Every year National Roast Pheasant Day is celebrated on October 15 in the UK. On this day, lovers of roasted pheasant can taste its meat in one of the many dishes. Also during this national day, they teach how to properly cook pheasant at home.
The pheasant is a wild bird whose original habitat was Asia. The bird was brought to Europe and the West along with traditional Asian cooking recipes. Since 1059, King Harold of Britain offered pheasant meat as a special privilege instead of partridge meat to the canons of Waltham Abbey. The monks received 16 pheasants from the monarch. Later, this type of wild bird became popular during hunting. Its habitat expanded to the United States, where it was brought by the governors of New York and New Jersey in 1773.
Pheasants of Great Britain are one of the most common birds, despite the fact that their population was revived anew.
- in 1789, George Washington brings a hazel pheasant to Mount Vernon territory;
- since the 19th century, the number of individuals of this wild bird has been increasing in Great Britain due to the fact that huntsmen have been breeding them;
- The pheasant hunting season in the United Kingdom begins in October and ends at the beginning of February.
How to celebrate
You can visit a pheasant farm where these birds are grown on an industrial scale. National Day cannot be complete without fried pheasant meat, this dish can be made the main dish at a family or friendly dinner. You can take up cooking fried pheasant yourself, enlisting one of the many recipes on the Internet, or order this dish at a nearby restaurant.
When is National Roast Pheasant Day celebrated in 2022?
National Roast Pheasant Day is observed on October 15 each year.