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Friends, fresh air, and good food are the focus of National Eat Outside Day every year on August 31. Whether at home, a park, a favorite restaurant or food truck, or the beach, food just tastes better when we eat it under the open sky.

Many foods lend themselves to eating outdoors but sometimes it’s as simple as taking your prepared plate out to the balcony, porch, or patio. Also known as al fresco dining, many restaurants offer patio seating so their patrons can enjoy their meals while taking in the city, beach, countryside or just people watch. Even more temperate climates offer seasonal outdoor dining.

Eat Outside Day encourages you to taste the sunshine (or the moonlight) while eating your meal. It’s like a mini stay-cation where you get to recharge while enjoying a delicious feast outdoors.

HOW TO OBSERVE National Eat Outside Day

National Eat Outside Day offers limitless possibilities to celebrate! Try these ideas:

  • Host an outdoor brunch or just take your bacon and eggs outside to enjoy.
  • Take your sack lunch outside to eat during your break.
  • Pack a picnic basket and head to the park.
  • Visit your favorite restaurant and sit on the patio this time.
  • Invite friends over for a BBQ.
  • Take a dinner river cruise.
  • Pack some sandwiches and trail mix and go for a hike.
  • Stay up late, pop some popcorn, make cheese and crackers or grab the leftovers. Spread a blanket under the stars and look for constellations while snacking.
  • Organize an outdoor potluck.
  • Host your book club outdoors with all your favorite foods and beverages.
  • Go camping. You’re nearly guaranteed to eat outdoors when you’re in the Great Outdoors.
  • Take a cue from your garden. Wash off those ripening vegetables and fruits with a spritz from the hose and savor your bounty.

Use #NationalEatOutdoorsDay to share your celebration on social media.

National Eat Outside Day History

National Eat Outdoors Day has been observed since at least 2006.

Eat Outside FAQ

Q. What does “al fresco” mean?
A. It means “in the air” and typically is used to reference outdoor dining.

Q. Is outdoor dining a new fad?
A. Not really. Humans have been eating outdoors for centuries. Sometimes out of necessity (caves, huts, teepees, covered wagons don’t always have a lot of space for indoor eating).

Q. What are some of the best foods to eat outdoors?
A. Just about anything can be eaten outdoors depending on the setting. However, some foods are better than others when it comes to portability and convenience. Sandwiches, finger foods, fresh fruits and vegetables all fit the picnic profile. When we’re cooking at home, nearly anything can be on the menu – including soup.

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