The best pancake breakfast of all – tomorrow in Queensborough

Raymond and I had our own private pancake breakfast at the Manse one recent morning, with syrup made by Cyril and Isabella Shaw of Eldorado. Delicious! But at tomorrow's community pancake breakfast in Queensborough, you'll have lots of good company as well as good eats.

Raymond and I had our own private pancake breakfast at the Manse one recent morning, with syrup made by Cyril and Isabella Shaw of Eldorado. Delicious! But at tomorrow’s community pancake breakfast in Queensborough, you’ll have lots of good company as well as good eats.

The Queensborough Community Centre, where tomorrow's Pancake Breakfast takes place.

The Queensborough Community Centre, where tomorrow’s Pancake Breakfast takes place.

If you are anywhere in the vicinity of Queensborough tomorrow morning (that would be Sunday, May 5), or even if you’re a little farther away and are in the mood for a nice drive in the country, you owe it to yourself to head to the Queensborough Community Centre (the historic former one-room schoolhouse) for the annual Queensborough Pancake Breakfast. It runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and you are guaranteed a great meal and a convivial time.

Pancake breakfasts are very popular in springtime in Hastings County and other rural-Ontario counties. It makes sense, of course: spring is maple-syrup season, and a pancake breakfast is a wonderful way to enjoy the best of this year’s run.

The crowds line up for an excellent pancake breakfast served up by the Madoc Township firefighters in Eldorado.

The crowds line up for an excellent pancake breakfast served up by the Madoc Township firefighters in Eldorado.

On our most recent visit to the Manse, Raymond and I enjoyed another pancake breakfast that is also an annual event and enormously popular. It is put on by the Madoc Township firefighters and held at the township hall/ firehall in Eldorado. What a turnout! They served hundreds and hundreds of people. As you can see in the photo, we all lined up to heap our plates with pancakes, sausages, bacon, fried eggs, home fries and toast, all very ably and efficiently cooked up by the apron-clad firefighters (and some helpers).

I believe it was the following weekend that another such effort was to take place in Ivanhoe, hosted by the Centre Hastings Fire Department. And lots of churches and other community organizations in the area also hold pancake breakfasts.

But I have a secret for you. As one stalwart member of St. Andrew’s United Church in Queensborough told me a couple of weeks ago when discussing the upcoming Queensborough event: “Everybody says ours is the best.”

You heard it here first.

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