National Cheddar Day

February 13

When is National Cheddar Day?

National Cheddar Day happens on Tuesday February 13, 2024.

National Cheddar Day: Celebrating a Cheese Lover’s Delight on February 13th

February 13th marks National Cheddar Day, a day to celebrate one of the most popular and versatile cheeses in the world – Cheddar. Originating from the English village of Cheddar in Somerset, this beloved cheese has found its way into the hearts and kitchens of people globally. National Cheddar Day is an opportunity for cheese enthusiasts to explore the rich history, diverse varieties, and culinary possibilities of cheddar cheese.

The Rich History of Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar’s history dates back to the 12th century, making it one of the oldest known cheeses. It was initially made in the English village of Cheddar and aged in the nearby caves, which provided the perfect humidity and temperature for maturation. Over the centuries, cheddar cheese has become a staple in British cuisine and has gained immense popularity worldwide.

The Many Faces of Cheddar

Cheddar comes in a variety of styles, from mild to extra sharp, and ages gracefully, developing complexity and depth over time:

  1. Mild Cheddar: Typically aged for a short period, mild cheddar is smooth, creamy, and perfect for those who prefer a softer, subtler flavor.
  2. Sharp Cheddar: Aged longer, sharp cheddar boasts a more pronounced and tangier flavor, ideal for those who enjoy a bit of a bite in their cheese.
  3. Extra Sharp and Aged Cheddar: These varieties, aged for years, have a bold, intense flavor and a crumbly texture, savored by true cheese connoisseurs.

Celebrating National Cheddar Day

  • Cheddar Tasting Party: Host a cheddar cheese tasting party, featuring a range of cheddar varieties. Pair them with wines, fruits, and crackers for a delightful experience.
  • Cooking with Cheddar: Incorporate cheddar into your meals. Whether it’s a classic grilled cheese sandwich, a rich and creamy macaroni and cheese, or a sophisticated cheese soufflé, cheddar can elevate any dish.
  • Visit Local Cheese Shops: Support local businesses by purchasing cheddar from artisanal cheese shops or dairies. Often, these places offer unique and high-quality cheddar varieties.
  • Learn About Cheddar: Take time to learn about the history of cheddar cheese, its production process, and the art of cheese aging.

The Global Appeal of Cheddar

While cheddar cheese has its roots in England, its popularity has led to production worldwide. Each region brings its unique touch to cheddar, making it a truly global cheese.

National Cheddar Day is a celebration of a cheese that has stood the test of time and continues to be a favorite for many. Whether enjoyed on its own or as part of a dish, cheddar cheese offers a world of flavors waiting to be explored. So, on February 13th, let’s raise a slice to cheddar cheese, a true culinary treasure.

When does National Cheddar Day happen next year?

National Cheddar Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Thursday February 13, 2025
  • Friday February 13, 2026
  • Saturday February 13, 2027
  • Sunday February 13, 2028
  • Tuesday February 13, 2029


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