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International Sandwich Day


Sandwich Day is observed annually on November 3. The sandwich is believed to be the namesake of John Montagu.  He was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he was the inventor of the sandwich.  bundaberg sandwich

This day honours one of Australia’s most popular lunch items.

Bundaberg Sandwich

Bundaberg Sandwich

The Earl of Sandwich was a Gambling Man:

While the modern sandwich is believed to be named after John Montagu, the exact circumstances of its invention and original use are the subject of debate.  There is a rumour in a contemporary travel book titled Tour to London, by Pierre Jean Grosley.  The rumour formed the popular myth that bread and meat sustained Lord Sandwich at the gambling table.  It is said that Lord Sandwich was a very conversant gambler and did not take the time to have a meal during his long hours playing at the card table.  He also didn’t like holding his cards with greasy meat fingers.  When hungry, he would ask his servants to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread.  This practice was a habit which was well known to his gambling friends.  They soon began to order “the same as Sandwich,” and from this, the sandwich was born.

N.A.M. Rodger, who wrote Sandwich’s biography, suggests that because of Sandwich’s commitment to the navy, politics and the arts the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his work desk.

Before being known as sandwiches, the food seems just to have been known as bread and meat or bread and cheese.

Some of the most common sandwiches include BLT – Cheese Sandwich – Club Sandwich – Hamburger – Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich (USA) – Reuben – Sloppy Joe – Submarine (Subway)


Every International Sandwich Day, Alowishus will match each Pay it Forward Voucher purchased by our customers with one of our own.

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