Every year on August 31, Eat Outside Day is celebrated in different countries. It is an incredibly convenient holiday as it is possible to organize it anywhere – near your home, at a park, near a pond, in a forest clearing, or on the terrace of your favorite café or restaurant. This wonderful holiday combines three in one: enjoying nature, delicious food, and of course, great company!
Eat Outside Day is not an official holiday, and the originator of the idea remains unknown. However, it is clear that they preferred fresh air and nature to sitting in a stuffy room – and they knew that spending a little time outdoors can increase appetite! The last day of summer is also a great time to celebrate, as the weather is usually perfect.
People have been eating in outdoor conditions since ancient times. Think about how Greek hoplites, Roman legionaries and medieval soldiers ate – they cooked food on open fires wherever they were. Travelers, medieval students travelling from one European university to another, itinerant monks, and itinerant acting troupes did the same.
How to take part
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Eat Outside Day:
- The best “street” dish is definitely barbecue! You can cook it with any ingredients – pork, beef, fish, poultry, or a vegetarian option. Grilled vegetables are also amazing – try tomatoes, bell peppers, or mushrooms this way.
- Take a bunch of fresh herbs with you – dill, parsley, lettuce, and green onion arrows will make your dishes much more flavorful. Don’t forget drinks, salt, spices, and sauces, and of course, don’t forget to bring garbage bags – you don’t want to leave a cluttered corner of nature behind!
- You can also take part by eating at an outdoor terrace of a restaurant or café. Order your favorite dishes and enjoy the outdoors!
When is Eat Outside Day celebrated in 2023?
Eat Outside Day is observed on August 31 each year.