Pancake races are a Shrove Tuesday tradition in England dating back centuries. ... It's a time for indulging before the beginning of Lent and, in Britain, racing around with a frying pan, flipping pancakes. Every year, people gather in backyards and on streets for pancake races, which have a history dating back centuries.
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9. In 2021 Shrove Tuesday fell on Tuesday 16th February.
Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.
A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan. A traditional English pancake is very thin and is served immediately. Golden syrup or lemon juice and caster sugar are the usual toppings for pancakes.