FOOD & DRINK AWARENESS FOR OCTOBER INCLUDE COFFEE, CURRY, CHOCOLATE AND MORE…

October Food and Drink Awareness Days/Weeks include International Coffee Day, World Vegetarian Day, National Curry Week, World Egg Day, World Food Day, Apple Day and of course Halloween which I will cover separately.

International Coffee Day is on October 1st.. – It is launching a programme to support the next generation of young women and men in coffee, bringing their innovative ideas to life to benefit the  whole coffee community and to support the recovery from the covid-19 pandemic, building a more prosperous future for the sector. The International Coffee Organization (ICO) is excited to announce ‘Coffee’s Next Generation’ as the focus for the International Coffee Day 2020.

International Coffee Day say “‘Coffee’s Next Generation’ is intended to engage ICO Members and all coffee stakeholders to work together with youth organizations, industry leaders and associations, international organizations, development and financial partners and coffee consumers, to invest in the youth and bring to life their innovative ideas and enthusiasm to benefit the whole coffee community and to recover from the pandemic building a more prosperous future.

World Vegetarian Day is also on October 1st…This special day is dedicated to promoting a vegetarian diet, as many people find it to be healthier and more eco-friendly compared to a non-vegetarian diet. Moreover, this day is also important for animal right activists, who promote vegetarianism to try and save animal lives. The main mission of the World Vegetarian Day is to “promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism”. 

Did you know that approximately 10% of the world’s population is vegetarian, and that India has the lowest per capita meat consumption in the world? On October 1, we celebrate the benefits of being a vegetarian and admit that the meatless lifestyle can actually be awesomely delicious. So get out the carrot sticks, tofu, cheese pizza, veggie burgers, and other meat-free delights, because it’s World Vegetarian Day!

National Curry Week takes place between 4th-10th October… – The 23rd National Curry Week takes place from the 4th to 10th October 2021. It’s been a difficult year but for one week only, let’s talk about curry instead of coronavirus. Whether you’re heading out to your local curry house or cooking up a storm using our official recipe book, we want you to be rejoicing in all things curry!

Since the 1970’s, curry houses have become a staple of highstreets up and down the country and millions of curries are consumed every single week. The love affair shows no signs of slowing and that’s what we’re celebrating with National Curry Week! Find out how you can join in by heading over to the National Curry Week website.

World Egg Day is on 8th October.. – World Egg Day was established at Vienna 1996, when it was decided to celebrate the power of the egg on the second Friday in October each year. Since then, egg fans around the world have thought up new creative ways to honour this incredible nutrient powerhouse, and the day of celebration has grown and evolved over time.

This year’s World Egg Day will take place on Friday 8 October and will mark the 25th anniversary of the event. The 2021 celebration will centre around the brilliant versatility of the egg and its multitude of benefits to people at every stage of life.

There are lots of ways you can get involved, from sharing your favourite recipe on social media, to attempting to break a world record!

To help you celebrate World Egg Day 2021, the World Egg Day website have developed a range of industry resources which are free for all to use, including a customisable press release, ready-made social media graphics, and World Egg Day logos in 21 different languages, or just head to the World Egg Day website for more details.

World Food Day takes place on 16th October… – World Food Day is a collective action across 150 countries is what makes World Food Day one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. Hundreds of events and outreach activities bring together governments, businesses, NGOs, the media, and general public. They promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.

#WorldFoodDay 2021 will be marked a second time while countries around the world deal with the widespread effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a time to look into the future we need to build together.

Make #WorldFoodDay your day – share your individual action online or join the call by developing a virtual event or activity.

Apple Day is on October 21st… – Apple Day, 21 October, was launched in 1990 by Common Ground. The aspiration was to create a calendar custom, an autumn holiday. From the start, Apple Day was intended to be both a celebration and a demonstration of the variety we are in danger of losing, not simply in apples, but in the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too. It has also played a part in raising awareness in the provenance and traceability of food.

The success of Apple Day has shown what the apple means to us and how much we need local celebrations in which, year after year, everyone can be involved. In city, town and country, Apple Day events have fostered local pride, celebrated and deepened interest in local distinctiveness. Common Ground would still like Apple Day to become the autumn holiday in Britain. Apple Day is now an integral part of the calendar of many villages, local authorities and city markets. It is a focus for activities organised by the Women’s Institute, National Trust properties, Wildlife Trusts, museums and galleries, horticultural societies, shops and restaurants as well as for schools, colleges and environmental study centres.The first Apple Day celebrations, in the old Apple Market in London’s Covent Garden, brought fruit to the market after 16 years’ absence. Forty stalls were taken. Fruit growers and nurseries producing and selling a wide variety of apples and trees rubbed shoulders with juice-and cider-makers, as well as writers and illustrators with their apple books. For lots more information and links to Apple Day head over to the Common Ground website.

WHAT’S IN SEASON IN SEPTEMBER?…

According to The National Trust September is probably the most abundant month in the vegetable garden. Summer crops, such as salads, tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers and runner beans are still highly productive while autumn crops such as apples, pears, squash, leeks are nearly ready for harvesting.

Whether you grow your own or visit farm shops, greengrocers and markets, you’ll find a wealth of British crops for late summer salads or cosy autumnal feasts.

Vegetables to harvest or buy

  • Beetroot
  • Cabbage
  • Calabrese
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Courgettes and summer squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Fennel
  • French beans
  • Lettuce and other salad leaves
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers and chilies
  • Runner beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Sweetcorn
  • Shallots, onion and garlic

Fruit to harvest or buy

  • Blueberries
  • Figs
  • Raspberries
  • Plums and damsons
  • Apples and pears

The approach of autumn sees the peak of our harvest. Historically, this time of year has been central to the UK’s rural calendar, and many areas still celebrate with a traditional harvest festival.

Source: The National Trust