National Food & Drink Awareness Days 2019

Every year, new national awareness days are added to a long list of ones someone somewhere thinks we should be aware of. Keeping track of them can be tricky. So we’ve put together a comprehensive list of National Food & Drink Awareness Days 2019 for you to keep an eye on. Save the link or download them – they can be a great way to promote stock or plan sales drives throughout the year.

National Awareness Days Create Sales Opportunities

While it’s easy to be cynical about the latest Somerset Sausage Month or Aubergine Day of the week, the truth is, many of our British producers work tirelessly to stay afloat and sustain the growth of food production on UK shores.

Raising awareness of the importance of local produce to our communities is a great way of supporting them. So even if you don’t drop everything and cover your store walls in pretzels the next time you see that awareness month pop up in your insta feed, the very least we can do is spare them a thought.

But we think there’s a further opportunity not to be missed. Why not use it as a way to plan sales drives or product promotions in your store. Create winning windows or small interchangeable hotspots with portable pop-up stands that celebrate a particular event. You can see how easily CH & Co put together attractive displays.

Not only will it capture shopper’s interest but you’ll probably find you sell more in the process. Here’s your list of events. Let us know if we’ve missed any and we’ll add them.

National Food & Drink Awareness Days 2019

January 2019

1 – 31 Dry January – a whole host of resources are available here

1 – 31 Ginuary – The opposite of dry Jan

1- 31 Veganuary – inspiring people to become vegan more info here

6th – National Shortbread Day

25th – Burn’s Night

25th – St Dwynwen’s Day (Welsh Valentine’s Day)

27th – International Chocolate Cake Day

February 2019

3rd – British Yorkshire Pudding Day

5th – World Nutella Day

5th – Chinese New Year – and this year it’s the Year of the Pig

9th – National Pizza Day

14th – Valentine’s Day

22nd – National Margarita Day

23rd – National Toast Day – raise a toast to toast!

24 – 2 March – Cornish Pasty Week

25 – 10 March – Fairtrade fortnight

TBC – Bramley Apple Week

March 2019

1st – St David’s Day

1 – 31 Vegetarian Month

4th – 10th British Pie Week

4th – 8th – National School Breakfast Week

5th – Shrove Tuesday – time to whip up your pancakes

5th – National Absinthe Day

7th – Plant Power Day – putting plants first for one day

11 – 17 – Nutrition & Hydration Week

15th – Comic Relief

17th – St Patrick’s Day

25th – International Waffle Day

31st – Mothering Sunday

TBC: Spam Appreciation Week, National Butcher’s Week, National Salt Awareness Week, International School Meals Day, International Sweet Potato Week, Dementia UK’s Time for a Cuppa, National Poultry Day

April 2019

1st – April Fools Day

4th – International Carrot Day

7th – World Health Day

13th – Thai New Year

14th – Baisakhi – the harvest celebration festival of India

19th – Good Friday

21st – National Tea Day

21st – Easter Sunday

23rd – St George’s Day

29th – 5 May – UK Coffee Week

TBC: British Beef Week, Allergy Awareness Week

May 2019

1st – 31st – Asparagus Month

11th – Eat What You Want Day

11th – World Fairtrade Day

13th – International Hummus Day (and celebrate with a cocktail?)

13th – World Cocktail Day (and celebrate with Hummus?)

13 – 19th – National Vegetarian Week

17th – World Baking Day

18th – World Whisky Day

27th – 2nd – National Barbecue Week

28th – World Hunger Day

TBC: National Doughnut Week (raising funds for The Children’s Trust), Coeliac Awareness Week, British Sandwich Week, British Tomato Week, English Wine Week, Tiger Nut Day, International Pickle Week

June 2019

1st – World Milk Day

2nd – The Big Lunch

8th – World Gin Day #chinchin

9th – Open Farm Sunday

10th – 14th – Healthy Eating Week

14th – World Cucumber Day (celebrated by Hendricks Gin)

15th – Beer Day Britain

16th – Father’s Day

18th – World Sushi Day

19th – World Martini Day

TBC: National Fish & Chips Day, Food Safety Week, Diabetes Week, National Picnic Week, national Fudge Day, National Cream Tea Day. National Dim sum Week, Cupcake Day (for the Alzheimer’s Society), World Food Day (to inspire the UK to try all types of food, encourage experimentation from other cultures and countries)

July 2019

1st – 14th – Wimbledon Fortnight

7th – World Chocolate Day

16th – National Cherry Day

19th – National Daiquiri Day

24th – World Tequila Day

TBC: Spana World Tea Party, Great British Pea Week, Hotdog Day, National Salad Week, National Cheesecake Day

August 2019

TBC: Afternoon Tea Week, Caribbean Food Week, National Allotments Week, World Plant Day, National Burger Day, International Beer Day

September 2019

1 – 30 – Organic September

1 – 30 Sourdough September

7th – World Salami Day

16th – World Guacamole Day

TBC: Love Lamb Week, National Cupcake Week, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, Zero Waste Week, National Rice Week, British Food Fortnight, International Chocolate Day, Seed Gathering Season, World School Milk Day, Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, National Roast Dinner Week, International Bacon Day

October 2019

1st – World Vegetarian Day

1st – 7th October – National Cake Week

4th – International Vodka Day

10th – World Porridge Day

11th – World Egg Day

14-20th – National Baking Week

16th – World Food Day

21st – Apple Day

22nd – National Nut Day

25th – World Pasta Day

31st – Halloween

TBC: National Cake Week, National Seafood Week, International Gin & Tonic Day, RNLI Fish Supper, National Curry Week, World Obesity Day, UK Sausage Week, International Coffee Day, Egg Week, Chocolate Week, Big Sausage Week, National Cholesterol Month, National Tea & Cake Break, Rumfest, National Eating Out Week

November 2019

1st – World Vegan Day

1 – 30th World Vegan Month

5th – Guy Fawkes Night

24th – Stir Up Sunday

30th – St Andrew’s Day

TBC: Italian Cuisine Week, World Diabetes Day, National School Meals Week, British Game Week, World Fairtrade Week, Children in Need, Stout Day, Alcohol Awareness Week, Diwalhi, US Thanksgiving, British Sausage Week

December 2019

25th – Christmas Day

26th – Boxing Day

31st New Year’s Eve

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