Attention fans of lavish sandwiches. The USA celebrates May 5th and September 14th as their national day of the filled baguette (National Hoagie Day) and National Eat a Hoagie Day (often only briefly: Eat a Hoagie Day – Ger. sandwich day). The following lines of the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world illuminate what this Food Holiday in honor of the Subway Sandwich is all about . Good Appetite.
The U.S. National Hoagie Day on May 5th
Sandwiches and baguettes may go by many names, but National Hoagie Day is definitely a champion among the world’s sandwiches in the United States.
Who started National Hoagie Day?
As with so many other food holidays from the United States, in the case of National Hoagie Day, little seems to be known about its origins. Although most of the popular websites and online calendars list this culinary occasion for May 5th, these articles do not contain any specific information about a possible initiator or the exact year of its founding.
At least with regard to the second aspect, a somewhat more precise statement can be made. The data from Google Trends point to an initial relevant interest in the search term National Hoagie Day in May 2005 (see also the list of related links below).
When does US National Hoagie Day take place?
National Hoagie Day falls on May 5th each year in the United States.
Why is National Open Baguette Day in the United States on May 5th?
This ambiguity also continues with regard to the selected date. Because why the unknown initiators chose May 5th as the date for the US National Day does not seem to have any further justification.
To make matters worse, food blogger John-Bryan Hopkins – and several other sources with him – lists National Hoagie Day on his project foodimentary.com for May 4th. In the course of the research for this article, I could not find out whether it was an oversight or an independent food holiday (see also the list of further links below).
This also applies to a possible contextual reference to the US American Cartoons Day (National Cartoon Day) or Astronaut Day (National Astronaut Day) or International Midwives Day or International Day hand hygiene (Save Lives: Clean Your hands) or the international day of the photo frame (International day Picture frame.).
The US National Eat a Hoagie Day on September 14th
Open sandwiches are very popular (not only) in the USA. In this respect, it is not surprising that the National Eat a Hoagie Day (often only briefly: Eat a Hoagie Day) is another culinary occasion for this dish in the calendar of the curious world days finds. Reason enough to briefly outline its origins below.
Who started National Eat a Hoagie Day?
In the case of National Eat a Hoagie Day, too, its origins are completely in the dark. For example, the inconclusive research on most websites on the subject of food holidays refers to an unknown initiator or an unspecified year of foundation.
If you take a closer look at the existing sources, however, you will find a serious lead on the website of the US greeting card provider punchbowl.com. If a strange holiday turns up in this context, the assumption is that the idea behind it came from the company’s marketing department. After all, every additional occasion in the calendar offers an opportunity to advertise your own products.
The only disadvantage of this web portal is that its creators hardly provide any background information about the origins of the food holidays gathered there. The earliest known version of a post on the US Eat a Sandwich Day goes back to September 18, 2010.
When does the US National Eat a Hoagie Day take place?
National Eat a Hoagie Day takes place in the US on September 14th each year.
Why does US Eat-a-Baguette Day fall on September 14th?
Why the choice of the date for the Eat a Hoagie Day fell on September 14th, I could not find out in the course of research for the present article.
Insofar, one can at this point, a content related to parallel on September 14, committed the International Talk about Cancer Day , the National Quiet Day (Day of rest, or Day of Silence) in the UK and the US Day Exclude Berliners (National Cream-Filled Donut Day).
Kitchen Knowledge: Curious Facts To Know About The Subway Sandwich
As always, when the exact origins of a curious holiday are in the dark, the focus on the celebrated object or occasion is much more productive. This is also the case with Hoagie, for which there are a number of interesting facts.
Where does the name Hoagie come from?
While the origins are clearly in Philadelphia, the exact etymological origin of the name Hoagie for a filled baguette or particularly large sandwich is still controversial (see also the article on the US American Sandwich Day (National Sandwich Day) on November 3rd). So there are currently different variants about the origin of the name, which are to be sketched in the following:
The best-known theory about the origin of the name refers to Italian shipyard workers at the Hog Island Weft in Philadelphia and the year 1953. They brought sandwiches with them in which different types of meat, cheese and lettuce were placed between two slices of bread (see also the topic related article on
the day of the German bread and butter on the last Friday in September). The shipyard, which dates from the time of the First World War, was the inspiration for the name: Hog Island ”sandwich. Over the years this became the short form Hoagie, which is known today (see also the list of further links below).
The Philadelphia Almanac and Citizen’s Manual offer another explanation. According to this theory, the name of the sandwich goes back to the street vendors at the beginning of the 20th century who were known as “hokey-pokey-men” (see also the list of related links below).
Another theory suggests that the term Hoagie originated in the Italian community in south Philadelphia between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The phrase “hokey-pokey-men” was used as a slang term for a penniless person. Delicatessen traders gave away leftover meat and cheese on an Italian roll known as a “hokey”. Italian immigrants, however, pronounced it “hoagie” (see also the list of related links below).
Different names for a baguette in the USA
In fact, filled baguettes in the USA go under many regionally different names. In addition to the Philadelphia-based Hoagie, the huge sandwich variants are also known by the following names: in New York as Hero, in Connecticut as Submarine or Torpedo, in New England as Grinder, in Boston as Spukie (short for spuccadella, one Italian bread roll).
Sound confusing? No problem. If you want to be on the safe side, you can simply order an Italy sandwich or baguette. You should definitely get a delicious filled baguette on your plate.
What is the Hog Island Sandwich made of?
It is prepared on a long Italian bread or French baguette, which is topped with a variety of ingredients (see also the article on the US American Baguette Day (National French Bread Day) on March 21). The spectrum ranges from meat, cheese, lettuce, vegetables to various spices and sauces. The main thing is a lot.
There are no limits to your own culinary creativity with these large filled baguettes. In recent years, however, numerous vegetarian variants have also enjoyed increasing popularity.
Do you eat a sub-baguette or cold?
As well … as. While some people prefer their baguettes rather warm, other (see also the contribution to the US opt for the variant of the cold cold cuts days of cold cuts National Cold Cuts Day) (Engl. On March 3). The choice is certainly also dependent on the weather and the season. In short, whether warm or cold, the main thing is that the baguette tastes good.
The Hoagie is the official sandwich of the state of Philadelphia
Already knew? In 1992 the former mayor of Philadelphia (and later governor of Pennsylvania) Ed Rendell declared the Hoagie the official sandwich of Philadelphia (see also the list of related links below).
In this sense: Bon appetit and a relaxed National Eat a Hoagie Day to all of you.