National Sardines Day

24th November National Sardines Day

The National Sardines Day is celebrated every 24th of November each year. This day gives recognition to sardines – everyone’s favorite fish. Sardines are popular fish foods. They are consumed on a regular basis by millions, if not billions, of people all over the world. Though the term sardine may seem to point to only one type of fish, there are actually different varieties of sardines. But one thing common with them is that they all belong to the family of Clupeidae.  If you are a fan of sardines or if you just love eating them, then you must not miss the celebration of the National Sardines Day.

About the National Sardines DayNational Sardines day

Though sardines can be bought as is and be made into several kinds of dishes, they are most commonly sold as canned. These sardines are washed, head removed, and then cooked through steam or deep frying. The sardines are then dried and then packed with soybean, olives, sunflower oil, or water. Sometimes, chili sauce, mustard, or tomatoes are added to enhance the flavor. Sardines freshly caught are either smoked, grilled, or pickled.

During the National Sardines Day, people conduct various activities that let them achieve the objectives or purposes of the celebration. For one, people try to make their own dishes with either fresh or canned sardines. Other people prefer to eat sardine dishes from restaurants or food chains. People also shout out on social media how they are participating in the celebration of the event.


During the beginning of the 15th century, the term sardine was first used. It came from Sardinia, a Mediterranean Island, which was very rich in sardines. The canned sardine industry reached its peak in the USA during the 1950s. The last sardine cannery in the USA is the Stinson Seafood Plant located in Prospect Harbor in Maine. Unfortunately, it closed its doors on April 15, 2010 after 135 years of operation.

With limited knowledge about the origins of sardines, even less is known about the history of the National Sardines Day. We don’t know when, where, and how it began. We also don’t have a clue as to who founded it. But still, we can make a good guess as to why such event was established in the first place. Perhaps a person or a group of people thought that sardines are much loved by the people. They must have then thought that it deserves a spot in the list of food holidays celebrated every year.


As mentioned earlier, the National Sardines Day is celebrated every 24th of November each year. This means that the dates of celebration for this event are as follows:National Sardines day

  • Tuesday, November 24,
  • Wednesday, November 24,
  • Thursday, November 24, 2022
  • Friday, November 24, 2023
  • Sunday, November 24, 2024
  • Monday, November 24, 2025

Health Benefits of Eating Sardines

One popular thing about sardines is how healthy they are because of their vitamins and nutrients content. They are very nutritious. They are rich in vitamins B2, B3, and B12. They also have vitamin D, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, iron, and selenium. They are also known for their omega-3 fatty acid content. These fatty acids are essential to our bodies. However, our bodies cannot produce them naturally.

Celebration Ideas and Activities

The following are the best things to do to make your celebration of the National Sardines Day as best as it can be:

Eat Some Sardines

One great idea for your celebration of this day is to indulge yourself into eating delicious sardines for any meal of your day – can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or perhaps you can make any sardine dish for snack.

Make Some Sardine Dishes

Perhaps you can make your celebration of this day much more creative by making your own sardine dish. You can search online or scan your cookbook for a good recipe that will teach you how to make the best sardine dish that you can. Some of the dishes that you can make include the following:

  • Make sardines pasta with spicy marinara sauce
  • Make some grilled sardines with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and tarragon
  • Make some sardine salad dressed with Caesar and then add some extra croutons

Celebrate on Social Media

You can also take your celebration of this day on social media. You can, for instance, use the hashtag #NationalSardinesDay to let your friends and followers know that you are also participating in the celebration of this day. Let them know that such a celebration takes place every year and also how happy you are enjoying your day.National Sardines day


  • Bullfighting can be an art Boxing can be an art Loving can be an art Opening a can of sardines can be an art – Charles Bukowski
  • Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we’re all of us looking for the key. – Alan Bennett
  • It’s hard to ravish a tin of sardines. – D. H. Lawrence
  • Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key. – Alan Bennett
  • When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. – Eric Cantona
  • I spotted a can in the corner whose red label read SADNESS. Was there so much of it they could can it and sell it? A bolt of pain went through my intestines before I realized that it was not SADNESS but SARDINES. – Aleksandar Hemon
  • Hard to call it a party without sardines. – Brandon Mull
  • So when I cease to be I want to go back…to the sea! Oh for the life of a sardine! That is the life for me! – Charlie Chaplin
  • Remember that a very good sardine is always preferable to a not that good lobster. – Ferran Adria
  • The sardines had their heads on and they were like watching you. – Sarah