National Roast Day

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Welcome to the roasty-toasty world of National Roast Day, where food is more than sustenance, it's an art! This national day marinate itself in the hearts of food lovers worldwide, sparking online chatter every time the oven dings. Let's dive into the delicious details, shall you join us?

When is Roast Day?

It's national roast day on the 29th May.

All About National Roast Day

Imagine the divine aroma of a cooking roast, the rich flavors that can only come from patient cooking. Welcome to National Roast Day. Also known as Meat Lover's Day, these 24 hours are all about enjoying and appreciating the culinary masterpiece that is a perfectly roasted cut of meat.

History and Famous Mentions

For as long as we can remember, roasts have held a special place in our hearts (and stomachs!). Despite its long history, National Roast Day gained significant online traction on May 29, 2020. Our algorithms picked up a staggering 5,912 mentions on that day, pointing to the unparalleled love people have for a flavorful roast.

Why We Love National Roast Day

Who doesn’t love sitting down to a sumptuous meal, seeing that golden brown roast being carved at the table? It's a celebration of traditions, flavors, and the joy of cooking. Not to mention, it’s a wonderful excuse to get that old family recipe out and gather your loved ones around the dinner table. It's more than just a day, it's a sensory experience.

Observing National Roast Day

Let the spirit of National Roast Day infuse your kitchen. Roast your favorite cut, experiment with spices, invite loved ones over a lavish meal. Post your roast masterpiece on social media and join in the online chatter. After all, roast love is too great to be contained!

History behind the term 'Roast'


The Birth of Roasting

Roasting is believed to have originated in England in 1382. At this time, roasting referred to the method of cooking meat over an open flame or in hot ashes. It was a common practice in households and was often associated with feasts and special occasions. The intense heat helped to seal in the flavors and juices of the meat, resulting in a delicious and aromatic dish.


The Introduction of Rotisseries

In 1672, rotisseries made their debut in France. This marked a significant development in the history of roasting. A rotisserie is a device used for roasting meat over a fire or in an oven. It uses a skewer or spit to rotate the meat, ensuring that it cooks evenly on all sides. The introduction of rotisseries not only made the process of roasting more efficient but also improved the tenderness and flavor of the meat.


The Industrial Revolution and Roasting

The Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century brought significant advancements in cooking technology. With the invention of the cast-iron range and later the coal and gas stoves, roasting became more accessible to the masses. These new cooking appliances provided a controlled and consistent source of heat. As a result, roasting became a popular cooking method in households across various social classes.


The Rise of Home Electric Roasters

During the 1940s, home electric roasters gained popularity. These compact appliances allowed individuals to roast meat conveniently in their own kitchens without the need for an open fire. Electric roasters were safer, more energy-efficient, and easier to clean compared to traditional methods of roasting. With the rise of electric roasters, roasting became an even more commonplace cooking technique in homes around the world.


Roasting as a Culinary Art

Today, roasting has evolved into a culinary art form. From succulent roasted chicken to mouthwatering prime rib, the technique is employed by professional chefs and home cooks alike. Modern cooking techniques, such as sous vide and reverse searing, have further refined the art of roasting, allowing for precise cooking temperatures and enhanced flavors. Roasting continues to be a cherished method of cooking, associated with warmth, comfort, and the gathering of loved ones around the dinner table.

Did you know?

Did you know that the record for the largest roast dinner ever made involves a meal cooked for over 1,500 people in the UK? That’s a lot of roast!


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First identified

28th April 2015

Most mentioned on

29th May 2020

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