The best way to make sure you're stocked up for Fastnacht Day is to order in advance.
But it's getting a little late for that. Fastnacht Day is Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Never fear -- many area bakeries allow walk-in purchases for both single fastnachts and by-the-dozen orders of the Pennsylvania Dutch doughnuts. Here's a round-up of some spots across the Lehigh Valley where you can get your fix on Fastnacht Day 2017. Be sure to arrive early or risk disappointment.Where to go on Fastnacht Day 2017
Easton Baking Co. The old-fashioned favorite is preparing to make 3,000 dozen fastnachts. "We open at 5 a.m., and the first customer will usually come around 4:30," said Mitzi Petty, whose family owns the bakery. They'll have traditional potato fastnachts in glazed, powdered sugar, cinnamon and plain varieties for $5.40 a dozen or 45 cents each. 34 N. Seventh St., Easton. 610-252-6343. Hours: 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Egypt Star Bakery. Plain, glazed, granulated sugar-coated, powdered, cream-filled and jelly-filled versions are available at this bakeshop with locations in Allentown, Whitehall Township and Coplay. Some years they run out, while other years they don't, so try your luck. 608 N. Front St., Allentown 610-434-8516; 2225 MacArthur Road, Whitehall Township, 610-434-3762; 45 N. Front St., Coplay, 610-262-5115. egyptstarbakery.com. Hours vary for each location.
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Flour Shop. This bakery has lately been focusing on selling from local markets, so the storefront is now only open to foot traffic four times a year -- and one of them is Fastnacht Day. They'll have powdered, plain, cinnamon sugar and glazed fastnachts for $9 a dozen and 80 cents a piece. 2980 Linden St., Bethlehem. 610-419-9645. Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jumbars. The popular breakfast nook will have powdered and cinnamon sugar fastnachts for roughly $1 a piece. They'll be in limited supply, but Jumbars hopes to have them available throughout the day. 1342 Chelsea Ave., Bethlehem. 610-866-1660, jumbars.com. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Mary Ann Donut Kitchen. The Allentown bakery has been selling fastnachts in advance, but will plans to have some available on the big day. Get plain, powedered or sugared and see the difference orange and lemon zest makes in their recipe. Fastnachts cost $10 a dozen, $5.50 a half-dozen, and $1 a piece. 1601 Liberty St., Allentown. 610-439-9985, maryanndonutkitchen.com. Hours: Open at 5:30 a.m.
Supermarkets. Giant, Weis, Wegmans, Redner's and other area supermarkets are all churning out fastnachts at their bakeries. Head to your local grocery store to see what they have available.
Vallos Bakery. Get glazed, sugared, powdered and plain fastnachts at Vallos, which will have extended hours on Tuesday. Here, they'll run you $7 a dozen, $4.50 a half-dozen and 85 cents each. 1800 Broadway, Bethlehem. 610-866-1012, vallosbakery.com. Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Vegan Treats. The Bethlehem vegan bakery with fans spanning the country will have both filled ($3.75) and traditional ($1.95) fastnachts in different styles. 610-861-7660, vegantreats.com. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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