Sam Bompas, a so-called foodsmith, said Montagu probably wasn’t the first to think of the idea.
“Other people were probably eating in that way anyway but they were people who weren’t written about,” he said.
It’s possible the sandwich could have been named something else entirely. The first earl of Sandwich had the opportunity to choose Portsmouth instead of Sandwich when he was offered a peerage in 1660, said Steve Laslett, one of the organizers of the Sandwich Celebration Festival taking place Saturday and Sunday.
“Today we could be eating a Portsmouth,” he said.
The 11th earl of Sandwich, also named John Montagu, is scheduled to host a lunch Sunday.
“I am delighted to wish a happy 250th birthday to the sandwich,” he said.
Strange Random Sandwich Quote:
“I don’t need music, lobster or wine
Whenever your eyes look into mine;
The things I long for are simple and few:
A cup of coffee, a sandwich–and you!”
- How the sandwich began (jcfromanshan.wordpress.com)
- English town celebrates 250 years of the sandwich (radionz.co.nz)
- Town hosts festival for sandwich (bbc.co.uk)
- Ten Adorable Sandwiches To Say Happy Birthday, Sandwiches! (buzzfeed.com)
- Sandwich turns 250 and we celebrate Toronto’s most creative version of 2012 (thestar.com)
- A history of popular sandwiches (lfpress.com)