The champs from Harris Farm. [Photo: gBritt PR]
The team from Harris Farm in Dayton won the first-ever Maine Restaurant Week Pancake Race championship on Tuesday morning outside Maine Craft Distilling in Portland, earning a golden skillet trophy and state-wide bragging rights. According to the MRW PR team, "Pancake races have been occurring for hundreds of years on the day before Ash Wednesday and originated as a way to use up rich foods before 40 days of fasting during lent. Legend has it that a housewife in England was so busy making pancakes that she was shocked when she heard church bells ringing and rushed out the door, frying pan in hand, to make it to the service."
The teams had fun with it, wearing costumes (there were housewives, breakfast foods and forestry equipment). The names included Breakfast of Championnettes, Pour Some Syrup on Me and Holy Crepe. All proceeds from the event are going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. Here's the video footage of the neck-and-neck pancake relay finals: