Every Major Food Holiday and How You Can Celebrate It

Posted by Brandon Tucker

Brandon was the Marketing Content Specialist for SpeedLine Solutions from 2019 to 2022. He ensured the content we provided was the top-notch quality we are known for by staying up to date on industry trends, tips, tricks, and best practices to help our customers' businesses grow.

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It seems like there’s something to celebrate every day because it’s “National Something or Other Day.” From a marketing standpoint, this is the perfect opportunity for your restaurant to offer some sort of promotion that connects with whatever upcoming food holidays there might be. So we’ve compiled all the major food and beverage holidays in 2022 and some ideas on how you can celebrate them. 



January 1 - National Bloody Mary Day

January 2 - National Buffet Day

January 4 - National Spaghetti Day

For Italian restaurants, this might as well be a second Christmas. Put your spaghetti dishes at the forefront of any promotional materials and watch them fly off the shelves.

January 6 - National Bean Day

January 16 - International Hot & Spicy Food Day

January 20 - National Cheese Lover's Day

National Cheese Lover's Day sounds like a pizza lovers' dream; this is the perfect time to make a temporary special including your cheese pizza, cheesy breadsticks, or whatever other delicious cheesy products you offer.

January 26 - National Pistachio Day

January 27 - Chocolate Cake Day

January 31 - National Hot Chocolate Day



February 3 - National Carrot Cake Day

February 4 - Homemade Soup Day 

February 9 - Pizza Pie Day 

It’s literally a day to celebrate pizza. Need we say more? Whether you offer a discount or promotion on specific or all pizzas, either way, you should shout about it on your social media to spread the word.

February 18 - National Drink Wine Day

With restaurants typically selling wine at a 200-600% markup, it gives you plenty of room to knock down the price to celebrate this beverage holiday and gives your customers another reason to buy more wine. 

February 23 - National Banana Bread Day

February 24 - National Chili Day (Last Thursday in February)

February 29 - Surf and Turf Day



March 3 - National Cold Cuts Day

March 9 - National Crabmeat Day

For the restaurants that offer seafood pizzas, this is a fantastic opportunity to spotlight any dishes you might have that involve shrimp, crab, or other types of seafood.

March 9 - National Meatball Day

March 17 - National Irish Food Day 

March 19 - National Poultry Day

BBQ chicken pizza is a go-to for many people nowadays, especially in California, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Utah, and Virginia. So promote whatever pizzas you have with chicken or other poultry toppings.

March 20 - National Ravioli Day 

March 25 - International Waffle Day



April 1 - National Sourdough Bread Day

April 7 - National Burrito Day (First Thursday in April)

April 12 - Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

April 16 - National Eggs Benedict Day 

April 19 - Garlic Day 

Any good pizza sauce will include a hefty portion of garlic. But other types of pizza go above and beyond to have garlic as a topping as well. April 19th is a great time to make a special deal for any of your dishes that include large amounts of garlic.

April 27 - National Prime Rib Day



May 5 - National Hoagie Day

May 9 - National Foodies Day 

May 10 - National Shrimp Day 

May 11 - Eat What You Want Day

While pizza might not be the healthiest option, this won’t be an issue on Eat What You Want Day, making it the perfect time to promote the unhealthier items on your menu.

May 16 - International Pickle Day 

May 20 - National Pizza Party Day (Third Friday in May)

Every third Friday in May is a party for both your customers and your restaurant because it’s National Pizza Party Day, and each pizza party you serve means several large pizzas out the door.

May 25 - Carb Day


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June 2 - National Rotisserie Chicken Day 

June 3 - National Egg Day

June 4 - National Cheese Day

There are few dishes in the world that are as synonymous with cheese as pizza. Therefore, it’d be a shame not to celebrate this day by promoting your pizzas, lasagnas, cheesy garlic bread, or whatever other cheese-covered items you might offer.

June 15 - National Lobster Day 

June 16 - Fresh Veggies Day

Only a month after Eat What You Want Day, you’ll have the chance to celebrate the healthier side of your menu with any salads or veggie-loaded pizzas to prove that you don’t have to be as unhealthy as everyone thinks you are.

June 22 - National Onion Rings Day



July 6 - National Fried Chicken Day 

July 7 - Chocolate Day

July 13 - National French Fries Day

If you offer any french fry or poutine side dishes, then this holiday will make it easy to bundle these together with every meal for the day at a favorable price.

July 14 - National Macaroni and Cheese Day

July 17 - National Ice Cream Day (Third Sunday in July)

July 20 - International Cake Day

July 20 - National Hot Dog Day (Third Wednesday in July)

July 28 - National Hamburger Day

July 29 - National Chicken Wing Day 

July 29 - National Lasagna Day 

A popular side dish for pizzerias is lasagna, which means July 29th is the perfect time to recommend this is as an addition to every order made on this day.

July 30 - National Cheesecake Day 

July 30 - National Chicken and Waffles Day 



August 16 - National Bratwurst Day

August 19 - Potato Day

August 20 - National Bacon Lovers’ Day 

Who doesn’t love bacon? It's a staple of any meat lovers' pizza, or take it to the next level to include bacon on nearly every part of the pizza.

August 24 - National Waffle Day 



September 3 - International Bacon Day (Saturday before Labor Day)

With National Bacon Lovers’ Day being only two weeks earlier, you could extend any specials for your bacon-topped dishes to last up until the Saturday right before Labor Day.

September 5 - National Cheese Pizza Day 

Cheese pizza is one of the easiest and cheapest pizzas to make. So even if you offer it at a discount to celebrate this holiday, you’ll still be able to make a nice profit off of it. Or spruce it up with different types of cheese on the pizza.

September 7 - Salami Day

September 18 - National Cheeseburger Day 

September 29 - National Coffee Day 




October 1 - World Vegetarian Day 

After the many meat-based holidays in August and September, it’s important to remind your customers that you can adequately service your loyal vegetarian or vegan customers as well. So prioritize your vegetarian pizzas, salads, or whatever other meat-free dishes you offer.

October 4 - National Taco Day 

October 8 - National Pierogi Day 

October 8 - National Salmon Day

October 9 - International Beer and Pizza Day

This holiday allows you to promote not only more pizza but also more beer, which tends to go hand-in-hand anyway. And a bonus is that the more beer the customers drink, the more pizza they eat.

October 11 - National Sausage Pizza Day 

If your sausage pizzas are down in sales, this is your chance to boost the sales. And if they’re already a top-seller for your restaurant, then you can sell even more by offering them at a slight discount on this day each year.

October 17 - National Pasta Day 

October 27 - National Potato Day



November 3 - National Sandwich Day 

November 6 - National Nachos Day

November 12 - National Pizza with Everything Day (Except Anchovies) 

It might sound strange, but with 61% of consumers hating anchovies, it makes sense that there would be a holiday to celebrate pizzas with every possible topping other than anchovies. 

November 14 - National Pickle Day 

November 24 - National Sardines Day 

What about those customers who DO enjoy anchovies and/or sardines? Only a couple of weeks later, you’ll have the chance to promote these pizzas and let your customers know that you cater to everyone’s tastes.



December 1 - National Pie Day 

December 4 - National Cookie Day

December 21 - National Hamburger Day (May 28, July 28, and also December 21)

You might have noticed that National Hamburger Day made this list more than once. That’s because it’s such a beloved dish that it requires not one, not two, but three different days throughout the year. And even if you’re a pizzeria, you can celebrate the holiday by offering a cheeseburger pizza as the latest special for the day. 

December 30 - Bacon Day 


You don’t need to wait for a holiday to boost your sales. We’ve created an article detailing how you can boost your lunch sales with five simple steps.

Posted on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 @ 08:01 AM.
Updated on April 27, 2023 @ 6:55 PM PST.

Tags: Online Marketing, Restaurant Marketing, Holiday

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