National Cuban Sandwich Day - August 23
Tue, Aug 23, 2022

National Cuban Sandwich Day

National Cuban Sandwich Day, celebrated on August 23, is a celebration of enjoying the original Cuban sandwich. Today, this foreign dish has become popular in the United States, and its popularity has spread beyond the state of Florida. A Cuban sandwich is an oblong Cuban bread cut in half and smeared with mustard. The filling is layered and consists of fried pork, ham, Swiss cheese and thinly sliced ​​pickles.


The Cuban sandwich was part of the diet of workers in sugar mills and cigar factories as early as the 19th century. Coming to Florida, the Cubans brought this culinary tradition with them. In the 1900s, these sandwiches were already served in cafes in Key West, West Tampa, and Ybor City. In 1934, a Tampa newspaper publishes a recipe that, among other ingredients, contains salami (possibly this component was added to the Cuban sandwich by workers from Italy). In the 1960s, it had already become a popular dish in restaurants and cafes in Miami.

In 2016, Christopher Spata of the Tampa Bay Times published an article about the fictitious National Cuban Sandwich Day. He claimed that it was a joke: the journalist was interested in how many news agencies would believe in a fictitious holiday. But the joke turned out to be successful: the holiday turned into a real event, the Cuban sandwich had a whole army of fans, and it is growing!

Interesting facts

Learn more about the Cuban sandwich:

  1. There is a version that its analogue with casabe bread, fish and poultry was prepared by the indigenous inhabitants of Cuba – the Taino Indians.
  2. Even before the holiday was introduced in Tampa in 2012, the dish was dubbed “Tampa’s Historic Cuban Sandwich” in a playful rivalry with Miami for the “second home” of the sandwich.
  3. When making Cuban bread, wet palmetto leaves are placed on the dough before baking to add flavor.

How to celebrate

Celebrate National Cuban Sandwich Day with these great sandwiches for the whole family or group of friends. Or visit a restaurant that serves this dish. Tell us on social networks how you celebrated by accompanying the story with a photo. Use the hashtag #NationalCubanSandwichDay.

When is National Cuban Sandwich Day celebrated in 2022?

National Cuban Sandwich Day is observed on August 23 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday August 23 2022
Wednesday August 23 2023
Friday August 23 2024
Saturday August 23 2025
Sunday August 23 2026

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