How To Easily Plan Your Menu With Food Holidays

Food holidays can be celebrated throughout the year. One way to vary your menu (and impress your bed and breakfast guests) is to prepare them food that is celebrated on certain food holidays! However, please note that some of the food holiday dates change each year. For instance, some are always celebrated on a certain day of the week (instead of the same date).

Bed & Breakfast Food Holidays

First of all, what are just some of the amazing breakfast food holidays innkeepers can use in 2021?

January

  • 20: National Cheese Lover’s Day
  • 24: National Peanut Butter Day
  • 30: National Croissant Day

February

  • 16: National Almond Day
  • 21: National Sticky Bun Day
  • 23: National Banana Bread Day

March

  • 1: National Fruit Compote Day
  • 7: National Cereal Day
  • 25: World Pecan Day

April

  • 7: Coffee Cake Day
  • 16: National Eggs Benedict Day
  • 25: National Zucchini Bread Day

May

  • 4: National Orange Juice Day
  • 6: National Crepes Suzette Day
  • 14: National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

June

  • 3: National Egg Day
  • 4: National Donut Day
  • 18: National Cherry Tart Day
  • 21: National Peaches and Cream Day

July

  • 5: National Apple Turnover Day
  • 11: National Blueberry Muffin Day
  • 27: National Crème Brulee Day

August

  • 8: National Zucchini Day
  • 24: National Waffle Day
  • 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day

September

  • 4: International Bacon Day
  • 17: National Apple Dumpling Day
  • 26: National Pancake Day

October

  • 10: National Angel Food Cake Day
  • 26: Pumpkin Day
  • 29: National Oatmeal Day

November

  • 9: National Greek Yogurt Day
  • 17: Homemade Bread Day (same date in 2020)
  • 28: National French Toast Day (also same date in 2020)

December

  • 15: National Cupcake Day (same date in 2020)
  • 17: National Maple Syrup Day (also same date in 2020)
  • 24: National Egg Nog Day (same date in 2020)

Seasons

So, the wonderful thing about breakfast food holidays is that they correspond with the seasons of the year.  Thus, it makes complete sense National Egg Nog Day is in the month of December!

Menu Planning

Meanwhile, B&B innkeepers and chefs, how do you select your menus each day? Firstly, some of you receive inspiration from cookbooks. Secondly, others have tried and true family recipes. Lastly, some readers, who are overachievers, have even published their own cookbooks.

Local Farm Fresh Food

A big emphasis (and rightly so) is placed on buying local farm fresh food.  Not only is it great that your food is prepared fresh in your kitchen, your bed and breakfast/restaurant supports your local community.

Your Local Area & Authentic Family Recipes

Furthermore, in addition to breakfast food holidays, if your bed and breakfast specializes in cooking a certain type of food, then by all means embrace that.  For example, one deliciously distinctive type of cuisine is the Southern cooking cuisine.  Thus, depending upon your bed and breakfast location and your family roots, your guests can enjoy a variety of delectable dishes authentic to your region and or your ancestry.

Social Media

Feature your food holiday creations in your marketing, especially with photos in social media. Add the food holidays as a hashtag. For example, #NationalPancakeDay.

Bed and Breakfast Consulting

Rob Sales and Lori Blass, former innkeepers turned licensed real estate professionals and B&B Consultants, hope this helps you plan future menus. We help innkeepers buy and sell properties in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Contact us today!