A day to enjoy pancakes, guilt-free

MORE than 30 kilograms of pancake mix is being prepared for what’s been billed as a “monster feast”.

Warrnambool’s Uniting Church members are again preparing the pans for this year’s Pancake Day tomorrow and are ensuring all appetites are catered for.

In addition to the traditional maple syrup, beef and bacon pancakes, they have added gluten-free and vegetarian selections to the menu. 

Co-ordinator Barrie Baker said the church hoped to raise thousands of dollars for its emergency housing and family support services. 

Last year the pancakes alone made up to $12,000 for UnitingCare. 

“This year we’re aiming for $15,000,” Mr Baker said. 

“We’ve already got 30 kilograms of pancake mix. 

“Last year we had more than 500 people come through the door. 

“We had people lining up outside. 

“This year we’ve refined our system so people will be able to get them quicker.” 

Steeped in historical and religious origins, Pancake Day is the modern celebration of Shrove Tuesday — a time of feasting and eating fatty foods before the fasting period of Lent.

Mr Baker said most of the food pyramid would be on hand for toppings.

“We’ve got tuna bake, beef savoury and vegetarian,” he said. 

The stoves will fire up tomorrow between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at the Uniting Church on Koroit Street. 

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