Turkey Day Dates, Items, and Activities | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

ACNH - Turkey Day
This is a guide to Turkey Day, a Thanksgiving event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn when Turkey Day starts, as well as what you can do during the event, and the items and prizes you can get!

Turkey Day Event Guides
ACNH - Turkey Day EventEvent Guide ACNH - FranklinFranklin ACNH - Turkey Day DIY RecipesTurkey Day DIYs ACNH - Turkey Day Cooking GuideDishes & Ingredients
Turkey Day Dishes and Secret Ingredients
ACNH Turkey Day - Clam ChowderClam Chowder ANCH Turkey Day - Pumpkin PiePumpkin Pie ACNH Turkey Day - GratinGratin
ACNH Turkey Day - Fish MeuniereFish Meuniere

Turkey Day Dates and Times

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Event Date 4th Thursday of November
(November 26, 2020)
Event Times 9 AM to 12 AM

Franklin will be preparing at the town plaza at 5 AM. If you talk to him during this time, he will tell you to come back once he's done preparing.

What to Do During Turkey Day

Help Franklin Collect Ingredients

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On Turkey Day, you will be Franklin's assistant and help him complete his dishes. Franklin will cook 4 dishes: Clam Chowder, Pumpkin Pie, Gratin, and Fish Meuniere, each with their own specific ingredients. All the ingredients can be gathered in your island, or by fulfilling villagers' request in their homes.

Gather the Ingredients

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There are two ways to gather ingredients.

  1. Ingredients that the player can gather (fish, mushrooms, etc.)
  2. Ingredients can be traded with villagers.

Some villagers will also be cooking in their homes. They will ask you to find an ingredient for their dish. In return, they will trade you an ingredient that Franklin needs. These items can also be found on your island. We recommend that you don't sell what you pick up during your exploration on finding the ingredients. They might be traded for an ingredient that Franklin is looking for!

Ingredients needed by Villagers
Crucian Carp Icon Crucian Carp Horse Mackerel Icon Horse Mackerel Squid Icon Squid Seaweed Icon Seaweed
Dab Icon Dab Sea Bass Icon Sea Bass Turban Shell Icon Turban Shell -
Ingredients given by Villagers
Sea Bass Icon Sea Bass Red Snapper Icon Red Snapper Sea Urchin Icon Sea Urchin Scallop Icon Scallop
Barred Knifejaw Icon Barred Knifejaw White Pumpkin Icon White Pumpkin - -

Learn the Secret Ingredient!

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Not only will villagers trade your ingredients, they will also tell you the secret ingredient to one of Franklin's dishes! Keep note of this while you're gathering ingredients for Franklin.

You can give Franklin the secret ingredient after cooking the initial dish.

Buy Turkey Day Furniture

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Similar to October, Thanksgiving related furniture will be able at Nook's Cranny. They will only be available after Turkey Day, so those who missed out on Franklin's Rewards can still get it!

It's a good idea to collect them all, as they're only available for a limited time.

Turkey Day Cooking Recipes

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Clam Chowder Recipe

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Standard Ingredients Secret Ingredient

The first recipe of the feast is the Clam Chowder, and to make it you need 3 Manila Clams, which are found by digging at waterspouts on the beach. So far, we have confirmed one secret ingredient, the Scallop.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Standard Ingredients Secret Ingredient
and / orand / or

Next up is the Pumpkin Pie. It seems like you will be asked for the standard Orange Pumpkin and one other, random color. To perfect the dish, you will need to bring Franklin the two remaining colors.

Gratin Recipe

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Standard Ingredients Secret Ingredient
Nothern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere:

The third dish of the Turkey Day recipes, Gratin, seems to be a bit more tricky than the others, as it requires mushrooms of various types, like the Round Mushroom and the Skinny Mushroom, but those won't be available to Southern Hemisphere players. For secret ingredients, we have only had luck with the Dungeness Crab so far!

Fish Meuniere Recipe

ACNH - Fish Meuniere Icon.png
Standard Ingredients Secret Ingredient

For the last dish of the Turkey Day menu, it looks like Franklin will request different fish from you. We were asked for Sea Bass all times we cooked it, but for a Red Snapper or Dab to complete it. There might be other secret ingredients as well, but for now we have confirmed the Barred Knifejaw!

Turkey Day Ingredients

Here's a list of all the ingredients we have been able to confirm so far, let us know in the comments if you needed any other ingredients!

List of Ingredients for Turkey Day

Sea Creatures
Other Ingredients

Turkey Day Rewards

Turkey Day Items, Wall and Floor

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After finishing each dish, Franklin will give 4 items from the Turkey Day series, the Turkey Day Rug, Turkey Day Wall, Turkey Flooring, and the Cornucopia. We always got them in this order:

Turkey Day Items
ACNH - Turkey Day RugEnlarge
1. Turkey Day Rug
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2. Turkey Day Wall
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3. Turkey Day Flooring
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4. Cornucopia

Turkey Day DIY Recipes

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Upon finishing every dish and improving them with secret ingredients, Franklin will award you with DIY recipes of the entire Turkey Day series.

If you find it difficult to find the secret ingredients, the DIY recipe will be available at Nook's Cranny the following day for 19,800 Bells.

DIY Item Required Materials
Turkey Day Casserole IconTurkey Day Casserole
Iron Nugget IconIron Nugget (×5)
Clay IconClay (×1)
Turkey Day Chair IconTurkey Day Chair
Wood IconWood (×5)
Softwood IconSoftwood (×2)
Hardwood IconHardwood (×2)
Turkey Day Decorations IconTurkey Day Decorations
Softwood IconSoftwood (×2)
Clay IconClay (×2)
Turkey Day Garden Stand IconTurkey Day Garden Stand
Stone IconStone (×8)
Clay IconClay (×3)
Turkey Day Hearth IconTurkey Day Hearth
Stone IconStone (×30)
Clay IconClay (×10)
Campfire IconCampfire (×1)
Turkey Day Table IconTurkey Day Table
Softwood IconSoftwood (×5)
Hardwood IconHardwood (×10)
Turkey Day Table Setting IconTurkey Day Table Setting
Iron Nugget IconIron Nugget (×2)
Clay IconClay (×4)
Turkey Day Wheat Decor IconTurkey Day Wheat Decor
Clump of Weeds IconClump of Weeds (×10)

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Turkey Day Dishes and Secret Ingredients
ACNH Turkey Day - Clam ChowderClam Chowder ANCH Turkey Day - Pumpkin PiePumpkin Pie ACNH Turkey Day - GratinGratin
ACNH Turkey Day - Fish MeuniereFish Meuniere

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10 Anonymous5 months

I needed a carp in addition to all the others.

9 Anonymous5 months

Franklin asked for a Flat mushroom instead of the other two for the gratin.

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