January 2025

Following the festive period, there are many ways to celebrate health and good food throughout January,
from Veganuary to Ginuary and many celebrations in-between.

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  • 1-31st Dry January
    Dry January invites people to detox from alcohol following a boozy festive period.
  • 1-31st Veganuary
    Veganuary is an annual challenge run by a UK nonprofit organisation that promotes and educates about veganism by encouraging people to follow a vegan lifestyle for the month of January.
  • 1-31st Ginuary
    Ginuary is a celebration of gin during the month of January. Ginuary is the opposite of Dry January. Rather than a campaign for people to stop drinking, Ginuary provides reasons to drink gin.
  • 1-31st National Slow Cooking Month
    An inventor named Irving Nachumsohn received the patent for the device that became the Crock-Pot on Jan. 23, 1940. Nachumsohn, who went by the surname Naxon, invented the slow cooker to cook cholent, a traditional stew eaten by Jews in eastern Europe on the Sabbath.
  • 6th National Shortbread Day (US)
    Shortbread is called short because of the traditional ratio of one part sugar to two parts butter that lends a high fat content to the dough. This yields a soft, buttery crumb that melts in your mouth, similar to short crust pastry.
  • 15th Brew Monday
    A campaign by the Samaritans replacing ‘Blue Monday’. Turning the day on its head and into something positive by encouraging people to get together over a warming cuppa.
  • 16th International Hot & Spicy Food Day
    A very special day for those who love hot and spicy foods. There are lots of hot flavored dishes available throughout the world and is a day for all of us who are crazy about eating too many spicy foods.
  • 19th National Popcorn Day (US)
    It's been said that popcorn was part of the first Thanksgiving feast, in Plymouth Colony in 1621. According to myth, Squanto himself taught the Pilgrims to raise and harvest corn, and pop the kernels for a delicious snack.
  • 23rd International Sticky Toffee Pudding Day
    Cartmel is the home of Sticky Toffee. The Cartmel Village shop started baking in the shop's back kitchen and selling it in the front 20 years ago.
  • 25th Burns Night
    Typically, Cullen Skink (smoked haddock chowder) or Cock-a-Leekie (chicken, leek and rice) soup is served to start the meal. This is followed by haggis, neeps and tatties or roast beef. The dessert is most likely to be Cranachan, a raspberry, oat, cream and whisky concoction, or Typsy Laird, a boozy Scottish trifle.
  • 30th National Croissant Day (US)
    Marie Antoinette first introduced the Austrian pastry to France when she married into the royal family and requested the simple cake in the crescent shape of her homeland.