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Kebab Day

July 12

When is Kebab Day?

Kebab Day happens on Friday July 12, 2024.

Skewered Sensations: Spiraling into Kebab Day Celebrations

Sharpen those skewers and fire up the grill because Kebab Day is sizzling onto the scene this second Friday of July! It’s the day when cultures collide over a shared love for one of the world’s oldest and most beloved culinary traditions—kebabs. From the bustling streets of Istanbul to the vibrant markets of Delhi, and backyard barbecues across the globe, kebabs have a special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of many. Let’s embark on a flavorful journey to celebrate Kebab Day, exploring the endless varieties and the joy of grilling.

The Universal Language of Kebabs

Originating from the Middle Eastern culinary tradition, the word “kebab” broadly refers to a variety of meat dishes that are usually cooked over an open flame. The beauty of kebabs lies in their diversity; every culture has its spin, from the spiced complexity of Turkish shish kebabs to the succulent simplicity of Greek souvlaki and the rich flavors of Indian seekh kebabs.

Marinate, Skewer, Grill: Celebrating Kebab Day

  1. Host a Global Kebab Grill-Out: Celebrate Kebab Day by hosting a barbecue featuring different types of kebabs from around the world. Encourage guests to bring a kebab dish from a culture they love or want to explore. It’s a delicious way to travel the world without leaving your backyard.
  2. Kebab Cook-Off Challenge: Gather your foodie friends for a kebab cook-off. Challenge each other to create the most unique or authentic kebab. This can be a fun way to discover new flavors and cooking techniques.
  3. Explore Local Kebaberies: Take a culinary tour of your city’s best kebab restaurants or food trucks. Many places will have Kebab Day specials, making it the perfect time to indulge in professionally crafted skewered delights.
  4. DIY Kebab Skewers: Experiment with making your own kebabs at home. Mix and match ingredients, play with different meats, vegetables, and marinades. Don’t forget vegetarian options like paneer and mushroom kebabs!
  5. Share the Kebab Love: Kebabs are about sharing and community. Make extra kebabs and share them with neighbors, friends, or consider donating to those in need. Food has a wonderful way of bringing people together.

Fun Kebab Facts to Chew On

  • Did You Know? The term “shish kebab” comes from the Turkish words “şiş” (skewer) and “kebap” (roasted meat).
  • A Dish for Kings: Kebabs were initially invented as a quick and easy way to cook meat over an open fire during the medieval soldier campaigns.
  • Versatility is Key: Almost every country has its version of a kebab, utilizing local ingredients and spices, making kebabs a truly global phenomenon.

A Day to Skewer the Ordinary

Kebab Day is not just a celebration of skewered meats; it’s an ode to the power of simple cooking to create extraordinary flavors. It’s a reminder that some of the best culinary creations come from the most basic techniques: marinate, skewer, and grill.

So here’s to Kebab Day – may your grills be hot, your skewers plentiful, and your tables surrounded by good company.

When does Kebab Day happen next year?

Kebab Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Friday July 11, 2025
  • Friday July 10, 2026
  • Friday July 9, 2027
  • Friday July 14, 2028
  • Friday July 13, 2029


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