Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pączki Day (anglicized: POAN-CHKEE), Pancake Tuesday or Fat Tuesday is on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021!

Paczki are deep-fried dough spheres, similar to a doughnuts, that are filled with a sweet filling and covered with powered sugar or icing. Paczki are made from heavy dough with fats, eggs, sugar and dairy.

According to Wikipedia:

In Poland, pączki are eaten especially on Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek), the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. The traditional reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because their consumption was forbidden by Christian fasting practices during the season of Lent.

In North America, particularly the large Polish communities of Chicago, Detroit, and other large cities across the Midwest and Northeast, Paczki Day is celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. The date of this observance merges with that of pre-Lenten traditions of other immigrants (e.g., Pancake Day, Mardi Gras) on Fat Tuesday. With its sizable Polish population, Chicago celebrates the festival on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday. Pączki are also often eaten on Casimir Pulaski Day. In Buffalo, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Windsor, Pączki Day is celebrated on Fat Tuesday.

The Pączki Day celebrations in some areas are even larger than many celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day. In Hamtramck, Michigan, an enclave of Detroit, there is an annual Pączki Day (Shrove Tuesday) Parade, which has gained a devoted following. Throughout the Metro Detroit area, it is so widespread that many bakeries attract lines of customers for pączki on Pączki Day.

Here’s where to get the delicious Polish treats from local bakeries.

Note: Due to the pandemic and lower quantities available this year, some local bakeries have asked not to have their paczki promotions listed / less details listed. We recommend pre-ordering where available to ensure availability and to support physical distancing with less lineups.


Artesano Cafe

Selling: Paczki from Steimar Bakery
Address: 822 St Rose Avenue, Windsor
Phone: (519) 890-5812
Preordering: Pre-orders are recommended; serving product the 15th and 16th for walk-ins in limited amounts only.
Flavours: Custard, Lemon, Chocolate, Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Strawberry, Prune
Price:$2.50 each | $12.00 half doz | $22.00 doz

Cortina Gourmet Market

Address: 4300 Howard Avenue, Windsor
Phone: (226) 674-4774
Preordering: Available and highly recommended for availability.
Flavours: Apple Spice, Blueberry, Custard, Lemon, Nutella, Raspberry, Ricotta Cream, Strawberry
Price: $1.95 each | $10.50 half doz | $20.00 doz

Demarco’s Fine Foods

Selling: Paczki from Lakeside Bakery
Address: 1349 Grand Marais Rd. West, Windsor
Phone:(519) 969-7887
Preordering: Recommended, done via the phone for curb-side pickup until February 14th; call for more details. Small amount available for walk-in on the 16th.
Flavours: Lemon, custard, raspberry, plum, apple, strawberry and whipped cream.

European Market

Address: 6415 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor
Phone: (519) 915-4466
Preordering: Recommended for large orders.
Flavours: Custard, Lemon, Plum, Raspberry, Rose Hip, Strawberry
Price: $1.50 each | $8.00 half doz | $16.00 doz

Healthy Creations

Address: 333 Dougall Square, warehouse at 4013 County Rd 46
Email: [email protected]
Unique/Dietary: All paczki are gluten and dairy free. Vegan available in all flavours except Custard and Lemon.
Preordering: Available until the Friday before (unless the max order amount is reached before then); available at both locations.
Flavours: Custard, Lemon, Fudge, Cherry, perhaps more flavours added closer to the date.
Price: $3.00 each | $15.00 half doz | $27.00 doz

Lakeside Bakery

Address: 286 Erie Street South, Leamington
Phone: (519) 326-2626
Preordering: Available, but not necessary. Must order at least 3 dozen to pre-order.
Flavours: Apple, Custard, Lemon, Plum, Raspberry, Strawberry, Whipped Cream
Price: $11.00 half doz | $18.00 doz

Lee & Maria’s

Selling: Paczki from Blak’s Bakery
Address: 692 Seacliff Dr., Kingsville
Phone: (519) 733-9328 ext. 1
Preordering: Pre-orders are mandatory, and can be placed by calling the market or online using this link: https://leeandmarias.com/market-online
Flavours: Apple, Blueberry, Spiced Apple, Custard, Lemon, Strawberry, Plum
Price: $12 half dozen
Delivery: We will deliver paczki orders placed online to parts of Windsor, LaSalle, Tecumseh, Kingsville, Leamington, Essex, Harrow. A $7 delivery fee will apply to any orders under $45. Delivery can be combined with other grocery items.

Mancini’s Italia Bakery

Address: 571 Erie Street East, Windsor
Phone: (519) 252-7066
Unique/Dietary: Offering a specialty pop-up flavour that is available in-store only the day of.
Preordering: Available with a minimum of one dozen ordered.
Flavours (regular): Apple Spice, Blueberry, Bavarian Custard, Lemon, Raspberry, Strawberry
Price (regular): $2.00 each | $20.00 doz
Flavours (specialty): Cannoli, Nutella
Price (specialty): $2.50 each | $25.00 doz

Nana’s Bakery

Address: 2936 Dominion Boulevard, Windsor
Phone: (519) 966-2434
Unique/Dietary: Nana’s sells “Lowzkis” – half calories and half the fat as regular paczki, 300 calories and only 10 grams of fat or less.
Preordering: Pre-orders are mandatory from Nana’s this year; pricing and details can be given when calling to do so.
Flavours: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Custard, Lemon, Strawberry

Stiemar Bakery

Address: 2640 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor
Phone: (519) 966-1625
Preordering: Available and can be taken for any amount of paczki, recommended to order before the 13th for large amounts/specific orders. Paczki will be available the 15th and 16th.
Flavours:  Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate Filled, Custard, Lemon, Prune, Strawberry (flavours ordered in groups of 6)
Price:  $9.00 half doz | $18.00 doz

The Pastry Place

Address: 3392 Dougall Avenue, Windsor
Phone: (519) 915-9939
Preordering: Available by phone.
Flavours: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate, Custard, Lemon, Prune, Strawberry
Price: $1.75 each | $19.00 doz


We’ve made considerable effort to verify the accuracy of these flavours and prices but they may vary if stores make changes.  Do you work at a local bakery and have information to add to the guide?  Email us at [email protected].

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