Paczki (punch-key) Day is the feast of plenty before the Lenten fast begins. The traditional deep fried pastries which are similar to jelly doughnuts, are enjoyed throughout the world’s Polonias. In Poland, Paczki Day takes place the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, called Tlusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday). In United States Polonia, Paczki Day takes place the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, traditionally called Fat Tuesday in Carnival.
The Metropolitan Market celebrated the art of the Paczki, a traditional Polish treat that surfaces during the Lent/Easter season. They held their first Paczki eating contest that proved to be an act of stuffing one’s self with the tasty treat to see who could eat the most! Here’s how it went down….
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If you would like to make some yourself I found a recipe here: http://www.polamjournal.com/Library/Holidays/paczki/paczki.html