#Pancake Festival #No Styrofoam

Phyllis Theermann
Quentin Prideaux, Sustainable Wellesley President, and John Adams, Rotary Club President, right, remove styrofoam trays to bring in compostable ones for the upcoming Rotary Breakfast Festival

Quentin Prideaux, Sustainable Wellesley President, and John Adams, Rotary Club President, right, remove styrofoam trays to bring in compostable ones for the upcoming Rotary Breakfast Festival

That is right. We said no styrofoam at the beloved Rotary Club of Wellesley Annual Breakfast Festival!

The Rotary Club of Wellesley will be hosting the 55th annual pancake festival — now called the “Breakfast Festival” — on Saturday, May 21st in the Wellesley Middle School cafeteria from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. In a new twist, the Rotarians will use compostable trays and utensils instead of Styrofoam to serve all-you-can eat pancakes — including gluten-free! The menu also includes yogurt, fruit, ham, coffee, and drinks. Composting and recycling stations will be provided to bring the event closer to a zero waste goal, and local company Bootstrap Compost will collect all the compostable material.

“The Rotary Club of Wellesley is proud to take steps towards a more sustainable future and partner with Sustainable Wellesley,” said John Adams, Club President. “Wellesley’s growing environmental consciousness can be seen throughout our community and we are making strides to do our part,” Adams said. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Wellesley Little League, as well as Rotary Club of Wellesley programs such as The Emotional Wellness Project, The Tutoring Project, and The Arbor Day Project.

The event marks a new connection between the Rotary and the local grassroots group Sustainable Wellesley. “We are thrilled to support the Rotary in adapting this beloved town tradition,” said Quentin Prideaux, Sustainable Wellesley President. “For years, this event has been a great community builder for Wellesley — and now it will be earth-friendly as well,” Prideaux said.

Breakfast goers will find Rotary-sourced compostable trays, flatware sponsored by Fulham Co., as well as composting stations and green ambassadors coordinated by Sustainable Wellesley. Volunteers are needed to help guests put their things in the correct bin, and are requested to sign up for a one hour time slot here.

Tickets are $5.00 (or 5 for $ 20.00) and can be purchased from your favorite Wellesley Little Leaguer; the Roche Brothers Courtesy Desk; on-Line at the Wellesley Rotary On-Line Store; or at the door. Children 3 years old & under are free.

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