Free Food Calendar (July-December 2016)

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Americans love food! That is a foregone conclusion when one of the most popular events of the year is Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest at Coney Island every Fourth of July. Want to sample some of the country’s finest fares…for free? Join us as we digest this list of offerings from our free food calendar (July-December 2016).
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July 6th

National Fried Chicken Day sees free menu items from Church’s Chicken, KFC, and other nationwide chains, as well as local restaurants.
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July 17th

National Ice Cream Day. Free cone from Baskin-Robbins, Cold Stone Creamery, Burger King, McDonald’s, as well as local ice cream shops.
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July 23rd

National Hot Dog Month kicks off with the annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, but July 23 has been deemed National Hot Dog Day. Sonic, 7-Eleven, and QuikTrip have all offered free hot dogs.
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July 29th

It’s National Lasagna Day, and quick-service Italian-food chain Fazoli’s has celebrated the dish for the past four years. Customers received a free twice-baked lasagna with a drink purchase last year.
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August 6th

National Root Beer Float Day surfaces on Aug. 6, when A&W offers a free root beer float.
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August 24th

National Waffle Day falls on Aug. 24, when restaurants such as Bob Evans, Denny’s, and Waffle House typically offer buy-one-get-one-free meals, or a free waffle.
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September

In honor of National Chicken Month, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurants usually celebrate with a month-long chicken meal deal. Home cooks will find frugal recipes galore online and in local newspapers to honor this nutritious and cheap staple.
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September

Summer winds down with National Potato Month and National Rice Month. Stock up on these low-cost carbohydrates and seek out ways to use potatoes and rice as cooler weather sets the mood for comfort food.
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September

Bacon and Cheese top the taste buds in September. Some consumers enjoy these perennial favorites in combination, but bacon and cheese pizza each stand proudly on their own. Sept. 3 is the time to go hog wild for International Bacon Day. National Cheese Pizza Day on Sept. 5 has been marked in the past with free slices at nationwide pizza chain stores.
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September 16th

National Guacamole Day arrives on Sept. 16, when several brands will offer free coupons for the popular dip. Featured recipes online are also a certainty on this day.
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September 18th

National Cheeseburger Day hits two days later, on Sept. 18, which often has prompted Ruby Tuesday restaurants to give away free cheeseburgers.
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September 25th

National Lobster Day sees local restaurants in Maine, New York, Boston, and elsewhere often feature free samples.
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September 29th

National Coffee Day, and all the usual suspects, Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Peet’s Coffee Tea, Tim Hortons, The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Krispy Kreme, and Dunkin’ Donuts — usually offer a free cup o’ joe.
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October

October is National Cookie Month. Expect many free offerings throughout the month from the big cookie purveyors.
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October 4th

National Taco Day arrives on Oct. 4, and both Baja Fresh and Taco Time have offered free tacos in the past.
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November

November is stuffed with free food days. National Candy Day on Nov. 4, National Nachos Day on Nov. 6, National Cake Day on Nov. 26, and National Chocolates Day on Nov. 29, will present a cornucopia of opportunities to find gratis goodies!
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December

December is a very predictable month in terms of national food days. Think National Cookie Day (Dec. 4), when Quiznos has traditionally offered a free cookie to customers; National Eggnog Day (Dec. 24); National Candy Cane Day (Dec. 26); and National Champagne Day (Dec. 31). Expect free offerings on all of these edible pleasures and on sparkling wines throughout the month making this festive time of year all the sweeter.
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