International Poke Day

September 28

When is International Poke Day?

International Poke Day happens on Saturday September 28, 2024.

Dive into Freshness: Celebrating International Poke Day on September 28th!

Seafood aficionados and fresh flavor seekers, circle September 28th on your calendars! As the world celebrates International Poke Day, we are invited to immerse ourselves in the vibrant and refreshing world of poke. Let’s embark on a journey through the waves of Hawaiian tradition, understanding the magic behind poke and drawing inspiration for delightful poke experiences.

The Magic of Poke:

Pronounced as “POH-keh”, poke is a native Hawaiian dish that translates to “slice” or “cut crosswise into pieces”. At its heart, poke is a raw fish salad, usually made from tuna, marinated in an array of seasonings, and often accompanied by fresh ingredients like green onions, seaweed, and sesame seeds.

A Glimpse into the World of Poke:

While the dish finds its roots in Hawaiian tradition, its essence lies in the islanders’ relationship with the sea. The freshest of fish, combined with locally available ingredients, created this simple yet flavorsome dish. Over time, the love for poke traveled far beyond Hawaii’s shores, leading to myriad adaptations and interpretations worldwide.

Varieties That Enchant:

  1. Classic Ahi Tuna Poke: Fresh tuna chunks, soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions come together in this timeless favorite.
  2. Salmon Lovers: Creamy salmon combined with spicy mayo and avocado makes for a richer take on poke.
  3. Tofu Vegan Poke: A delightful alternative using tofu cubes for those seeking plant-based options.
  4. Tropical Fusion: Introduce fruits like mango or pineapple for a sweet, tangy spin.
  5. Bowl It Up: Lay your chosen poke on a bed of rice, quinoa, or greens, complemented by edamame, pickled radish, and more.

How to Celebrate International Poke Day:

  1. Island Eateries: Pay a visit to your local Hawaiian or poke-centric eatery and relish a bowl of freshness.
  2. DIY Poke Party: Gather friends or family and host a poke bowl-making evening, offering a range of ingredients to mix and match.
  3. Culinary Experimentation: Venture beyond the traditional and try creating poke with different fish or seasoning combinations.
  4. Share the Love: Post your poke experiences on social media, using #InternationalPokeDay to join the global celebration.
  5. Learn and Educate: Dive deep into the Hawaiian culture and traditions related to poke to appreciate its rich heritage.

International Poke Day on September 28th serves as a vibrant celebration of a dish that seamlessly merges simplicity with profound flavors. Whether you’re a long-time poke enthusiast or someone looking to take their first flavorful plunge, this day beckons with the promise of fresh, oceanic delights. So, to all the poke lovers across the globe: Happy International Poke Day! Here’s to celebrating the fresh, the flavorful, and the truly Hawaiian!

When does International Poke Day happen next year?

International Poke Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Sunday September 28, 2025
  • Monday September 28, 2026
  • Tuesday September 28, 2027
  • Thursday September 28, 2028
  • Friday September 28, 2029


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