NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY
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Hot Dog Days are informal events that are celebrated in communities throughout the hotdog-eating world, including the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. Their origin is obscure. As the name suggests, the festivals revolve around eating hot dogs, but usually there are many other activities such as wiener dog races, root beer chugging contests, and face painting. Often the proceeds from a hot dog day are given to charity. Industry groups, such as National Hot Dog and Sausage Council in the USA, encourage, sponsor, and support the events. The Council designates July as National Hot Dog Month; National Hot Dog Day varies year to year – in 2018 it falls on Wednesday, July 18 – based on when the North American Meat Institute hosts its annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill. The council also gives advice on hot-dog eating etiquette, which aren’t considered strict, as most Hot Dog Day style events do not adhere to them.
FAST HOT DOG FACTS:
- In 2015, nearly 1 billion pounds of hot dogs were sold at retail stores. That equates to more than $2.5 billion spent on hot dogs in America. Beefy!
- It’s estimated that baseball fans will consume more than 19.4 million hot dogs and more than 4.3 million sausages during the 2016 Major League baseball season. Speaking of ballpark franks, check out this list of insane hot dogs you can buy at baseball stadiums.
- Los Angeles Dodgers fans are projected to eat the most hot dogs in 2016, with more than 2.6 million franks consumed—that’s enough to round the bases at Dodger Stadium 3,693 times. The New York Yankees take second place, with fans eating an estimated 1.55 million hot dogs.
- Given the above stat, it should come as little surprise that the top hot dog–consuming cities all play host to a baseball stadium: In order, we have Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Tampa.
- The Chicago O’Hare International Airport sees 725,000 hot dogs consumed a year. That’s six times more than Los Angeles International Airport and LaGuardia Airport combined.
- A survey from 2014 reveals that mustard (71 percent) is the preferred hot dog topping followed by ketchup (52 percent), onions (47 percent), chili (45 percent) and relish (41 percent).
- You can cook a dog many ways, but 63 percent of Americans prefer their franks grilled.