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See FOOD FESTIVALS for February Food & Beverage Festivals

FEBRUARY IS:

  • African American History Month
  • American Heart Month
  • Bake for Family Fun Month (Home Baking Association)
  • Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month (The Florida Strawberry Growers Assn was founded in February 1982)
  • Canned Food Month (Canned Food Alliance)
  • Chocolate Lovers Month
  • Great American Pies Month
  • National Bird Feeding Month - In January 1994, Illinois 10th District Congressman John Porter read a resolution in the Congressional Record making February National Bird Feeding Month. The observance was established because it's one of the most difficult months in much of the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild.
  • National Cherry Month (Cherry Marketing Inst)
  • National Children's Dental Health Month
  • National Grapefruit Month
  • National Hot Breakfast Month
  • National Potato Lover's Month
  • National Snack Food Month
  • Sweet Potato Month (North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission)
  • Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
     

VARIABLE DATE EVENTS

DAYS

  • Bubble Gum Day (Feb 7, 2014 - 1st Friday)
  • Fritter Thursday: (March 6, 2014 -Thurs after Shrove Tuesday - can be Feb or March)
  • International Pancake Day - (March 4 in 2014 -  Annually on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday - can be Feb or March)
  • National Chili Day (Last Thurs)
  • National Frozen Yogurt Day (Feb 6, 2014)
  • National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (Feb 7-8, 2014)
  • National Personal Chefs Day (Feb 26,  2013)
  • Shrove Tuesday (March 4, 2014 - can be February or March)
  • Paczki Day (Shrove Tuesday - March 4, 2014).  A day to enjoy these rich, sugar coated Polish pre-lenten pastries
  • World Sword Swallower's Day (Feb 22, 2014 last Sat)
  • Iceland: Bursting Day (March 4, 2014) - Feast on mutton and pea soup. (On Shrove Tuesday - can be Feb or March)
  • Iceland: Bun Day (March 3, 2014 - Mon before Shrove Tuesday - can be Feb or Mar) Children invade homes in the morning with colorful sticks and recieve gifts of whipped cream buns.
  • UK: East Anglia Potato Day (Feb 8, 2014)
  • UK: Hereford Potato Day (Feb 20, 2014)
  • UK: Oatmeal Monday (Feb 10, 2014 - 2nd Mon in Feb: UK Universities)

WEEKS

  • African Heritage & Health Week (Feb 1-7, 2014) (commemorates the foods, flavors and healthy cooking techniques that were core to the wellbeing of African ancestors from Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the American South.) 
  • Jell-O Week (Feb 9-15, 2014 - 2nd full week in Feb) - [in 2001 Jell-O was declared Official State Snack of Utah and Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt declared an annual "Jell-O Week"]
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (2/23-3/1, 2014)
  • National FFA Week (Future Farmers of America) February 15-22, 2014 (Week of Washington's Birthday, from Saturday to Saturday encomposing February 22)
  • National Pancake Week (March 2-8, 2014 - Week of Shrove  Tuesday - can be Feb or March)
  • UK: Bramley Apple Week (Feb 2-8, 2014)
  • Carnival celebrations in various countries and cities around the world.
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