October 28, 2011
Visit Philly Celebrates The Hoagie, Philadelphia’s Iconic Cold Sandwich, With The Great Hoagie Debate, A Chance To Win A Year’s Supply Of Hoagies, A Tailgate Takeover, The With Love Hoagie Invitational And More
There’s no hiding it or denying it: Philadelphia has great sandwiches.
And Philly’s sandwich prowess is led by the big three: there’s the nationally and internationally famous Philly Cheesesteak; there’s the amazingly delicious roast pork sandwich. And then there’s the authentic Philadelphia hoagie, a sandwich that we’re here to talk about today.
In honor of the approaching National Sandwich Day on November 3, Visit Philly is celebrating the hoagie with a series of special promotions and events to show our appreciation for Philadelphia’s quintessential cold sandwich.
Over the next week or so, hoagie lovers can help Philly show its appreciation for these delicious sandwiches in a number of ways. You can vote in the Great Philadelphia Hoagie Debate, enter to win a year’s supply of hoagies, enter to win a Tailgate Takeover at an Eagles game, attend the With Love Hoagie Invitational, explore some of the region’s best hoagies and hoagie shops via an interactive map and much more.
Here’s the complete rundown on the Visit Philly hoagie celebration:
Declared the “official sandwich of Philadelphia” by Mayor Ed Rendell in 1992 at Wawa Hoagie Day at City Hall, the hoagie is a built-to-order sandwich on a long Italian roll, typically filled with deli meat and cheese, garnished with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and onions and finished with a drizzle of oregano-vinegar dressing.
Authentic Philadelphia Hoagie Finder
The Philadelphia Hoagie Finder, a new permanent addition to Visit Philly, helps you locate the tastiest hoagies near you. You can also ad each location to your Foursquare list, or view it on Foodspotting via Visit Philly’s hoagie Foodspotting guide.
Once you’ve “spotted” the items in any of the 21 Visit Philly Foodspotting guides, you receive a customized Visit Philly badge for your Foodspotting profile.
The Great Philadelphia Hoagie Debate And Sweepstakes
Also (awesomeness alert right here) be sure to enter the Visit Philly Facebook contest, the Great Philadelphia Hoagie Debate, in order to be entered to win a year’s supply of hoagies from various iconic shops around the city. Just weigh in on which element of the hoagie you think is most essential: the bread, the meat, the cheese, the toppings or the dressing.
The Visit Philly hoagie celebration kicks off with a Tailgate Takeover this Sunday, October 30 from 2-6 p.m. prior to the Eagles vs. Cowboys game in the Wells Fargo parking lot.
Eagles fans can enter through CBS for a chance to upgrade their next tailgate catered by Primo Hoagies. Two winners will be chosen from the online contest, and the Primo Hoagies Patrol will also scout the parking lot in search of a third lucky group of tailgaters. Winners will receive hoagies, chips and all the fixings, along with an invitation to hang out in the well stocked With Love RV. You can enter right here.
With Love Hoagie Contest And Invitational
Plus (another awesomeness alert), Primo’s teamed up with our parent organization, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, and Philly.com/food to hold a competition for the new ‘With Love’ Hoagie. The recipe contest is closed, but you’ll be able to vote for your favorite at the upcoming Hoagie Invitational. The invitational takes place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 in the Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place.
It’s a one-time competition in which five amateur hoagie makers attempt to create the official With Love Hoagie. Hoagie lovers and a panel of judges consisting of Philadelphia notables will taste test and vote for their favorite sandwich. The winning sandwich maker will receive an overnight stay in Philadelphia, Eagles tickets and name recognition at the 70 Primo Hoagies shops in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland that will carry the With Love Hoagie!
Philadelphia’s food has been garnering more and more national attention, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate one of our most iconic sandwiches with an extended celebration.
Now who’s hungry?