National Bologna Day / October 24, 2021 – How to Celebrate National Bologna Day?

National Bologna Day is coming up on October 24, 2021. This day commemorates bologna’s invention in 1837 by German butcher Johann Gottlieb Radloff. It’s traditionally celebrated with a sandwich of bologna and cheese, but you can also celebrate this holiday in other ways like eating it as an appetizer or cooking recipes that feature bologna (like spaghetti and meatballs). Here are some ideas for celebrating National Bologna Day:

1) Make your sandwich using freshly baked bread, sliced tomato, onions, mayo, and shredded cheddar cheese 

2) Bake a dish that features bologna – try making the recipe below! 3) Eat it as an appetizer instead of the main dish

About National Bologna Day

In 1837, German butcher Johann Gottlieb Radlof invented bologna as a way to transform the less desirable cuts of meat into something that everyone could enjoy. Today, National Bologna Day is celebrated on October 23 every year around the world! In honor of this holiday, we’ve compiled a list of fun facts about bologna to help you celebrate.

Be sure to plan out your National Bologna Day celebration with these ideas! 

National Bologna Day-Date is October 24

Bologna is named after the Italian city of Bologne, but down there they call it Mortadella. This savory treat consists of meat mixed with fat and spices like black pepper to make what Americans know as “Bologna.” The two are similar yet distinct all over Europe-in France you will find confit de boeuf (cooked beef) which incorporates thyme oil or garlic into its curing process whereas Germany has Leberkäse a type of cheese made from 0reCraft Cow’s milk.

I assume this implies that despite sounding alike on paper, different cultures use their twist when preparing these dishes depending on where in the Central & Eastern European region one lives?

History Of National Bologna Day

Bologna is a long-lasting and culturally important meat product, but it has been difficult for people outside of Italy to enjoy this delicious staple. The first National Bolognaday was created in 1998 as an annual event on November 9th that celebrates all things bolognese!

First off: mortadella (the cousin you find just about anywhere from Europe) had such protection back then; Pope Gregory XV decided to distinguish between them by creating some clear definitions which we know today through Mortadelle Packing Rules Act – meaning if your mortadella doesn’t meet these guidelines than what do they call themselves? “Mortadella” which implies: if not then it is ‘just bologna.

These guidelines were put into place to protect the integrity of mortadellas and prevent them from being confused with other less-expensive meat products, like hot dogs or baloney (that we all know as the modern-day “bologna”) 

How To Celebrate National Bologna Day?

What better way to celebrate National Bologna Day than by eating bologna! Some fun facts about this delectable meat product are that it can last for two years in your freezer and one month in the fridge without going bad. This makes it a great staple food item to have around all year long.

There is no expiration date on real bologna, but the spices used to cure it do lose their potency eventually which is why you can find preservative-laden types at your local grocery store.

The important thing about this holiday isn’t just eating bologna for one day; rather, make sure that every time you eat it (whether October 23rd or not) you are enjoying this delicious meat product in its purest form.

National Bologna Day Syndrome

To celebrate National Bologna Day, simply eat bologna and live your life to the fullest!

This holiday is a great way to get in touch with our food roots. Before we were able to preserve meat through curing or bringing it was necessary for people living off the land during harsh winters months where they would need their pickled and preserved meats to last them until the next harvest.

Bologna is a cultural staple and we should celebrate it every opportunity we get! So when you eat bologna this National Bologna Day, make sure that you savor each bite in its purest form (i.e don’t add anything like mayo or mustard).


So when you have bologna this October 23rd, take a moment to relish in the goodness of your food.

Bolognese sauce is believed to be one of Italy’s oldest dishes-as early as the 11th century! The word “bolognese” was not used until after WWII and only applies to sauces made of meat.

Sausages and meats like beef, pork, lamb, or chicken all have their version of the classic Bolognese sauce which is usually served with tagliatelle pasta (long flat ribbons). One such more modern variation includes ground turkey instead of red meats & veal-it’s a healthier option but just as tasty.

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