Pancake Tuesday is regarded as a day to feast on pancakes, just before Ash Wednesday - the first day of Lent.
There are several fun family activities occurring in Melbourne on Pancake Tuesday. Pancake Parlour will once again play host to several pancake themed festivities, plus there are also fundraising events held by Connections UnitingCare. Also we will name some of Melbourne's best pancake houses and creperies, so you can enjoy a fine pancake feast on Pancake Tuesday.
2012 Ladies Pancake Tossing Race
2010 Winner of the Melbourne Ladies Pancake Tossing Race, Sapna Jones. Time: 59 secs Image courtesy of Pancake Parlour website)
This is a ladies only event. The rules state that contestants must wear a skirt, have an apron and headscarf and toss a pancake (at least three times) while racing a 380m track in Flagstaff Gardens. I'm sure it is not as easy as it sounds, but it sure sounds like a lot of fun. Plus $300 cash is up for grabs.
While the women run, the men will eat, and eat some more. This popular event is held annually under the Melbourne Central Clocktower. Contestants are composed of twelve radio personalities, who will have to eat six buttermilk pancakes smeared with whipped butter and drenched with maple-flavoured syrup as fast as they can.
Ruari Currin from PBS 106.7 Image courtesy of Pancake Parlour website)
For the past three years, Ruari Currin from PBS 106.7 has won the event and last year had a record best of 1 minute and 5 seconds. The contestants are required to eat with a knife and fork (no hands) and upon completion, hold their fork up and declare "Lovely".
This event is sure to be fast and furious. It will take place from 12pm. Head to the Pancake Parlour website for more information.
Connections UnitingCare: Cooking For a Cause
Connections UnitingCare are hosting two fundraising events on Pancake Tuesday. There will a morning tea event at the Connections Narre Warren office from 10:30am and another at the Connections Croydon office from 11:30am.
Pancake Day (Image courtesy of Connections website)
Since 2002, Connections UnitingCare have been running this popular event and have raised over 1 million dollars. Given this will be their 10th year hosting this event, it is expected to be one of their largest events yet.
If you would like to attend either event, pleasecontact Rhiannon Wapling on 03 9271 0800 or RSVP@connections.org.au.
Connections are also encouraging various schools, workplaces, churches and clubs to host their own Pancake Day events and are offering a host pack on their website.
Dine at Melbourne's Best Pancake Houses and Creperies
If you want to have a great pancake or crepe feast (sweet or savoury, whatever tickles your fancy) the WeekendNotes team have a few suggestions;
The most obvious suggestion is the Pancake Parlour. It is a great spot for a rich, delectable pancake dish and as it is Pancake Tuesday, don't hold back. Our sweet pancake menu recommendations include the "This Is it!", "Chocolate Jubilee" and Jamaican Banana". For those who like savoury pancakes, go for the "Crepe Spanakopita", "Cheese Kransky" or "Mexican Beef Crepes".
Flippin Pancakes is another great find for pancakes with a twist. Their savoury pancake menu includes dishes such as "Maharajah's Curry", "Saucy Bird" and "Salmon Stack", and the sweet pancake menu is equally inspired, "Gone Bananas", "Apple Jack " and "Devonshire" are just a few of their pancake options.
Stokers Coffee Lounge is also home to some fine pancake dishes. Savoury choices include "Bolognese", "Asparagus Mornay" and "Camembert & Cranberry Sauce", while the sweet menu includes items such as "Rum Banana", "Cherry Brandied Cherry" and "Chocolate Peach".
CJ's Scribbles Cafe is another WeekendNotes favourite. Top menu selections include "Fruit Medley", "Fruits of the Forest" and "Strawberry Indulgence" for those with a sweet tooth and for those who prefer savoury dishes, try the "Tandoori Chicken", "Big Aussie Crepe" or the "Chilli Con Carne".