I didn’t know this: A National Food Day exists for every day of the year. March has a whopping 37 foods for us to honor (some days have more than one food). That’s 36 if you don’t count March 22, National Water Day, which is sandwiched between National Crunchy Taco Day and National Chips and Dip Day (not to be confused with National Potato Chip Day on the March 14). The planners of the National Food Day calendar probably thought we should replenish our fluids after all those tacos and chips, and dip can be salty, too.
On Jan. 23 we celebrated National Pie Day. Not to be outdone, the National Food Day calendar for March brings us National Banana Cream Pie Day on March 2. Since that restricts us to one kind of pie after having any pie we wanted in January, the National Food Day people make it up to us by choosing arguably the best pie ever devised since ancient Greeks first invented it.
March 5 finds us at National Cheese Doodle Day, followed by National Oreo Day on March 6. Looking to instill balance back into its calendar, the National Foods Day people made March 7 National Cereal Day. Then they mucked it all up by making March 8 National Peanut Cluster Day. That’s not to say all cereals are more healthful for you than cheese doodles, Oreos and peanut clusters, but I think the more double vowel combinations in a food – e.g. cheese, doodle and noodle – the worse it probably is for you. Then again, peanut cluster has no double vowels and noodles can be whole grain, so there goes that theory.
As I mentioned, some foods have been forced to share their special day, such as National Meatball Day and National Crab Day on March 9 and National Nougat Day and National Spinach Day on March 26. Nougat and spinach have to be the most unlikely combo since Neil Simon wrote “The Odd Couple,” but nobody said you have to eat them at the same time.
So, there you have it, the skinny on National Food Day for March. Maybe skinny isn’t the right word. Actually, Mardi Gras, which means Fat Tuesday, is on March 5, so maybe what we have here is the fat on National Food Day for March.