April Foods Days
Marty Martindale

Food Days in April (thanks to the Nibbler.)

  • National Florida Tomato Month
  • National Garlic Month
  • National Grilled Cheese Month
  • National Soft Pretzel Month
  • National Soy Foods Month
  • National Bake Week
  • National Egg Salad Week
  • National Hot Cross Bun Day Good Friday
  • National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day Easter
  • National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • National Chocolate Mousse Day
  • National Cordon Bleu Day
  • National Caramel Day
  • National Raisin and Spice Bar Day
  • National Caramel Popcorn Day
  • National Empanada Day
  • Chinese Almond Cookie Day
  • National Cinnamon Crescent (Croissant) Day
  • National Cheese Fondue Day
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • National Licorice Day
  • National Peach Cobbler Day
  • National Pecan Day
  • National Glazed Spiral Ham Day
  • National Eggs Benedict Day
  • Day of the Mushroom
  • National Cheeseball Day
  • Healthy Kids Day
  • April 18: Animal Crackers Birthday
  • April 19: Garlic Day
  • April 19: National Amaretto Day
  • April 20: National Pineapple Upside-
  • Down Cake Day
  • Lima Bean Respect Day
  • Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day
  • National Jelly Bean Day
  • National Cherry Cheesecake Day
  • National Picnic Day
  • National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day
  • National Zucchini Bread Day
  • National Pretzel Day
  • National Prime Rib Day
  • National Blueberry Pie Day
  • National Shrimp Scampi Day
  • National Raisin Day



The first of April, some do way,
Is set apart for All Fools’ Day.
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know.
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment.
–Poor Robins Almanac (1790)

During the sixteenth century, France commenced each new year on April 1. Then, along came Pope Gregory in 1562 with a dramatically new calendar, which made New Year’s Day  January 1 instead of April 1. The calendar was more complicated and contained  religious reminders, saints days and feast celebration dates, plus civil calendar days. It also had months of unequal length and a need for leap year in all years divisible by 400. Non-leap years were known as common years. Complicated, and it caught on slowly.

Thus, it took a very long time for great numbers of  people to start using this calendar, and these people continued to celebrate each new year on the first day of April. This won for them the tab, April Fools, or All Fools.  Such “Fools” became victims of pranks – or harmless jokes, some being sent on “fool’s errands,” anything to make them look silly and eventually laugh at themselves.  A common trick was to make someone believe their shoelace is untied when it wasn’t. Once an innocent victim takes the trickster seriously, the trickster yelled, “April Food!”


Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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