National Coq Au Vin Day | May 29
(Last Updated On: May 23, 2023)


Each year on May 29th, National Coq Au Vin Day celebrates a delicious French dish. Coq au vin is French braise of chicken, cooked with wine, lardons (salt pork), mushrooms, and garlic.


A French staple, Coq au vin translates to “rooster with wine.” It’s a rustic, peasant-style dish that is easy to serve when entertaining because a lot of the work can be done in advance. And since we all celebrated National Wine Day just a few days ago, you might be prepared and have an extra bottle on hand just for this recipe.

Different legends tell of Coq au vin back in the days of Gaul and Julius Caesar. However, the first documented recipe was in the early 20th century.  There was a somewhat similar recipe, poulet au vin blanc, that appeared in an 1864 cookbook.


Whether you make the dish at home or order it from your favorite restaurant, this holiday is worth savoring. We even have a recipe for you to try. Enjoy this Coq Au Vin recipe. You can also learn about the 7 Mother Sauces for this celebration to expand your cooking know-how.

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National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this French cuisine holiday. However, we also have other French holidays for you to explore:

May 29th Celebrated History


The Atlanta Journal publishes the first advertisement for Coca-Cola.


Bing Crosby records “White Christmas” and the Irving Berlin song becomes a perennial hit.


The St. Roch becomes the first ship to sail around North America when it arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The accomplishment was made possible via the Panama Canal which opened in 1914. It wasn’t the first time the Royal Canadian Mounted Police schooner found itself in the record books; in 1940-1942, the vessel became the first to sail through the Northwest Passage.


Mountaineers Edmund Hillary (New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay (Tibet) became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.


The United States Supreme Court rules 7-2 that the Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) Tour must accommodate golfers with disabilities according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Disabled golfer Casey Martin brought the suit against the PGA’s no cart rule.

May 29th Celebrated Birthdays

Bob Hope – 1903

In 1908, Bob Hope emigrated to America with his mother and five of his brothers via Ellis Island. Hope became one of the most famous entertainers in America. He was an author, dancer, athlete, singer, actor, and humanitarian. He was also a stand-up comedian. One of his most famous lines is, “Though I was born in England, I left at the age of four…actually the minute I started to talk, they deported me.”

John F. Kennedy – 1917

John F. Kennedy’s  life was cut short when he was assassinated in  Dallas, Texas in 1963.   His life up until then was considered by many to be out of the realms of Camelot, and the world had high hopes for his presidency.

Pepper Paire Davis – 1924

The American catcher and infielder played 10 seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and 9 of those were on championship teams. She also co-wrote the AAGPBL son with Nalda Bird Phillips.

Al Unser – 1939

Al Unser’s racing career spanned 37 years. During those years, Unser took on a variety of races, sports cars, stock cars, and tracks. He endured the death of his brother Jerry and was challenged through sibling rivalry.

Melissa Etheridge – 1961

Grammy-winning artist, Melissa Etheridge built a solo career from the moment she broke onto the rock & roll scene. With a raspy blend of soulful folk-rock and edgy blues, Etheridge continues to tour and create new powerful music.

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