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International Falafel Day

June 12

When is International Falafel Day?

International Falafel Day happens on Wednesday June 12, 2024.

International Falafel Day: Celebrating the Globe’s Favorite Chickpea Delight on June 12th

Mark your culinary calendars! June 12th is International Falafel Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the crispy, flavorful, and utterly irresistible falafel. This deep-fried chickpea marvel has won hearts around the globe, making its way from Middle Eastern street food stalls to fine dining menus worldwide. Whether tucked into a warm pita bread, served atop a vibrant salad, or enjoyed as a snack, falafel is a versatile dish that embodies the spirit of international cuisine. Let’s dive into the delicious world of falafel and discover how to make this day as fabulous as the falafel itself. 🎉🌱

A Bite into History:

Falafel’s origins are as rich and varied as its flavors, with several countries claiming it as their own. However, its roots can be traced back to the Middle East, where it has been a staple for centuries. Traditionally made from ground chickpeas or fava beans, mixed with herbs and spices, then shaped into balls or patties and deep-fried to golden perfection, falafel is a testament to the delicious possibilities of simple ingredients.

Celebrating International Falafel Day:

  1. Falafel Making at Home: Roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making homemade falafel. Experiment with different herbs, spices, and serving styles to create your perfect falafel experience.
  2. Falafel Crawl: Embark on a culinary adventure with friends and discover the best falafel your city has to offer. From food trucks to upscale restaurants, every falafel has a story to tell.
  3. Falafel Party: Host a falafel-themed party, encouraging guests to bring a variety of accompaniments like hummus, tabbouleh, and tahini sauce. Don’t forget the pita bread!
  4. Share the Love: Spread the joy of falafel on social media using #InternationalFalafelDay. Post photos, recipes, or even your thoughts on what makes falafel so special.

Tips for Perfect Falafel:

  • Soak Your Chickpeas: For the best texture, use dried chickpeas soaked overnight and then cooked, not canned.
  • Herbs Galore: Don’t shy away from herbs. Parsley, cilantro, and mint can add vibrant flavors to your falafel mix.
  • Chill Before Frying: Letting your falafel mixture rest in the fridge for an hour can help the balls hold together better when frying.
  • Hot and Ready: Ensure your oil is at the right temperature (around 350°F or 175°C) for that perfect crispy exterior.

Falafel Around the World:

  • In Israel, falafel is often served in a pita with salad, pickled vegetables, and tahini.
  • Egyptian falafel, or ta’ameya, is made from fava beans and is greener in appearance due to the herbs mixed into the batter.
  • In the United States and Europe, falafel has been embraced by the vegetarian and vegan communities as a delicious plant-based protein option.

Health Benefits of Falafel:

Packed with fiber, protein, and nutrients from chickpeas and herbs, falafel is not just tasty but also offers numerous health benefits. It’s a heart-healthy food that can keep you feeling full and satisfied.

International Falafel Day is an ode to the humble chickpea and its journey from a regional delicacy to a global phenomenon. It’s a day to explore new flavors, embrace the joy of cooking, and, most importantly, to come together over a love for food that transcends borders. So, let’s celebrate this International Falafel Day by indulging in some delicious falafel, in whichever form or flavor you prefer. Happy International Falafel Day to all! 🌍🥙

When does International Falafel Day happen next year?

International Falafel Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Thursday June 12, 2025
  • Friday June 12, 2026
  • Saturday June 12, 2027
  • Monday June 12, 2028
  • Tuesday June 12, 2029


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