December 13, 2013

National Ice Cream and Violins Day

"It's never too early for ice cream, Jim. But we didn't have any ice cream, so this is mayonnaise and black olives." - Michael Scott, "The Office"

It's National Ice Cream and Violins Day!

As far as I can remember, this is the first food holiday I heard about. I was working in marketing for a gelato company at the time, and tried to get the owners to use the day as a promotional opportunity. "We could get some violinists in for the evening and have some sort of discount! Maybe even make a specially themed flavor for the day!"

They dismissed the idea: it was silly and food holidays would never catch on.

Guess they were wrong there.

It's not entirely clear why ice cream and violins are celebrated on the same day. More than likely, it's an accident. December 13th is National Violins Day. Some people also believe today is also National Ice Cream Day. Somewhere along the line, the two became one in some really bizarre food holiday mash-up's of sorts. It's also thought that perhaps the confusion stems from when the ice cream mold patent Italo Marchiony was granted (which was December 15th of 1903; though he applied for it on September 13th).

Whatever the case may be, you grab the ice cream. I've got the violins:

Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor:

Elgar's Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61:

Schumann's Violin Concerto in D minor:

Andrew Bird's "Hot Math:

Happy National Ice Cream and Violins Day!