In 2001 the Bakery sold roughly 10,000 Fastnachts. In 2006, the Emmaus Bakery made 26,000 Fasnachts. 2007 Emmaus Bakery made approximately 38,000 Fasnachts. “Fasnacht Day” has been a yearly tradition for the Emmaus Bakery since 1934.
2017 – Tuesday, February 28 is “Fasnacht Day”
So what is a Fasnacht?
A Fasnacht is a donut like treat served only on Fasnacht Day. This treat is found mainly in Southeastern Pennsylvania, or Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Fasnachts are made from potato dough. They are then fried and often coated with a sugar glaze. At the Emmaus Bakery we offer several varieties; sugar glaze, cinnamon sugar, powdered, plain and a plain sugar-coating.
When is “Fasnacht Day”?
Fasnacht Day is always the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent.
2018 – Tuesday, February 13
2019 – Tuesday, March 5
What is “Fasnacht Day”?
In England it’s called Shrove Tuesday, and in French it’s called Mardi Gras. Most people know it as “Fat Tuesday”. In some cultures weeks prior to Lent are for partying, however, in other cultures like the German Fasching, Fasnacht or Karneval, the French Mardi Gras or the Italian carnival, it represents a period of revelry before the solemn period of fasting and self-reflection. All in all “Fasnacht” means “Eve of the Fast”.
In Emmaus, it’s become a yearly tradition. Beside people coming from all over to taste the tasty little treat, each year the Emmaus Main Street Program holds their annual “Fasnacht & Forsythia Festival”. The festival includes the famous “Fasnacht Trot”, the Crowning of King Fasnacht & Queen Forsythia, the Fasnacht Toss, Fasnacht Basketball, and Fasnacht Shuffleboard. Oh and did we say there are plenty of Fasnachts to eat as well.
Breaks over on to the next holiday… we are done recovering from the mad rush of Faschnacht Day now it’s time to knead the dough. This time of year the biggest request is for our Dinner Rolls and Paska Bread. We offer two kinds of Paska, plain or with raisins and three sizes of Dinner Rolls, mini, regular or large. Please call ahead to place your orders.
|Hot Cross Buns||$7.30|
|Poppy Seed Roll||$19.10|
Memorial Day, Graduations, Vacations, Picnics and Family Reunions. Those are just a few good reasons why people get together. At Emmaus Bakery we do not just offer sweets for those that have a sweet tooth. We make a variety of rolls that can be used at any type of occasion. We have hard rolls, dinner rolls, hamburger and hotdog rolls. We also have steak rolls. Just give us a call and we will help you choose which roll will best fit for your event or special occasion.
Witches, ghost and goblins are hanging around our bakery. We love the fall and we love to decorate for Halloween. We offer a variety of cupcakes and cookies decorated with some pretty scary ghost and goblins.
This has got to be one of the best holidays. AAAHH… the smell of Pumpkin Pie. As soon as you walk in the door you know the turkey stuffing holiday is fast approaching. We offer a variety of pies, Pumpkin, Apple and many others. Just call ahead and we will have the pie ready, don’t forget the whip crème or your ice crème for that special added touch, your loved ones and friends will think you made it yourself.
This is our favorite time of the year! There are a lot of jolly people walking around the bakery. You might even catch Santa sneaking a cookie or two or see kids decorating a cookie for Santa with Santa. you will also see everyone pulling together to make everyone’s favorite… the CUTOUT COOKIE. Oh and don’t forget the “Kiffle”. Whether you like Nut, Lekvar or Apricot, Strawberry or Raspberry make sure you place your order. It’s a sure thing, they won’t last long.