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Published February 26th 2019
Celebrate the day of the pancake in Canberra
Pancake Day, or Shrove/Fat Tuesday as it's traditionally been known, falls this year on Tuesday, March 5. Essentially it's the day when you eat lots of pancakes! But there's actually a religious significance to the day too.
Pancake Day or Shrove/Fat Tuesday (also Mardi Gras as it's known in countries like France and Brazil) falls on the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of the Christian season called Lent. Lent is a season of fasting and penance which eventually leads to the big celebration of Easter. But before you fast, you gorge yourself silly on rich, fatty foods, and so we have Pancake Day!
Whether you celebrate the religious aspect of Pancake Day or you just love pancakes, then here are four ways to enjoy the day with your family.
1. Make your own pancakes. Here is a very simple and delicious recipe for pancakes that your kids can make. Alternatively, you can also use a pre-packaged pancake mix from any supermarket.
2. If you don't want to make your own pancakes, then go to your local café or Capital Pancakes. Your local café will very likely have a serve of pancakes or hotcakes as part of their breakfast menu. You can also eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the one place that's devoted to pancakes in Canberra: Capital Pancakes in Canberra City. Formerly known as Pancake Parlour, Capital Pancakes has all kinds of yummy pancakes including traditional pancake stack with maple flavoured syrup, blueberry pancakes, potato and cheese pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes and salted caramel pancakes.
3. Read/watch Pancake stories for children. There actually are stories about pancakes, and they've been around for a very long time! The stories are very similar to the famous story of the Gingerbread Man who runs away after being baked in the oven. This time it's the pancake that rolls away! Here is a story of a runaway pancake, and here is a traditional pancake story from Norway.
4. Have a pancake race! In many parts of the United Kingdom, pancake races are held in many villages and towns on Pancake Day. Participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan while running. Adopt this tradition in your family and get your kids to have a pancake race. You can use small frying pans or paper/plastic plates, and you can either use the pancakes you've made or use those ready-made Golden brand pikelets and pancakes you can get from Coles and Woollies. Pancake races are lots of fun!
Happy Pancake Day, Canberra! And make sure you eat lots of pancakes!