FASTNACHT, "Doughnut Day" is Tuesday February 9th, and Haegele's will be open on Monday 2/8 7am-7pm and Tuesday 2/9 5am-6pm. Fastnacht is the day of feasting and celebration before the Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday. Many people fast or "give something up" for Lent, and often it's sweets. However, on Tuesday, before the fasting begins, it's a time of indulgence and hence the familiar term "Fat Tuesday". Many people know the celebration as Mardi Gras, but for those with German roots it's FASTNACHT, feast night or the eve of the fast! We make a special butter-sponge doughnut for the "feast", and it is only made and sold 2 days a year. Fastnacht doughnuts are a labor of love for our bakers. They are a 2-part dough and require quite a bit of procedure and perfection. Every one is hand rolled and hand cut and made the original old-fashion way. It all seems a bit excessive for a doughnut. However, it's the Feast and by tradition, the best of the best is served. Our Fastnachts are light, airy, and delicate and finished with a powdered sugar or a cinnamon sugar. Come celebrate the tradition with us this Monday or Tuesday and taste the best of the best...a Fastnacht doughnut from Haegele's on Doughnut Day!