13 New Year’s Eve Food Traditions from Around the World

Many holidays and special events have food traditions tied to the event’s history, culture, and location, as well as developed collective interests over time.

Asian dumplings Gyoza potstickers on old wooden board

New Year’s Eve is no different, with various food traditions emerging across the U.S. and the world. From Southern comfort foods to seasonal eats, there are several dinners, snacks, and desserts people love to eat for both the good taste and good luck!

I’ll discuss the traditions around food, share why I love them, and help you decide whether you want to include them in your celebrations.

Here are some popular New Year’s Eve food traditions enjoyed by many on December 31st.

Final Thoughts

Try these New Year’s foods for good luck as you ring in a new year. Don’t forget a bottle of NYE champagne to complete your celebration!

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.