NATIONAL HOAGIE DAY
It may go by many names, but on May 5th, National Hoagie Day celebrates a hero of a sandwich!
Besides a hero, the hoagie’s other aliases are the sub, grinder, Italian, torpedo, or baguette among others. It is made on a long Italian roll or French bread, filled with a variety of meats, cheese, vegetables, seasonings, and sauces. Pile it high with your own combination of fillings and enjoy it either hot or cold.
About the word “hoagie”
In 1953, the Italians were working at the World War I-era shipyard in Philadelphia, known as Hog Island. They introduced the sandwich by putting various meats, cheeses, and lettuce between two slices of bread. It was referred to as the “Hog Island” sandwich which they later shortened to the “hoagie.”
A different explanation is offered by the Philadelphia Almanac and Citizen’s Manual. They believe early 20th-century street vendors called “hokey-pokey-men” created the sandwich.
Yet another theory is that the word “hoagie” arose in the late 19th to early 20th century among the Italian community in South Philadelphia. The phrase “on the hoke” was used as slang to describe a destitute person. Deli owners gave away scraps of meat and cheese on an Italian roll known as a “hokie.” However, Italian immigrants pronounced it “hoagie.”
In 1992, former Philadelphia mayor (and later Pennsylvania governor) Ed Rendell declared the hoagie the Official Sandwich of Philadelphia.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHoagieDay
What’s your favorite hoagie fixings? With so many meat and cheese combinations, the options are limitless! Share your creations using #NationalHoagieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL HOAGIE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sandwich holiday. While we do, we’ll have a sandwich or two.
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