July Food Days for Food Bloggers

July Food Days for Food Bloggers

A detailed list of July food observances makes it easy for food content creators to brainstorm blog and email content ideas.

If you’re looking for ideas for July content for your food blog’s email newsletters or social media channels, or you’re wanting to brainstorm recipe ideas or come up with fun food videos for your YouTube channel, check out all of these July food holidays. You’re sure to find something that gets your creative juices flowing – there’s suitable topics for every kind of food blogger and food content creator.

Many of these observances are based on dates in the United States but are often celebrated in the food community at large. I’ve tried to note where a month, week or day is tied to a specific country other than the USA. And where a day is observed globally, that has been noted as well.

Some July food days do shift from year to year but these dates should be current for 2024

Table of Contents

July Month-Long Food Observances

  • Baked Beans Month
  • Beans Month
  • Bison Month
  • Blueberry Month
  • Corn Month
  • Culinary Arts Month
  • Eggplant Month
  • Grilling Month
  • Horseradish Month
  • Hot Dog Month
  • Ice Cream Month
  • Pickle Month
  • Picnic Month
  • Watermelon Month

July Week-Long Food Observances

  • July 7-12: Canned Luncheon Meat Week or Spam Week (first full week of July)
  • July 7-12: Sparkling Wine Week (first full week of July)

July Food Days

July Food Days: July 1-7

  • July 1: Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day
  • July 1: Gingersnap day
  • July 1: International Chicken Wing Day
  • July 1: International Fruit Day
  • July 2: Anisette Day
  • July 3: Chocolate Wafer Day
  • July 3: Eat Your Beans Day
  • July 3: Fried Clam Day
  • July 3: Independent Beer Run Day
  • July 4: Barbecue Spare Ribs Day
  • July 4: Jackfruit Day
  • July 4: Caesar Salad Day
  • July 4: Independence From Meat Day
  • July 4: Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
  • July 4: Thirsty Thursday (first Thursday of July)
  • July 5: Apple Turnover Day
  • July 5: Graham Cracker Day
  • July 5: Jam Day
  • July 6: Fried Chicken Day
  • July 6: Hand Roll Day (sushi)
  • July 7: World Chocolate day
  • July 7: Strawberry Sundae Day
  • July 7: Macaroni Day

July Food Days: July 8-14

  • July 8: Blueberry Day
  • July 8: Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • July 8: Ice Cream Sundae Day
  • July 8: Freezer Pop Day
  • July 8: Raspberry Day
  • July 9: Sugar Cookie Day
  • July 9: Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Omelet Day
  • July 10: Pina Colada Day
  • July 10: Pick Blueberries Day
  • July 11: Blueberry Muffin day
  • July 11: Mojito Day
  • July 11: Rainier Cherry Day
  • July 11: 7-11 or Free Slurpee Day
  • July 11: State Fair Food Day
  • July 12: French Fry Day (2nd Friday in July)
  • July 12: Eat Your Jello Day
  • July 12: Pecan Pie Day
  • July 12: World Kebab Day
  • July 13: Beans ‘n’ Franks Day
  • July 14: Grand Marnier Day
  • July 14: Macaroni and Cheese Day

July Food Days: July 15-21

  • July 15: Gummy Worm Day
  • July 15: Tapioca Pudding Day
  • July 15: Orange Chicken Day
  • July 16: Corn Fritters Day
  • July 16: Fresh Spinach Day
  • July 16: Personal Chef Day
  • July 16: Cherry Day
  • July 17: Hot Dog Day (3rd Wednesday in July)
  • July 17: Peach Ice Cream Day
  • July 18: Caviar Day
  • July 18: Sour Candy Day
  • July 18: Dole Whip Day (3rd Thursday in July)
  • July 18: Tropical Fruit Day
  • July 19: Daiquiri Day
  • July 20: Lollipop Day
  • July 20: Fortune Cookie Day
  • July 20: Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day
  • July 21: Ice Cream Day (3rd Sunday in July)
  • July 21: Junk Food Day
  • July 21: Lamington Day

July Food Days: July 22-28

  • July 22: Penuche Fudge Day
  • July 22: Mango Day
  • July 22: BLT Day
  • July 23: Sprinkles Day
  • July 23: Vanilla Ice Cream Day
  • July 23: Peanut Butter & Chocolate Day
  • July 24: Tequila Day
  • July 24: Drive-Thru Day
  • July 25: Refreshment Day (4th Thursday in July)
  • July 25: Shiraz Day (4th Thursday in July)
  • July 25: Wine & Cheese Day
  • July 25: Chili Dog Day (last Thursday in July)
  • July 25: Hot Fudge Sunday Day
  • July 25: Culinarians’ Day
  • July 26: Bagelfest Day
  • July 26: Coffee Milkshake Day
  • July 26: World Tofu day
  • July 27: Scotch Day
  • July 27: Crème Brûlée Day
  • July 27: Chicken Finger Day
  • July 28: Milk Chocolate Day

July Food Days: July 29-31

  • July 29: Chicken Wing Day
  • July 29: Lasagna Day
  • July 30: Cheesecake Day
  • July 31: Avocado Day
  • July 31: Raspberry Cake Day
  • July 31: Jump for Jelly Beans Day
  • July 31: Shredded Wheat Day

Did I miss something? Leave me a note in the comments and I’ll add it.

Use this list to help you create emails, blog posts, social media post and videos for your food content.

Want More July Food Content Ideas?

If you’re looking for more in depth food content ideas for July, you might want to check out this article on July Email Newsletter Ideas for Food Content Creators.

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July Newsletter Content Ideas for Food Bloggers

July Newsletter Content Ideas for Food Bloggers

There are so many delicious options to write about in your July email newsletters! If you’re a food bloggers or food content creator, the hard part will be narrowing down those options. So let’s get writing!

July is another bumper month for content. Many of the ideas I shared in June cross over into July (and I’ll recap a few here but for the full list check out June Newsletter Ideas for Food Bloggers)

SEASONAL HOLIDAYS:

Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (US – July 4)

  • grilling recipes, potlucks, BBQs, picnics
  • red and white food (Canada Day) or red, white and blue food (July 4): make the most of seasonal strawberries, cherries and blueberries
  • Canada Day or July 4 menu ideas for a grilling night, potlucks, appetizers etc

SEASONAL FOOD:

Summer produce is in full swing!

  • tail end of strawberry season in many places
  • raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, Saskatoon berries, haskap berries
  • stone fruits: cherries and apricots with peaches arriving in late July in some areas
  • melons
  • veggies: peas, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, salad greens, zucchini, radishes, swiss chard, corn, new potatoes
  • canning, preserving and freezing – don’t forget jams and jellies!
  • pie
  • summer cocktails, mocktails and other iced drinks
  • grilling recipes
  • seafood
  • frozen desserts (popsicles, ice cream, gelato)
  • no-bake desserts
  • potluck and picnic dishes
  • homemade BBQ sauces, spice rubs and marinades
  • air fryers and instant pots as ways to cook and keep the kitchen cool
  • dishes best served cold

KEEP THE KITCHEN COOL:

Nobody wants to turn on an oven in July or August – unless it’s an outdoor pizza oven! Think make ahead meals, dishes best served cold or household appliances that don’t generate much heat:

  • potato and pasta salads
  • cold proteins (cook in the morning and serve in the evening): cold chicken, ham
  • fresh fruit and veggies with light, bright dressings
  • no-bake desserts
  • Instant Pot, Air Fryer, slow cooker and BBQ or propane grill recipes

** Note that in many areas as wildfire season is in full swing, any kind of outdoor flame may be banned

CANNING AND PRESERVING:

Gardens, farmer’s markets and farm gate sales are now in full on production mode with entire flats of fresh fruit and produce available for sale. And that means it’s canning, preserving and freezing season!

  • basic equipment
  • different types of preserving
  • basic safety precautions and preserving techniques
  • jams and jellies (unique flavour ideas are big right now!)
  • salsas, pickles, pasta sauces

ROAD TRIPS & ENTERTAINING:

There are still opportunities to focus on outdoor cooking and entertaining. But don’t just focus on grilling! This time of year people are cooking on portable camp stoves, charcoal BBQs, over campfires, in RVs, on the beach or at their Air BnB.  And they’re eating while moving!

Also think about pool parties, outdoor movie nights, picnics, impromptu neighbourhood get togethers, sports tournaments – anywhere people are gathering, they’ll want food and cold drinks.

BACK TO SCHOOL:

This one is a little wild for me as back to school here is always after Labour Day in September but, a lot of areas go back as early as August. I’ll have more ideas for this next month but have it on your radar and start planning your BTS content for all your platforms.

This is just a smattering of ideas – take them and run with them. Shape them to fit your niche and content. The hardest part about June and July is narrowing it down to a few topics.

Now’s the time to get started. Plan out your June newsletter calendar and batch write your emails. Schedule them and you’re good to go!

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June Newsletter Ideas for Food Bloggers

June Newsletter Ideas for Food Bloggers

There is SO much food content you can write about in your June email newsletters! If you’re a food bloggers or food content creator, this is when we’re spoiled for choice. So let’s get writing!

After struggling to make root vegetables interesting for almost 6 months, June is like a breath of fresh air for food bloggers and food content creators. This is when writing your email newsletters gets a lot easier and I’ve got loads of ideas to help you out this month. A lot of these ideas also carry over into July and, to a certain extent, August – so you can plan even further ahead!

SEASONAL HOLIDAYS:

June brings us Father’s Day, as well as school graduations which run through the entire month. And, while Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (US July 4) are the first week of July, you’ll want to start dripping content out for these in mid to late June. Here are some ideas:

  • grilling recipes or Father’s day menu ideas
  • Father’s Day gift guide for the dad who cooks (grilling tools and accessories, cookbooks, specialty condiments, cool kitchen gadgets etc) – don’t forget affiliate links where allowed!
  • red and white food (Canada Day) or red, white and blue food (July 4)
  • Canada Day or July 4 menu ideas for a grilling night, potlucks, appetizers etc
  • grad party and menu ideas: outdoor movie night, dry grad, morning after breakfast buffet

SEASONAL FOOD:

We’re gearing up for berry season but there’s loads of other ideas

  • strawberries (raspberries and blueberries may be on the way in warmer regions)
  • rhubarb (tail end)
  • peas
  • leafy greens
  • cherries (late June through July)
  • summer cocktails, mocktails and other iced drinks
  • grilling recipes
  • seafood
  • frozen desserts (popsicles, ice cream)
  • no-bake desserts
  • potluck and picnic dishes
  • homemade BBQ sauces, spice rubs and marinades
  • slow cookers, air fryers and instant pots as ways to cook and keep the kitchen cool
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COOKING ON THE ROAD:

Just like in May (and continuing through July and August, there are lots of opportunities to focus on outdoor cooking and entertaining. But don’t just focus on grilling! This time of year people are cooking on portable camp stoves, charcoal BBQs, over campfires, in RVs, on the beach or at their Air BnB.  And they’re eating while moving!

  • grilling, smoker, BBQ recipes
  • shopping meal prep for travel (don’t forget airplane snacks too!)
  • tips on hot weather food safety and how to pack a cooler
  • recipes you can cook on camp stoves, campfires or in tiny kitchens
  • camp kitchen hygiene and animal safety
  • road trip or airplane snacks
  • how to grocery shop while on vacation
  • kid snacks for day camps
  • how to do any of the above suggestions on a budget!

CANNING AND PRESERVING:

Canning and preserving don’t get into full swing until later in the summer but now is a great time to talk about how to prep for the season: tools, tips, books and blog posts!

ENTERTAINING:

People entertain a lot during the summer. Casual get togethers, out of town family, weddings, wedding showers, engagement parties, sports team windups… it’s a long list!

  • emails that focus on menu ideas for any of these events  – especially easy food that isn’t labour intensive
  • no cook dinner ideas
  • make ahead dishes that can be eaten cold

This is just a smattering of ideas – take them and run with them. Shape them to fit your niche and content. The hardest part about June and July is narrowing it down to a few topics.

Now’s the time to get started. Plan out your June newsletter calendar and batch write your emails. Schedule them and you’re good to go!

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Do Food Bloggers Need a Lead Magnet?

Do Food Bloggers Need a Lead Magnet?

A lot of the food bloggers and food content creators I work with ask me if they need a lead magnet to help grow their email list. So let’s talk about it – are lead magnets worth it, or not?

Let’s start with the basics. Before you decide if you want a lead magnet or not, let’s answer the most important question first…

WHAT IS A LEAD MAGNET?

If you’re not 100% sure what a lead magnet is, let’s start there with a quick introduction.A lead magnet is an incentive that you give away to readers or visitors to your website in exchange for having them sign up to your email list. Quid pro quo!

A lead magnet doesn’t have to be complex, in depth or fancy.  An ideal magnet should be low effort for you to create and high value for the person signing up for your list.

Do not confuse what you consider to be high value with what your reader considers high value.  This is a common mistake content creators make.

You’re the expert. When we’re the expert or when something comes easily or seems obvious to us, it’s easy for us to forget that’s not the case for others.

Sometimes, high value may be as simple as saving somebody time (anything that saves me time is extremely high value to me).

I’m not going to get into a comprehensive list of lead magnet ideas here – I’ll save that for the next post But if you’re considering creating a lead magnet or two, think about what you can quickly and easily provide that makes life easier for your readers?

DO I NEED A LEAD MAGNET FOR MY FOOD BLOG?

No,  you do not need a lead magnet.

I get asked this all the time and no, you really don’t. You can still build a good, healthy list without a lead magnet.

But… (I always have a “but”, right? 🤣), you will have to work harder to get subscribers and it will be a slower process.

Signing up for a newsletter is generally not the reason people land on your site and it’s not going to be top of mind.  With or without a lead magnet, you’ll need to make it top of mind for them. And with no incentive, you’ll need to work harder to do that.

Make sure people have lots of visual queues to sign up on your website with popups, inline forms on individual blogs posts, text links and sidebar boxes.

You’ll need to ask people to signup via your social media channels – and make it easy for them to do so. Create an easy landing page URL where the only thing people can do is sign up for your list. (This is mine – and for what it’s worth, I don’t currently have a lead magnet!)

The upside of this? People who do sign up for your list will be there because they really want to hear from you –  and that, my friends, is the basis for a healthy list!


THE #1 REASON PEOPLE TELL ME THEY DON’T HAVE A LEAD MAGNET

The biggest reason I hear for not having a lead magnet (and I hear it again and again) is that “people just sign up to get the freebie and then they unsubscribe”.

This doesn’t cut the mustard with me.

If you don’t want to have a lead magnet, don’t have one. That’s totally fine.

But if you have a lead magnet and you wind up with a net increase in subscribers every month, the lead magnet is doing its job. Why would you ditch it?

If you have a net decrease in subscribers then sure, get rid of it. And then you probably need to dive deeper into why you’re losing more subscribers than you’re gaining every month. Because, it’s probably not the lead magnet!

PEOPLE WHO UNSUBSCRIBE AFTER GETTING THE LEAD MAGNET

Yes, some people are going to sign up for your list, grab the freebie and run. That’s life. Just like they land on your website from google, get the recipe they wanted and wave buh-bye. How many of us drop into Walmart to buy the loss leader in that week’s circular and then get the heck out of there?  

We all do stuff like this from time to time when it comes to the businesses we interact with.

If your lead magnet is low effort for you, then it’s really not a big deal if somebody unsubscribes after they get your lead magnet.

Let them go.

They were never going to engage with your emails anyway and they wind up costing you money instead of making you money.

But, the people who do this are almost always the minority. It just feels like they’re the majority because they’re actively letting you know that you’re not for them and that always sucks. (think about how we obsess over the one negative or ignorant comment on a recipe but disregard the dozens of positive comments??)

THE OTHER REASONS PEOPLE UNSUBSCRIBE SHORTLY AFTER GETTING YOUR FREEBIE

It’s more likely that people unsubscribe from your email list after getting your lead magnet for one of these reasons:

  • they read it and realized your tone or style is not for them
  • the lead magnet didn’t deliver what it promised
  • they were inundated with multiple emails from you in a very short period of time
  • your send frequency is too high for their tolerance
  • your list onboarding is clunky

The first? Well that stinks but, we can’t be for everyone.  We shouldn’t even try. Having a unique voice and a strong point of view will help you stand out and build a strong following. But it will also turn some people off. And that’s ok!

It wouldn’t hurt, though, to have a few friends or food content creator peers review your lead magnet and your initial emails to see if maybe the tone is coming across awkwardly or your humour or words are falling flat.

The other reasons? Those are all things that are fixable! But it’ll mean you need to sit down and have an honest talk with yourself about what you’re doing.

⭐️ Are you delivering what you promised in the lead magnet?
⭐️ How many emails did they get from you in the first week? 1? 3? 7? TEN???
⭐️ Were you up front about how often they can expect to hear from you in the welcome email you sent them?
⭐️ Did they have to jump through hoops for the lead magnet to drop in their inbox? (and yes, you should be using double opt-in)

THE LAST WORD ON LEAD MAGNETS FOR FOOD CONTENT CREATORS

No, you don’t need one.

But having one will help you grow your list faster – especially if it’s something your ideal subscriber values.

If you have a lead magnet and you’re getting a net increase in subscribers every month, it’s doing it’s job.  I would keep it

Don’t worry about unsubscribes so much as long as you’re growing, your open rate is steady and people are engaging with your email content.

I’ll be back soon to talk about the kinds of lead magnets you can offer that will be easy for you to make and highly valued by your audience!

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