National Waffle Day, celebrated annually on August 24th, pays homage to the delightful and versatile culinary creation known as the waffle. Learn about this unique treat’s history and where to celebrate in Yonkers!
Both ancient and ageless
Waffles have a rich history dating back to ancient Greece. The Greeks cooked flat cakes between two metal plates, a precursor to today’s waffle irons. In the Middle Ages, waffles became popular in Europe, often eaten during religious festivals. By the 17th century, waffle irons with intricate designs emerged. Dutch immigrants brought waffles to America, where they gained popularity in the 18th century. Thomas Jefferson even owned waffle irons. The 20th century saw the rise of frozen waffles and the Belgian waffle, showcased at the 1964 World’s Fair. Today, waffles are beloved worldwide, enjoyed with various toppings for breakfast or dessert.
A day just for waffles
We celebrate on August 24th every year because of Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York. On this day in 1869, Swarthout was issued a patent for the waffle iron-making waffles more accessible to the world.
The celebration of National Waffle Day encourages people to explore the myriad of waffle variations, from the classic Belgian waffles to innovative interpretations that fuse various flavors and textures.
Restaurants, cafes, and home kitchens alike can all partake in the festivities. Be a part of the holiday by concocting special waffles, hosting waffle-making competitions, and offering discounts on this delightful treat. This day offers a golden opportunity for waffle aficionados and food enthusiasts to indulge in their favorite crispy, grid-patterned treats.
National Waffle Day evokes a sense of nostalgia and serves as a reminder of the simple joys that food can bring. While conjuring memories of family breakfasts and lazy weekend mornings, it also honors the culinary heritage that has transformed a humble batter into a beloved culinary icon.
Whether smothered in syrup, adorned with fruits and whipped cream, or served as a savory delight with fried chicken, waffles hold a special place in breakfast and brunch menus around the world.
Waffles in Yonkers
Waffles are a staple at most diners. And Yonkers has a lot of great diners! Below are a few choice spots to celebrate National Waffle Day this year!
833 Yonkers Ave
348 Tuckahoe Rd
900 Saw Mill River Rd