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Here are some events that have made it into August foodie history


1st - We kick off the month with ‘World Breastfeeding Week’, a healthy cause to support. Perhaps less healthy, but hard to resist, is the Mars Bar – which was introduced on this day in 1932.

2nd – From babies’ beverages to big-boy drinks. Today is International Beer Day. So head down to your local pub and order a brew in support.

3rd – This day marks the birthday of Martha Stewart – entertaining advisor, cookbook author and, well, celebrity ex-convict. She was born in 1941.

4th – Dom Perignon discovers the process for making Champagne on this day, in 1693, and proclaimed, “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”

5th – If you are in Australia on this day, you’ll be celebrating National Picnic Day.

6th – The legendary Savoy Hotel opened in London, with Cesar Ritz and Escoffier on this day, in 1889.

7th – On this day, in 1792, Andreas Sigismund Marggraf died. He was a German chemist who discovered beet sugar, which led to the development of the modern sugar industry – and therefore the need for gyms and fitness clubs.

8th – On this day, in 2006, Krispy Kreme donuts opened its first Asian outlet in Hong Kong. It’s also National Frozen Custard Day in the USA.

9th – France ends price controls on bread in 1978. Anyone fancy a baguette?

10th – This marks St Lawrence of Rome Day – patron saint of cooks and protector of vineyards.

11th – This is a bit of a ‘raspberry day’ as, in 1949, Eric Carmen of the music group ‘The Raspberries’ was born, and this marks National Raspberry Bombe Day in the USA.

12th – Chocoholics will have good cause for celebration today as, in 1801, John Cadbury, founder of the Cadbury Chocolate Company, was born.

13th – This is International Lefthanders Day. Just a thought - if the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa, then only left-handed people are in their right minds? (Yes, both the writer and editor are left-handed, and the fact that this has nothing to do with food is contradictory to this point.)

14th – This day marks St Werenfrid’s Day, patron of vegetable gardens, so head to you nearest garden centre, buy a packet of seeds and start digging.

15th – On this day, in 1914, The Panama Canal was officially opened when a ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. This greatly increased the opportunities for food import and export.

16th – In 1888, on this day, John Styth Pemberton died. He was the pharmacist who invented Coca-Cola only three years prior to his death.

17th – In the USA, this marks National Honey Bee Day.

18th – A date of bizarre events – in 1953 four cows in Stearns County, Minnesota, were picked up by a tornado and set down unharmed. So that’s how milkshakes are made! And on the same day in 2004, it was reported that it rained fish at about 2:30 pm in Shropshire, Western England.

19th – In the USA, ‘Hot and Spicy Food Day’ is recognised on this day. We have no shortage of suitable dishes here, so put on a brave face and give it your best shot.

20st – 1966 – The Beatles are pelted with rotten fruit at a concert in Memphis.

21st – This day honours St Bernard Tolomeo, patron saint of olive growers.

22nd – 1965 - Ellen Church died (born Sept 22, 1904). Her claim to fame was being the first airline stewardess. She showed others how to smile and say, ‘chicken or fish’.

23rd – On a positive note, and a step in the right direction in counteracting modern health issues, in 2004 the French parliament passed a bill to combat obesity among French youth. The bill bans junk food and soft drink vending machines in French schools, and requires health warnings or an alternate tax on snack food and soft drink commercials.

24th – 1976, and two Soviet cosmonauts return to Earth after 48 days in orbit in a space laboratory. That’s a long time to eat freeze-dried food.

25th – On this day, in 1810, Peter Durand was granted the first patent for preserving food in tin cans. And so bachelors learnt to ‘fend for themselves’ and have beans on toast for dinner.

26th – This is the day of food-inspired songs hitting the charts. In 1972 ‘Coconut’ by Nilsson reached number eight, and in 1978, Frankie Valli's ‘Grease’ reached number one on the charts.

27th – Feminists won’t be celebrating today’s event – The Feast of St Monica, patron saint of homemakers and housewives.

28th – One of the world’s biggest food fights takes place annually in Spain - ‘La Tomatina’ or the Tomato Fight, which happens in Bunol, Valencia. 30,000 people throw over 100 tonnes of tomatoes at each other.

29th – Swedish actress, Ingrid Bergman, was born and died on this day. (29th August 1915 – 29th August 1982). She was most famous for her lead role in the iconic movie, Casablanca. Now while this has nothing to do with food, some men found her quite delicious so to speak.

30th – In 2007, on this day, Michael Jackson, a leading beer critic, died at the age of 65. He was the author of ‘The World Guide to Beer’ (1977), and wrote articles for various newspapers and food magazines. No, we’re not referring to the moon-walking pop icon.

31th – This day, in 1900, marks the first sale of Coca-Cola in Britain. And the rest, as they say, is history.


Rosanne Turner


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