This city is no stranger to the humble (and not so humble) doughnut. From Shortstop to Doughboys to the van at Queen Vic Market, Melburnians are spoiled for choice when it comes to deep-fried dough, be it glazed, iced, covered in cinnamon or bursting with piping hot jam. The organisers of the Flour Market even ran a doughnut-only event earlier this year.
So, really, it made sense that, last year perfect sense that our sweet, sweet obsession was taken to its logical conclusion: a full-blown festival featuring all the doughnuts you can eat.
Returning to Melbourne for a second year, Donut Fest take over Coburg's Batman Royale events space on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 — although, despite taking the same name, it's not related to the huge Chicago-originated Donut Fest that we wrote about last year. Sugar fiends will be able to gorge themselves on freshly made doughnuts from a variety of local vendors, as well as mulled cider and a selection of boutique beers.
So who will be there? Lukumades will be taking their Greek doughnuts up north, Goldeluck's Bakeshop will be bringing in their croissant-doughnut creations from Croydon South and there will be Nutella doughnut burgers, hot jam doughnuts and glow-in-the-dark doughnuts. There will be gluten-free options and savoury nosh for doughnut breaks
This time round, entry into Donut Fest will be $15, with a portion of each ticket going towards food charity FareShare. Two sessions will run on both days, from 11am–3pm and 4–8pm.