National Southern Food Day is celebrated all around the United States on January 22nd each year. Southern Cuisine is a historical regional cuisine form of states south of the Mason-Dixon Line and extends to Texas.
The influences of southern food come from African, English, Scottish, Irish, French and Native American cultures. Many items, like squash, tomatoes and corn (including grits), and the practice of barbequing, were influenced from the Native American Indian tribes such as the Seminoles, Caddo and Choctaw.
Some traditional dishes, such as fried chicken, came from the Scottish and many of the spices are of African influence. So today enjoy some fried chicken, barbeque, collards greens, black eye peas and all the other famous southern comfort food.