Tomorrow, March 4, is the day before Lent begins. And while many people will celebrate with Mardi Gras-style drinking and elaborate parties in honor of Fat Tuesday, there are also plenty of people in Bucks County, Pennsylvania who will celebrate Fasnacht Day. The word “fasnacht” is German, meaning “night before the fast.” Historically, luxuries such as sugar, fat and butter were often restricted during fasts associated with Lent. To empty their pantries of the forbidden food items, the Pennsylvania Dutch would make potato doughnuts that are typically cut in to squares and served plain or with powdered sugar.
If you’re in the Bucks County, PA area, these local bakeries will offer potato doughnuts in honor of Fasnacht Day on Tuesday, March 4. It’s best to call your bakery of choice early Tuesday morning to ask them to set some aside for you!
Town Crier Bakery
29 Peddlers Lane
Lahaska, PA 18949
Town Crier Bakery in Peddler’s Village will offer light and fluffy potato doughnuts with a variety of fillings. Pick up a dozen to share with your office or family for just $6 per dozen. Call or send a private message through the Town Crier Bakery Facebook page to place your order. Town Crier will offer Fasnacht doughnuts all week long!
868 East Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974
At Rilling’s Bucks County Bakery in Warminster, choose from cinnamon, powdered or granulated sugar potato doughnuts, plus their everyday assortment at $11.85 per dozen. Visit the Rilling’s Bakery Facebook page or website for more news and holiday specials.
20 Penn Valley Road
Levittown, PA 19054
Piazza’s in Levittown will be serving fresh Fastnachts all day long. To watch a video of Chuck Thomas from ‘Eat This!’ as he visits Piazza’s to learn more about Fasnacht doughnuts, click here.
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