Pancake Tuesday is also know as Shrove Tuesday – The word shrove is a form of the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of Confession and doing penance.
It’s also known as Mardi Gras – French for “Fat Tuesday” – and it refers to the tradition of using up all the rich, sweet and fatty food in the house on this night, by making stacks of pancakes and feasting on them.
The specific custom of Christians eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake Tuesday dates to the 16th century in the United Kingdom – So it’s not an Irish custom, as such, but most people in Ireland will observe Pancake Tuesday and will be busy making pancakes tonight!
Food Experiences in Ireland
Ireland’s food and drink is world-class; high quality, distinctive, and made by a diverse range of creative producers from a unique and fortuitous island location. From lamb in spring to fish in summer, stews, and soups in winter and, of course, potatoes at almost any time of the year, Irish food involves simple, hearty, family cooking that follows the seasons.
Our plentiful rain ensures that our grass-fed beef and dairy herd produce the best quality produce. Our amazing talent pool of creative chefs ensures that Irish restaurants are consistently ranked top in the world – Come discover what the island has to offer you…