February 25, 2020
Shrove Tuesday is an excellent excuse to fry up some pancakes, pour on some lemon juice or maple syrup and enjoy … and the Anglican Ladies Guild has been doing it in Kingaroy for as long as anyone can remember.
Their annual Pancake Day morning tea in St Michael And All Angels Hall is always well-attended and this year’s celebration was no exception with 65 people tucking into the treats.
The pancakes were cooked up fresh by Guild members in the hall kitchen.
But the morning wasn’t all about eating. There was live entertainment: singing (by the Wooroolin Ladies Choir) and poetry read by Jan Edwards.
Gwenda Allen, from the Anglican Ladies Guild, said there was also a prettiest cake plate competition, a “mystery parcel” as well as stalls selling plants, craftworks and jams.
Pancake Day dates back to the times of the “black fast” in Europe when many common foodstuffs were prohibited to be eaten during Lent.
To make sure that the banned eggs, butter and milk didn’t go to waste, Christians would make pancakes on the day before Lent started.
This is also where the original concept of “Mardi Gras” parties comes from, long before the words became synonymous with the world-famous parades in Rio and Sydney.
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