popular by McDonald’s.
  • National Crème de Menthe Day – The flavor of crème de menthe is normally derived from Corsican mint or dried peppermint. This herb is then steeped in grain alcohol for several days, to make the mint taste stronger. Discover 9 minty cocktails to make with crème de menthe.
  • National Cheese Toast Day – This cheese toast recipe is great as an after-school snack, as a side dish with bowl of tomato soup, or for a quick breakfast.
  • National Linguine Day – Celebrate the day with this recipe for Peanut chicken linguine and fresh vegetables. 

National food holidays with variable dates

Some food days are not celebrated on a particular date. Instead, the days fall on a specific day of the week in the month. 

Cooked bacon in a cast iron pan.

For September the variable food and drink days are these:

  • National Food Bank Day – (1st. Friday) – A food bank is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes food to charities for people in need. Learn more about the importance of these organizations and how they function.
  • International Bacon Day – (1st. Saturday) – Everything goes better with bacon, they say. To help celebrate this day, I have put together not one but over 20 recipes that feature bacon. The only problem you will have is choosing which one to make!
  • National Ants on a Log Day – (2nd Tuesday) – Ants on a log is a fun snack food idea that kids will love to eat. It’s normally made with celery, peanut butter and raisins, but there are other ways to make it. Get 6 variations on ants on a log here.
  • Hug A Vegetarian Day – (last Friday) – and show them some vegetarian recipes to celebrate one of their favorite food days.

More national food holidays in September

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

Perhaps one of these national days in the next two weeks will be right up your alley.

September 16

September 17

  • National Apple Dumpling Day – Take a shortcut by making apple dumplings with crescent rolls in this recipe.
  • National Monte Cristo Day – A Monte Cristo sandwich is made with ham, turkey and Swiss cheese slices, then dipped in an egg/milk mixture and fried to a golden brown. Find out about the history of a Monte Cristo sandwich in this post.

September 18

  • National Cheeseburger Day – We all love cheeseburgers but do you know what is the best way to put cheese on your burger?
  • Rice Krispie Treat Day – Rice Krispie treats are a favorite snack food for kids and grown ups alike. I changed up a normal recipe to make it suitable for the holidays in these peppermint Rice Krispie treats. Try this for Christmas this year!

September 19

  • National Butterscotch Pudding Day – Nothing is able to tempt a sweet tooth as easily as pudding. This recipe for homemade butterscotch pudding us the perfect way to celebrate the day.

Butterscotch pudding and whipped cream in a burgundy colored bowl.


September 20

  • National Pepperoni Pizza Day – The pepperoni pizza that we know and love here in the USA is a different beast in Italy. Find out what you’ll get if you order an Italian pepperoni pizza.
  • National Punch Day – The word punch comes from a Sanskrit word meaning five. Early punch recipes were made of five ingredients for this reason.
  • National String Cheese Day – Halloween is just around the corner. The kids will delight in these string cheese ghosts a month early!
  • National Fried Rice Day – Fried rice was first developed during the Sui Dynasty in China. Most modern fried rice dishes can trace their origins to Chinese fried rice. Find out how to make it at home in minutes.

September 21

  • National Pecan Cookie Day – Get the taste of everyone’s favorite fall dessert in a bite sized version. These pecan pie cookies are easy to make and taste amazing.

Food holidays in the last week on September

There is only one week left in the month. Which food day will you celebrate?

Hand holding a vanilla ice cream cone.

September 22

  • National Ice Cream Cone Day – The first ice cream cone made its appearance in 1896. Find out more about the history of the ice cream cone here.
  • National White Chocolate Day – Another tasty chocolate day! Celebrate it by tempting your sweet tooth with one of these white chocolate desserts.

September 23

  • National Great American Pot Pie Day – American pot pies are the ultimate comfort food. This Southern chicken pot pie recipe has a shortbread topping for extra richness.
  • National Snack Stick Day –  Snack sticks are a delicious blend of meat and spices in a casing. Today is the day to add some oof these yummy snack sticks to your jacket pockets, school backpacks, and office desk drawer.

September 24

  • National Cherries Jubilee Day – Cherries Jubilee was originally meant to celebrate Queen Victoria’s coronation. The dish may seem complicated but this video shows how to make it at home.

September 25

  • National Lobster Day – Many people think Maine lobsters are the ultimate in seafood, but you can also find them in Canadian and Australian waters. Find out about the differences between Maine and other lobsters.
  • National Cooking Day – Cooking takes up a big part of any homemakers day. Are you on the hunt for some new ideas to try? Head on over to my main site to find some new recipes to try to honor this day.
  • National Quesadilla Day – Most of us think of quesadillas and cheese as one thing, but in Mexico City that is not always the case. Find out more.
  • National Crab Meat Newburg Day – Crab Newburg is a variation of Lobster Newburg. Find out how to make it here.

September 26

  • National Dumpling Day – Dumplings take an ordinary recipe and turn it into one that is comfort food personified.  Check out this beef and herb dumpling recipe and you’ll see why.
  • National Key Lime Pie Day – Key Lime Pie is considered an American classic but do you know which state really invented it? Find out here.
  • National Pancake Day – Start the day on the right foot with these delicious banana pumpkin pancakes.
  • National Johnny Appleseed Day (also celebrated on March 11) – Find out about the history of the day and get some tasty apple recipes to boot.

September 27

  • National Corned Beef Hash Day – Hash is a great way to use up left over meat. This traditional roast beef hash combines it with potatoes and onions in a grinder and then fries it to perfection. 
  • National Chocolate Milk Day – Nothing makes a chocolate experience even better than a glass of chocolate milk. Get an easy five minute recipe here.

Mulled cider, glass of beer, coffee milk shake in a collages with words Celebrating the Drink days in September.

September 28

  • National Drink Beer Day – Check out this list of the top 10 IPA beers to drink this year.
  • National Strawberry Cream Pie Day – Enjoy the last taste of summer with this easy strawberry pie with a whipped cream topping.

September 29

September 30

  • National Hot Mulled Cider Day – Traditionally, hot mulled cider is drunk as a part of wassailing, a Medieval Christmastide English drinking ritual. Find out how to make your own version at home.
  • National Chewing Gum Day – Chewing gum is so common in the USA that we take it for granted. Do you know how it is made?

Squash and pumpkins with words Lists of Food Holidays.

More national food holidays

Every month has its own list of  national food days, check out these posts for other food holiday lists:

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Other national days in September

It is not just food and drink that have National Days celebrated with them during September. All sorts of topics get made into national days.

These are the lists for each the national days in all the months of the year.

If you like to do puzzles, you can get a free printable September word search puzzle here. We also have many word searches for other months and all the holidays.

Pin the national food holidays for September

Would you like a reminder of the national food days for September? Pin this image to one of your food boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

Cheeseburger and beer with words September National Food Days.

Admin note: this post for the food holidays in September first appeared on the blog in July of 2020. I have updated the post to add all new photos, a meal planner and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 1 National Days Menu Planner Printable

Food Holidays in September Menu Planner Printable

Pumpkins and leaves with words Hello September!

Print out this planner to accompany the September 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 September.

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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