The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and potluck fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at potluck fun facts.

Potluck Fun Facts: A potluck is a gathering where each guest contributes a dish of food, often homemade, to be shared.

  • The word pot-luck appears in the 16th century English work of Thomas Nashe, and used to mean “food provided for an unexpected or uninvited guest, the luck of the pot.
  • January 20th is National Potluck Day.
  • There are various ways to organize a potluck. Some people assign guests dishes, or at least categories, such as salad, vegetable, bread or dessert. Others just trust luck.
  • Potlucks were vogue in the United States in the 1950s, and back then they often turned into occasions when people shared recipes as well as food.
  • Rule #1 of a potluck is bringing a dish is not polite, it’s a requirement.
  • Rule #2 of a potluck is that condiments do not count as a dish.
  • Potluck dinners are illegal in Arizona, and if you get caught hosting one you can get a fine or possibly even arrested. It’s a random oversight because of a legal technicality.

Potluck Fun Facts We Missed

Let us know if we may have missed any potluck fun facts in the comment section below. If we can verify the facts we will give you credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia fun facts about potluck.

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