Did you know that the month of August is packed with national food holidays? There are so many days this month that celebrate different foods and dishes. There is something for everyone. But to make life a bit easier, we handpicked the best kid-friendly food holidays in August. Don’t forget to download our free Food Holiday in August calendar below.
August 2nd – Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Ice cream sandwiched between two milk biscuits is a delicious frozen dessert popular in many countries around the world.
Although these were made with crispy wafers back in the 1940s, ice cream sandwiches are now made with all varieties of cookies and different flavors of ice cream.
On this day, take your kids to the local ice cream shop. Or make an ice cream sandwich at home. Take two flat cookies and spread ice cream between them. You can use wafers instead of cookies. Let the kids mix and match ice cream flavors and see which one their favorite is!
August 3rd – Watermelon Day
Watermelon is just what you need on an extremely hot day in summer.
On this day, make fresh watermelon juice with your children. Educate them about the benefits of this fruit, its varieties, and how to tell if a watermelon is ripe or not.
You can also play Suikawari with your kids. Suikawari is a traditional Japanese game where one has to hit the watermelon with a stick while blindfolded. Whoever manages to split it open wins the game.
August 4th – Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
Chocolate chip cookies were born when a baker simply put chunks of chocolate into the cookie dough. To her surprise, the chocolate did not mix well with the cookie, but it tasted delicious.
Bake chocolate chip cookies with your children on this day. Experiment with a new recipe and let your children decorate the cookies. Another idea is to take your kids out to a local bakery that is famous for its chocolate chip cookies.
August 6th – National Root Beer Float Day
August 7th – Raspberries ‘n Cream Day
August 8th – National Zucchini Day
Zucchini is a summer squash, closely related to the cucumber and the melon. This healthy vegetable is low in calories and high in fiber. It was first bred in Milan, Italy in the 19th century.
To celebrate National Zucchini Day, add it to a salad or make zucchini bread. You can also grill the zucchini or add it to pasta and tomato sauces.
Zucchini is ready for harvest in August, so if you have a lot of these, give some to your neighbor!
August 9th – National Rice Pudding Day
August 10th – S’mores Day
S’mores are one of the most popular camping snacks, consisting of toasted marshmallows and a chocolate bar between two graham crackers.
The first mention of this sweet snack was in a recipe book published in the 1920s, and the treat was called a “Graham Cracker Sandwich.” Later in 1927, a similar recipe was published where the sweet was named “some more,” which inspired the name “s’more.”
To celebrate S’mores Day, go camping with your children and make s’mores by the campfire. To make it more fun, including dips, cookies, and donuts to try different recipes of s’mores.
August 14th – National Creamsicle Day
On this day, try a creamsicle inspired recipe at home with your children. Or buy one from your local convenience store.
August 15th – National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
August 16th – National Bratwurst Day
August 18th – Fajita Day
Fajita is a dish of Mexican origin, consisting of grilled meat with chopped vegetables served on a tortilla.
To enjoy Fajita Day, host a fajita party at home, and invite friends and family. Children can lay out the tortilla and add the grilled meat, chopped vegetables, and grated cheese.
August 22nd – National “Eat a Peach” Day
August 24th – National Waffle Day (Not to be confused with International Waffle Day, that is held in March)
Everyone loves warm and fluffy waffles, especially children.
On this day, plan a waffle-making party and try out delicious waffle recipes with your children. If you don’t have a waffle maker, visit a local restaurant for some fresh waffles.
August 25th – Banana Split Day
Go out for a banana split on this day, or make one at home with your children.
Take a banana and cut it lengthwise. Place it in a dish and add scoops of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream between the slices. Add toppings such as whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and nuts.
August 31st – Eat Outside Day
This day encourages people to go outdoors, socialize, and eat good food.
Take your kids out to a local restaurant. Or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it with family in the park. You can also grill outside in the garden or the yard.
August 31st – National Trail Mix Day
National Mustard Day – First Saturday in August
Mustard comes from the seeds of the mustard plant and is very popular in a variety of cuisines.
On National Mustard Day, visit a local spice store and taste different flavors of mustard. If you are living in Wisconsin, visit the Mustard Museum (the originator of the holiday), where you can find hundreds of mustard samples from around the world.