National Cheese Curd Day

People who enjoy the spry chunks of cheddar known as cheese curds can thank everything good that there’s a holiday that celebrates this particular food, and this day is called National Cheese Curd Day. It’s a day that’s celebrated annually on October 15th and gives everyone an excuse to enjoy these delicious pieces of fried white or yellow Wisconsin cheddar. And after trying a cheese curd, we suspect that most people are going to want to celebrate this holiday every year.

The History Of National Cheese Curd Day

National Cheese Curd Day was invented in 2015 by Culver’s—a Midwest restaurant that’s known for selling Wisconsin cheese curds, butterburgers, and frozen custard. They created this holiday to draw attention to their menu, but since then it has taken on a life of its own, and people all over the U.S. are beginning to celebrate it.

Fun Facts About Cheese Curds

Below are some fun facts that fans of cheese curds are going to appreciate. The following facts illustrate the popularity of this food, as well as why it’s so popular.

  • Cheese curds are made from cheddar that hasn’t been aged yet.
  • Wisconsin is famous for its cheese curds.
  • Cheese curds originally became popular in dairy communities.
  • Cheese curds are mild and slightly salty.
  • Cheese curds are used to make poutine.
  • Cheese curds are deep-fried in Wisconsin.
  • Culver’s serves over 17 million orders of cheese curds per year.
  • Ten pounds of milk are required to make just one pound of curds.
  • Quality fresh cheese curds squeak when they’re eaten.
  • Cheese curds lose their squeak within four days.

There’s A Cheese Curd Festival—But Not On This Holiday

Although there might be a community somewhere that celebrates National Cheese Curd Day with a festival, the only festival that we’re aware of is the one that takes place in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. This festival features a variety of foods including craft beer and wine, hard ciders, ice cream made from real dairy, and of course, cheese curds. It also has an eclectic mix of music thanks to several different regional acts and tribute bands. And they top it off with a Cheese Curd Eating contest that keeps spectators engaged. Unfortunately, this festival falls during June in Ellsworth and not on this holiday.

How To Celebrate National Cheese Curd Day

The best way to celebrate this holiday is to enjoy some nice cheese curds—either plain or breaded and deep-fried. In dairy communities, it should be easy for most people to find this delicious snack food. For people not living in dairy communities, they might need to find a restaurant that serves cheese curds. There are places all over the country that serve cheese curds for people to enjoy.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 15 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
October 15 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
October 15 Sunday
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