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.
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Tacos have won a place in pop culture as well as our hearts, so let you know how much you love them by devouring as many as you can on October 4th in honor of National Taco Day. Let's hope that next year there really is a taco truck on every corner.
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It's probably not surprising that October, which ends with Halloween, is National Dessert Month.
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Over its centuries of existence, Oktoberfest has made its way around the world and expanded to celebrate hearty snacks, particularly of the carbohydrate and meat variety. Nothing sops up beer like a giant pretzel and German sausage.
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October is National Apple Month, and the time couldn't be riper for picking. In 1996, National Apple Week, which was established by the U.S. Apple Association in 1904, was expanded to last all October long. Pick some apples, buy some apples, bake some apples, slather some apple slices in peanut butter, just enjoy some apples and get that healthy dose of fiber.
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Noodles are beloved around the world (and have been so for scores of centuries), so it only makes sense to celebrate them via a number of cuisines for National Noodle Day on October 6.
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Turophiles across the country will take delight in October 9, National Moldy Cheese Day. Sophisticated cheeses may not smell great, but they taste divine. Consider sitting this one out if you're lactose intolerant.
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This October, learn some new recipes from a classic format in honor of National Cookbook Month. If you're looking to add a cookbook to your collection, consider some of this fall's new releases.
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Feel a tiny bit less guilty about clogging your arteries on October 25, National Greasy Foods Day. Celebrate by consuming all that is oily, slathered in cheese and fried.
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Eggs have long been incorporated into major holidays as symbols of rebirth and fertility, and as of 1996 they have a holiday of their own, rolling around on the second Friday of October. Down an egg or two at any time of the day and take advantage of all that protein, calcium, vitamins and amino acids--these babies go a long way.
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National Food Day, which was established by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1981, aims to raise awareness and end world hunger every October 16. This year, National Food Day takes on climate change's impact on the food industry and will hold its event in Sumy, Ukraine.
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