National Bagelfest Day

We think that there are probably few people who could resist a quality bagel made right and topped with either butter, cream cheese, or some other topping. We know that we’re drooling just thinking about it. That’s why we think a lot of people are probably going to want to observe the holiday that celebrates this carbohydrate delight. A holiday that falls on July 26th and is known as National Bagelfest Day. If you’re a fan of this holiday, then grab your favorite bagels and celebrate them with the world on this day.

The History Of National Bagelfest Day

National Bagelfest Day is a holiday that was first started back in 1986. This is when the owner of Lender’s Bagels, Murray Lender, decided to found a festival dedicated to the bagel. This festival was first held in Mattoon, Illinois, but the holiday is currently observed all over the U.S.

Fast Facts About Bagels

Want some interesting facts to read while you’re enjoying your hot bagel? If you do, then you’ve come to the right place. The following facts are pretty tasty and should satisfy everyone’s desire for some tasty bagel information.

A Bagel’s Union Was Formed At The Turn Of The 20th Century

For some immigrants living in New York, bagels were a way they could earn a living. Bagels were in high demand at the time. Unfortunately, this popularity also meant that competitors wanted to take over the business, so a bagel union was formed. It was called the International Beigel Bakers’ Union. The Beigel Bakers Local 338 was one such chapter of this organization and it was composed of 300 different bagel makers in Manhattan at the time. This group conducted almost all of their meetings in Yiddish and only sons of current members could be given spots in this union. This union lasted until the 1960s when automated methods of making bagels were devised.

Original Bagel Making Techniques Required Four People

Bagel making used to be a job that took four people to get done. Two men rolled out and shaped the dough, and then another man boiled the bagels. The last man would then put the bagels in the oven and make sure that they were properly baked.

Observing National Bagelfest Day

If you want to observe National Bagelfest Day, then you can do so in a variety of different ways. The simplest way to observe this holiday is for you to grab your favorite bagels and enjoy them. Another way is to attend the National Bagelfest Day festival in Mattoon, Illinois. This festival takes place over the course of 5 days and is a lot of fun that features parades, live music, and contests such as the Bagel Baby Contest or Miss BagelFest Contest. Regardless of which way you observe this holiday, however, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalBagelFestDay on social media to let everyone else in on the fun.

When is it?
This year (2024)
July 26 Friday
Next year (2025)
July 26 Saturday
Last year (2023)
July 26 Wednesday
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