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SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 | NATIONAL FRIED RICE DAY | NATIONAL PUNCH DAY | PEPPERONI PIZZA DAY | NATIONAL STRING CHEESE DAY

National Fried Rice Day - September 20

NATIONAL FRIED RICE DAY

Order up a side of Hibachi Chicken Rice to celebrate National Fried Rice Day on September 20. Fried rice is the star of the meal. It’s the flavor that captures the diners’ hearts and keeps them coming back for more. Together with shrimp, chicken or beef, fried rice makes a complete meal. More adventurous foodies can spice it up with Spicy Chicken Rice.

All the flavors and aromas add up to a memorable meal, one made for celebrating. National Fried Rice Day provides that and more!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join Benihana by celebrating National Fried Rice Day with a side of Hibachi Chicken Rice. Share your favorite meal on social media using #NationalFriedRiceDay.

Benihana will kick-off the first annual National Fried Rice Day with a nationwide celebration. A lot of “heart” goes into the creation of this Benihana signature dish, and that’s exactly what two of their highly trained master chefs will show by attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ title for Longest Cooking Marathon. Their chefs will try their hand at cooking fried rice for 42 continuous hours on a 500-degree grill in New York and Chicago beginning at 4 p.m. CST/5 p.m/ EST on September 18.

On September 20, customers will receive a complimentary serving of their famous fried rice with a purchase of an entree at all Benihana locations nationwide.

HISTORY

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Benihana founded National Fried Rice Day because high-quality rice isn’t just another side dish to them; it’s a foundational element of every meal they serve. Benihana has been dishing the irresistible flavor of their famous fried rice to generations of foodies for over half a century, serving roughly 2,720,350 pounds of California-grown rice each year. Fried Rice is beloved throughout the globe and an iconic part of the Benihana experience.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Fried Rice Day to be celebrated annually in 2018.

National Punch Day September 20

NATIONAL PUNCH DAY

 National Punch Day is observed each year on September 20. While there are several directions this day could go, such as honoring tools used to make holes or a day created to throw a few punches at a punching bag, we will direct you toward the thirst quenching version of the delicious, refreshing drink.  National Punch Day is listed as one many American Food Holidays.

A wide assortment of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, fall into the category of punch.  Often made with a combination of fruit juice and a carbonated beverage, a punch is served at parties weddings and other celebrations in large, wide bowls known as punch bowls. 

Punch was believed to have been introduced by sailors to England via India in the early seventeenth century.   Punch grew quickly in popularity and was soon spread to other countries.

The word punch is a loanword from Hindi panch (meaning five).  The drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water and tea or spices.  The original drink was named paantsch.

Soft drink manufacturers today distribute many types of “fruit punch” beverages.  Typically they are red in color and despite the name, they only contain a small fraction of actual fruit juice with the major constituents being sugar or corn syrup, citric acid, and artificial flavors.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make some punch. There are thousands of punch recipes available for you in recipe books and online. Use #NationalPunchDay to post on social media.  

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Punch Day.

Pepperoni Pizza Day September 20

Pepperoni Pizza Day

On September 20th, we recognize the most popular pizza ever created. Pepperoni Pizza Day celebrates the pizza enjoyed by young and old alike. While pizza comes in many flavors, pepperoni is the single most popular pizza. Whether you like your pizza Chicago Style or New York Style, thin and crispy or deep dish, top it with pepperoni!

According to legend, Raffaele Esposito created the first pizza in June of 1889 in honor of the Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. He created the Pizza Margherita, a pizza topped with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, which represented the colors of the Italian flag. While pizza has evolved since that time to include a multitude of toppings from anchovies and pineapple to sausage and bacon, pepperoni remains the most popular.

Italian-Americans developed the ever-popular topping through time-honored sausage making techniques. The seasoned pork and beef sausage is smoked and cured until the resulting product is ready to be sliced and placed on a delicious pie.

How to Observe

Enjoy a slice of Pepperoni Pizza at your favorite pizzeria with friends or family.  Take a photo and post to social media using #PepperoniPizzaDay.

History

Within our research, we were unable to find the origins of this day.

National String Cheese Day - September 20

NATIONAL STRING CHEESE DAY

It’s time for America to stand together in support of our love for String Cheese. Join us as we celebrate National String Cheese Day on September 20. Whether you call it String Cheese, Snack Cheese or Cheese Sticks…there’s no denying that you call it delicious!   

Pack it for a picnic. Have it on a hike. Pass it out for a team snack. And of course, no lunch is complete without this tasty treat. You’ve got to hand it to String Cheese—it’s the fun, easy and protein-packed food that goes wherever you do! It’s no wonder String Cheese has so much “a-peel” with both kids and adults alike. Usually made with mozzarella, String Cheese melts easily when heated making it an excellent addition to recipes, too.

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of String Cheese is deciding how to eat it. Most people go for the classic “peel down and chow down” method—separating each stick into thin strands. (After all, it is kind of fun to play with your food!) Others prefer the “get down to business” approach of removing the wrapper and biting into the stick. (Why wait to get that delicious cheese into your belly?) However, you choose to eat it, get your hands on some every September 20th!

HOW TO OBSERVE

What is your favorite way of snacking on string cheese?  Share on social media with #NationalStringCheeseDay.

HISTORY

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Galbani Cheese founded National String Cheese Day in 2017 to celebrate America’s love of String Cheese.  You can follow Galbani Cheese on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for great snacking recipes and tips.  

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be celebrated annually on September 20. 

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About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.
 
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