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Your Guide To Paczki Day

Monday February 5th, 2024, 2:22pm


Your Guide To Paczki Day!

Original blog by Tourism Windsor Essex

Paczki Day returns Tuesday February 13th! Now is the time to prepare for everyone’s favourite once-a-year indulgent treat! We’ve put together a mouth-watering Paczki Day Guide for where to get your hands on the little round balls of deliciousness.

“Paczki Day” (pronounced “poonch-key”) is a Polish tradition that takes place on Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras. Paczki are deep-fried pastries that resemble filled doughnuts. They are traditionally made with a rich, sweet dough and filled with various sweet fillings like fruit preserves, custard, or cream.

Paczki Day, traditionally, is a day to indulge in these delicious pastries before the fasting period of Lent begins. It’s a time for people to use up ingredients like sugar, butter, and lard before the Lenten season of fasting and abstinence.

Windsor Essex is home to a significant Polish population, that, along with our proximity to Hamtramck in Detroit make Windsor Essex the perfect spot to indulge with a treat from our local bakeries and markets. Bakeries and communities organize Paczki Day celebrations, where people come together to enjoy these delectable treats. It’s a festive and tasty way to mark the approaching Lenten season.

With our proximity to Hamtramck, a city located within the borders of Detroit, we are lucky to have an even more robust Paczki scene! Hamtramck is known for its diverse population and vibrant cultural scene and home to a significant population of residents with Polish backgrounds. You can find various Polish shops, restaurants, and cultural events throughout Hamtramck. The annual Hamtramck Paczki Day is a notable celebration of Polish culture. They even host a 5k Paczki Run! After the race, paczki and beer are served to each finisher.


For something a little less-traditional and a great way to show off your love of paczki’s check out Brand Dead’s paczki pins! Open up the lid on the pin to find a four pack of glitter Paczki! Pins are available to purchase in the online store.

Blak’s Bakery and Craft Heads Brewing Company have teamed up to bring you the Paczki Collab! Limited Paczki Packs so don’t miss your chance to savour the flavors of tradition. Secure your paczki delights by placing your order now! Each beer is unique and brewed with Blak’s Bakery Paczki and aged on Paczki filling

Think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned the Paczki Eating Champion? Get ready for a wild and laughter-packed Shrove Tuesday at PackziMania – the ultimate comedy show featuring a hilarious lineup of comedians, a spirited Packzi-eating contest, and fantastic prizes!

Mark you calendar, check out our Paczki Day Guide and get your pre-orders in! Most local bakeries will ask for pre-orders, but there are a handful of businesses that will have paczki available to purchase on February 13th so be sure to make your plans ahead of time!

Pre-order from favourites like:

… and check out our Paczki Day Guide for more!



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