February 13, 2021 – Galentine’s Day | National Cheddar Day

Did You Know That Cheddar Cheese Is Named For A Village In England?

Welcome to February 13th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate our gal pals and a better Cheddar.

If you’d like to get a jumpstart on celebrating love this month, why not plan an outing today with the ones you love through thick and thin: your gal pals. Amy Poehler’s character on the show Parks and Recreation kicked off this tradition in 2010, but the seeds of girl power were planted long ago.  For those who think Valentine’s Day is overrated or doomed to fail under the crush of impossible expectations, make this day all about fun. Gather up your besties anyway you can and celebrate the ones who make you laugh out loud. Guys can have their bromance, but Galentine’s Day is all about the girls. 

If you think Americans are crazy for cheddar cheese, imagine how smitten the Brits are over their very own village of Cheddar in Somerset, England.  Sometimes we forget that foods like cheese can be named for the place they are created. In the case of Stilton no one likely cares, but cheddar cheese accounts for more than half of the multi billion dollar cheese market in the UK.  Here in the States, cheddar is just behind mozzarella in popularity.  So how did this “cheddar love” migrate across the pond?  Enter Peter McIntosh, who brought his talent for cheese making to Tillamook County, Oregon in 1894.   His superior skills earned him the title of the Cheese King of the Coast, and today there are more cows than people in Tillamook County.  On National Cheddar Day savor the flavor that’s treasured on both sides of the pond.

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.


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