Annual Pancake Day Race


VQ Admin

The annual National Pancake Day race, which commemorates the running of fresh, hot baked goods at the large Thompson’s Bakery building, was a bit subdued this year but still honoured by The Metropole Hotel. Since the 1980’s, The Metropole Hotel has organised the pancake race, with lots of Victorian Quarter businesses participating. Each runner, pan and cake in hand, races down MacCurtain Street- the length of the red brick Thompson’s building, trying to flip their pancake the whole way. It’s always a lot of fun and laughs.

Of course, the last year has seen dramatic changes in old traditions. The Metropole Hotel was able to keep the racing legacy alive, if only in a small way. Roger Russell- G.M., weddings coordinator- Janice Casey, & Gavin Farmer- sales & marketing, all tried their hands at flipping and then a short, 3-person, socially-distanced race. Although the group was small, a great time was had at the silliness of it all. The pancake tradition stays going for another year, despite a pandemic.