Pop the corks — it’s National S’mores Day (Photo: Thinkstock)
According to the National Confectioners Association, the president of the United States has the right to proclaim national days in which different persons or things are honored. If so, why won’t Obama declare August 25 our National Tuna Salad On Rye Toast Day? Maybe it’s because August 25 is already National Whiskey Sour Day. That’s all well and good, but why begrudge this great American lunch dish its day?
This Sunday is National S’mores Day — on August 10. There’s also a Chop Suey Day (August 29). There’s Caramel Corn Day (October 30). And of course the old favorite, National Roast Pheasant Day on October 15.
Who doesn’t love November 24? No, silly, not because of Thanksgiving, but because it’s always National Sardines Day! December 30 may be the eve of New Year’s Eve, but to me it’s National Bicarbonate of Soda Day. Yes sir! And which do you observe: National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day on February 18, or National Margarita Day on the 22 (formerly known as the birthday of George Washington).
Would you like salt on the rim, Mr. President?
Start getting ready for National Margarita Day! (Photo: Thinkstock)
It turns out that almost every single day is a food holiday in this country. (I don’t know if you want to consider it a full-fledged holiday, but April 20 is Lima Bean Respect Day. You begin by spending your morning meditation apologizing to the humble bean and promising to eat more of them in the coming year.) There are food months, too. In August, we are currently observing National Brownies at Brunch Month, National Catfish Month (catfish; not just for brunch), National Sandwich Month, as well as National Panini Month, and finally, National Peach Month.
And I am not making any of this up.
Roasting s’mores at the Shores Resort & Spa, in Daytona Beach, Florida (Photo: Shores Resort & Spa)
I don’t know about you, but I like to combine my almost religious fervor for celebrating food holidays with my passion for travel. And it’s easy to do given the great hooks these holidays provide. For example, even though National S’mores Day is on Sunday, at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida, one day is simply not enough to honor this simple bonfire snack. Nay, all of August is dedicated to s’mores worship, with special package deals available, which include a s’mores platter delivered to your room, two “s’more-tini’s,” and a s’more-di-cures — yes, that’s a very sweet pedicure. So fierce is the Shores’ advocacy of s’mores that the hotel typically goes through almost 700,000 graham crackers per annum. Plus, you’re in Daytona Beach, home of beach driving — 23 miles of beautiful sandy beaches.
I know what you’re thinking: What if your passion for combining travel and food holidays directs you away from a beach, or away from sweets? Or away from the USA?
Belly up to the bar at the Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites for some hallucinogenic cocktails (Photo: Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites)
We’ve got you covered. The Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada plants its flag for absinthe, the formerly-banned super alcoholic spirit, known once upon a time as “la fée verte,” or the green fairy. But like the controversy surrounding this drink once thought to be both dangerously hallucinogenic and addictive, there is a controversy about when to commemorate Absinthe Day. In the United States, that day falls on March 5, but in Europe absinthe’s holiday is March 1. As the Chateau Victoria is in western Canada — our neighbor to the north, but kind of European too, it has devised a holiday with Solomonic judiciousness — a five-day celebration! We’re not promising that you will be blessed with the artistry of other well-known absinthe drinkers — like the poet Arthur Rimbaud, the writer Oscar Wilde, or the painters Vincent van Gogh or Toulouse-Lautrec … but at the very least you will be able to stumble over to the Victoria Bug Zoo on Courtenay Street and have your mind blown.
Writer Lisa Birnbach is best known for The Official Preppy Handbook and True Prep. She has authored 20 other books, written for many magazines, hosted a syndicated daily radio talk show, and visited all 50 states. She will not rest until National Tuna Salad On Toast Day is declared.