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February 23, 2017

Brauhaus Schmitz to sell traditional German doughnuts for National Fasnacht Day

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National Fasnacht Day Courtesy of Brauhaus Schmitz /PhillyVoice

Fasnachts are homemade doughnuts, usually fried and coated in sugar.

Philly's German bierhall Brauhaus Schmitz will celebrate National Fasnacht Day on Feb. 28, beginning at noon.

Traditional fasnachts will be sold by the half dozen until the restaurant runs out. Orders of the homemade doughnuts, which are fried and covered in sugar, will be $8. Dipping sauces like Nutella, molasses, Bavarian cream and fruit jam will be available for $1.

If you plan on indulging in the German treat, note that there will be a limit of one order per customer and Brauhaus Schmitz will only be accepting cash.

Don't wait, either. Jessica Nolen, pastry chef and owner of The Little Bird Bakery & Café, will only be making 100 orders of fasnachts, and the line to order starts early.

According to Brauhaus Schmitz, the word fasnacht translates to the “night before the fast” in German. Making the homemade doughnuts was a practical way to use up lard, sugar, fat and butter before the start of Lent. 

“Sharing these sweet, seasonal treats with our guests is another way we can preserve an ancient custom,” Brauhaus Schmitz owner Doug Hager said.

National Fasnacht Day Celebration

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Beginning at noon | $8 per order; cash only
Brauhaus Schmitz
718 South St.
(267) 909-8814