27 August – Banana Lovers’ Day

Banana Lovers' Day - Elizabeth Place
    It's Banana Lovers' Day! Today we celebrate one of the most popular fruits in the world. Did you know that the average person eats about 33 pounds of bananas a year? That's approximately 100 individual bananas per person! Bananas are high in fibre and potassium. These properties can help prevent calcium loss, ulcers, high blood pressure, and certain kinds of cancer. Although bananas are often pictured as growing on trees, the banana “tree” is actually a herb. The banana is the fruit of this herb. To celebr...

26 August – Dog Day

Dog Day - Elizabeth Place
    Today is Dog Day! Dogs have been “man’s best friend” for over 15000 years. We rely on our wonderful canine companions to keep us safe, bring us comfort, and love us unconditionally. Dog Day is our opportunity to show our deep appreciation for these remarkable animals and to find homes for all of the dogs in need of a loving family. To celebrate Dog Day, adopt a dog from your local shelter, organise a play date for all the dogs in your neighbourhood, or treat your dog to a new toy. (Source: punchbowl.com)...

25 August – Banana Split Day

Banana Split Day - Elizabeth Place
    Today is Banana Split Day! This decadent dessert has been around since the early 1900s and is the perfect treat to enjoy on a warm day. The split is a variation of the traditional ice cream sundae and is usually served in a special dish called a banana boat. It’s easy to make, but you’ll need quite a few ingredients! First, split a banana and place a slice on either side of your boat. Then add three scoops of ice cream in between — one of chocolate, one of vanilla, and one of strawberry. Generously top the ...

24 August – Waffle Day

Waffle Day - Elizabeth Place
    It’s Waffle Day! On this day in 1869, an American inventor named Cornelius Swartwout received the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. Waffles are a delightful breakfast food and can be paired with almost any topping. Butter and maple syrup, fruit and whipped cream, a big scoop of ice cream, or even a helping of fried chicken! The choice is yours! Did you know that the first waffles originated in Ancient Greece? It’s true! The Greeks would cook flat cakes called “obelios” between two metal pans held over ...

23 August – Sponge Cake Day

Sponge Cake Day - Elizabeth Place
    Today is Sponge Cake Day! Sponge cake is the perfect dessert to enjoy at the end of a day. It is light and fluffy and has just enough sweetness to cleanse the palette after a meal. Traditional sponge cake recipes call for three very basic ingredients: sugar, eggs, and flour. The key to the perfect sponge cake is in the technique. The batter must be beaten thoroughly in order to create volume. There are many varieties of this dessert including the Victoria Sponge Cake. This version is loaded with jam that is ...

22 August – Be An Angel Day

Be an Angel Day - Elizabeth Place
    It’s Be An Angel Day! This day was established by Jayne Howard Feldman in 1993. Its purpose is to encourage people to perform random acts of kindness and to help those in need. Use today to put others before yourself and to reach out to those who need some extra support. Even a small act of kindness can go a long way! Fill a random parking meter, mow your neighbour's lawn, or send an unexpected message to a loved one. All of these acts are great ways to be an angel for a day! Every act of generosity can make ...

21 August – Poets’ Day

Poets' Day - Elizabeth Place
    Poetry… We hear the term bandied about all the time, and there isn’t one of us who didn't write some of our own in our younger days. Whether that poetry was written by the dictate of our instructors in school, or driven by hormone-fueled teenage angst, there was a portfolio of our work available to embarrass or edify us. But the question has to be asked: what is poetry really? There seems to be so many varieties of it and, in a world containing hundreds of countries and thousands of cultures, it’s the one ...

20 August – World Mosquito Day

World Mosquito Day - Elizabeth Place
    August 20th recognises World Mosquito Day marking the occasion when Sir Ronald Ross discovered that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. During Ross’s work with the Indian Medical Service, he made his groundbreaking discovery. The malarial parasite was found in the gastrointestinal tract of a female mosquito. The discovery allowed scientist to better understand the role of mosquitoes in the disease. It also provided a starting point for prevention. In 1902, Ross became the first British person to ...

19 August – World Photo Day

World Photo Day - Elizabeth Place
    It's World Photo Day! In a photo, describe your world. That’s the object of World Photo Day which commemorates the date its patent was made as a gift to the world. The Dauerreotype and its photographic process developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837 originates in France. (Source: nationaldaycalendar.com)

18 August – Fajita Day

Fajita Day - Elizabeth Place
  It's Fajita Day! Today, we celebrate this popular Mexican-inspired dish – a sizzling staple at Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants around the world. While fajitas have a lot in common with the beloved taco, another popular Mexican cuisine item), fajitas are characterized by a grilled meat that is served alongside tortillas and various toppings. It is believed that the original fajitas recipe originated in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The delicious dish was originally made with skirt steak, however, shrimp, chicken, and veggie varieties are now ...