Now is the time that sweat makes way for shivers and we shift our focus to fall foods. Seasonal crops and warming spices counter the increasingly chilly atmosphere and forecast the tastes that will greet us over the year’s remaining holidays.
October is National Dessert Month, which is unsurprising considering its emphasis on sugar. It’s also time to appreciate the harvest bounty with occasions including National Apple Month, National Nut Day and of course, National Pumpkin Month (and Day).
Globally, it’s impossible to ignore the impact of Oktoberfest, and although Munich’s bacchanal just wrapped, spin-offs around the world are slinging pretzels, bratwursts and schnitzels to all those in on the celebration.
However, not all of October’s food holidays celebrate gluttony. This year’s World Food Day event in Sumy, Ukraine will address the impact of climate change on agriculture in addition to organizing a collection for a local food bank.
Sarra Sedghi is Paste Food’s Assistant Editor. She can usually be found arguing about mayonnaise on Twitter.