Joyce’s Supermarkets has announced it plans to join the upcoming celebrations for the annual Polish ‘Fat Thursday’ tradition, which takes place on the 24 February.
Selected stores across Galway will be stocking up on a range of authentic Polish stuffed donuts, known as Pączków, to mark the occasion, the retailer noted.
The longstanding holiday takes place on the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday and is dedicated to indulging in large quantities of rich, sugary foods not usually consumed during lent, particularly donuts, the supermarket explained.
According to Joyce's, across Poland, it is common for bakery queues to stretch around the street with people meeting with friends and family to enjoy sugary treats, which are fried rounds of glazed yeast dough often filled with rose-flavoured jam, but many recipe variants exist.
Folklore even suggests that abstaining from eating these sweet pastries will bring back luck, so unsurprisingly, the average person in Poland consumes three ‘Paczki’ every Fat Thursday, it added.
Aisling Joyce, director of operations at Joyce’s Supermarkets, said, that Joyce's will be participating in this annual Polish tradition "by stocking up on a delicious range of Paczki from Soho Bake House."
"We are proud to offer a wide range of authentic, international foods to help our customers to celebrate global traditions at home," she said.
The festive donuts will be available in store in Joyce’s Athenry, Oranmore, Fr Griffin, Knocknacarra, Headford, Doughiska and Ballybane.