There's just over a month of sleeps left before Paczki Day (Feb. 16)!
But you can begin the celebration early with the Third Annual Paczki Party hosted by the Wisconsin Bakers Association at the Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th St., in Franklin.
The 2021 event will be a bit different than previous years, utiliizing a hybrid experience that includes curbside packi pick-up on the day of the event, as well as a virtual party and voting.
Participating Wisconsin Baking Association member vendors include:
How to participate
Those who wish to participate in the Paczki Party can pre-order their paczki online now for pick-up on Jan. 31 at the Polish Center. Each order includes a party box (one paczki from each participating bakery) mardi gras beads, a digital swag bag, and a link that grants access to vote in the online People's Choice awards for $15. Everyone who votes will also be entered in a random drawing to win a dozen paczki. Attendees can also order special Paczki Party hoodies for $30 each.
But don't delay. The deadline to pre-order a Paczki Party hooded sweatshirt is Monday, Jan. 18 and all Paczki Party Boxes must be ordered on or before Monday, Jan. 25.
Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.
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