EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF FOOD & BEVERAGES
Updated June, 2013. A calendar of food holidays, historical food events from ancient to modern times. Births, deaths, anniversaries, inventions, first, last, largest, smallest, longest, greatest. People, corporations, restaurants, books, movies, songs, radio, television, commercials, equipment, beverages, fruits, vegetables, animals, fish, and anything else having to do with food and drink history!
The various designated food & beverage related ‘days’ ‘weeks’ and ‘months’ listed in this food calendar come from many sources. Some are declared by Presidential proclamation or by Congress (National Bird Feeding Month), by other federal government organizations such as the USDA, FDA, or CDC (National Fiber Focus Month) or by State, County or City governments.
Other sources are Industry groups like the National Confectioners Association (National Chocolate Day), and the American Egg Board (Egg Salad Week). Some are designated by private groups like the Culinary Historians of Chicago (National Soul Food Month). Some are declared by individual companies like White Castle (National Hamburger Month). There are a few that are listed on many other websites, but if I am unable to verify a legitimate source, I will remove them from this website.
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Here are a two more very good ‘Timelines’ about Food and Agriculture:
• FoodTimeLine.org by Lynne Olver, Reference Librarian
• History of American Agriculture USDA Agriculture in the Classroom
• General Today in History: Those Were the Days