For me, November truly means fall. The weather is no longer warm. The leaves are really falling off of the trees and I start to think of all things turkey. November is also my mother’s birthday month, so I relish my Thanksgiving memories with her. But there are all kinds of November Food Holiday Observances to enjoy, many of which also make me think of her. Use this to help you to plan your menu at home, for creative snack ideas in the classroom, or party fun! I’ll keep adding links as I come up with them. Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards of Recipes to Try and Montessori Food Prep Activities for even more ideas. Which ones are your favorites?
November Food Holiday Monthly Observances
The most important monthly observance is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month. I am one of those people who cannot live without peanut butter in her life, regardless of its form. I can, however, do without it being National Pepper Month. I don’t totally ignore it, but it is definitely not my favorite to eat. I know, I’m weird.
You also have to find ways to enjoy National Fun With Fondue Month, National Pomegranate Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, National Stuffing Month, and National Raisin Bread Month. Get creating with your cooking as you celebrate National Roasting Month.
Stay healthy by celebrating American Diabetes Month with the American Diabetes Association and the Eat Smart Month with the American Heart Association. It’s also World Vegan Month.
November Food Holiday Weekly Observances
Week 1 – Celebrate National Fig Week. Speaking of memories of Mom … Fig Newtons were one of her favorite snacks. It was a big deal when we got to have those as a special treat.
Week 2 – Celebrate National Split Pea Soup Week.
Week Before Thanksgiving – Remember that not everyone is as fortunate and think about helping others during National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week.
Variable November Food Holiday Observances
1st Thursday of the Month – National Men Make Dinner Day – Hey, men cook just as well as women, and sometimes better. Let go of your stereotypes!
1st Saturday of the Month – National Bison Day
Fourth Thursday of the Month – Thanksgiving observed in the United States
Friday After Thanksgiving – Maize Day
November Food Holiday Daily Observances
November 1 – National Pate Day
November 2 – National Deviled Egg Day
November 3 – National Sandwich Day
November 3 – Learn to Homebrew Day – This is a day created to encourage people to learn how to brew at home. Have you tried this?
November 4 – National Candy Day
November 5 – National Doughnut Day – One of my favorites is the Maple Bacon Donut. Have you ever tried one?
November 5 – National Chinese Take-Out Day
November 6 – National Nachos Day
November 7 – National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
November 8 – National Cappuccino Day
November 8 – Cook Something Bold Day
November 9 – National Greek Yogurt Day
November 10 – National Vanilla Cupcake Day
November 11 – National Sundae Day
November 12 – National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day (This one makes me laugh.)
November 13 – National Indian Pudding Day
November 13 – Feast of St. Diego Alacala
November 14 – National Guacamole Day – Try my Light Guacamole Recipe!
November 14 – National Pickle Appreciation Day
November 15– National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day – You have to prepare for all of those Thanksgiving goodies, right?
November 15 – National Raisin Bran Cereal Day (This was my mom’s favorite breakfast.)
November 16 – National Fast Food Day
November 17 – National Baklava Day
November 17 – Homemade Bread Day
November 18 – National Apple Cider Day
November 18 – National Vichyssoise Day
November 19 – National Macchiato Day
November 20 – National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
November 21 – National Cranberry Day – So many ways to celebrate today. For adults, try a Cranberry Mimosa or a Cranberry Margarita.
November 21 – National Gingerbread Cookie Day
November 22 – National Cranberry Relish Day
November 22 – National Cashew Day
November 23 – National Espresso Day
November 23 – Eat a Cranberry Day
November 24 – National Sardines Day (I may skip this one as well.)
November 25 – National Parfait Day
November 25 – National “Eat With a Friend” Day
National 26 – National Cake Day
November 27 – National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
November 28 – National French Toast Day – I found a fun variation at a local diner called Pound Cake French Toast. Check it out!
November 29 – National Chocolates Day
November 29 – National Lemon Cream Pie Day
November 29 – National Rice Cake Day
November 30 – National Mousse Day