This is British Sandwich Week in the UK. There are various sandwich types that people love to eat. We have varieties like Ice Cream Sandwich, Bacon Sandwich, Tuna Sandwich, Club Sandwich, Ham Sandwich, Egg Sandwich, Sausage Sandwich, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Reuben Sandwich, Fish Finger Sandwich among others.
What is a Sandwich?
Sandwich is a choice food in the UK. The British Sandwich Association defines a sandwich as any form of bread with a filling, generally assembled cold – to include traditional wedge sandwiches, as well as filled rolls, baguettes, pitta, bloomers, wraps, bagels and the like, but not burgers and other products assembled and consumed hot. Hot eating sandwiches are also included.
What is the British Sandwich Week?
British Sandwich Week is a week-long yearly event that celebrates the British Culinary Invention, the sandwich.
According to Britishsandwichweek.com, “The modern sandwich is named after Lord John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, but it’s probably true to say that the story might not be an accurate historical account. Lord Sandwich, a “dedicated” gambler, did not like to take time out from the game to have a meal. He would, therefore, ask casino waiters to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread; a habit well known among his gambling friends. Because John Montagu was the Earl of Sandwich others began to order “the same as Sandwich!” – aka the ‘sandwich.’
An alternative story is provided by Sandwich’s biographer, N. A. M. Rodger, who suggests Sandwich’s commitments to the navy, to politics and the arts mean the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his work desk [Source: Wikipedia]. You can believe what you like but whether he was dedicated to work or play, Sandwich was not a man to be prized away from whichever table to engage in the formalities of dining.”
Some Facts about Sandwich
- The UK sandwich industry employs more people than the UK agricultural industry.
- It is estimated over 300,000 people are now employed in the commercial sandwich sector.
- ‘Sandwich’ is also a town in Kent, although the name has no direct connection with a sandwich.
- Its origin comes from the Saxon meaning for ‘Sandy Place’ or ‘Place on the Sand’.
- Sandwich, Kent is likely to have been formed in Roman times although the first recorded mention is in 640AD.
- The town is also the birthplace of Viagra.