Bite into a birthday

Bring out the bunting – it’s the anniversary of the invention of the sandwich!

Residents of the Kent town of Sandwich are planning to host a very special birthday party. And it’s fair to say they’ll be celebrating the event with some relish.

This weekend (12-13 May) the Sandwich Celebration will mark the creation of the sandwich 250 years ago by John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich – naval commander, explorer and notorious gambler.

The celebration, appropriately presided over by the present earl, includes a re-enactment of the moment when the earl, in the organisers’ words, “had the masterly inspiration of creating the universal fast food the world knows and loves”. There will also be a teddy bears picnic for young fans and a Sandwich Bites competition to find the most delicious snack. And expect some healthy competition when visitors from French twin town Honfleur arrive for a tasting competition, with the English sandwich judged against the French baguette.