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 back in 2015.
So, really, it makes perfect sense that our sweet, sweet obsession it about to be taken to its logical conclusion: a full-blown festival featuring beer, bingo and all the doughnuts you can eat.
Set to take place at The Village on St Kilda Road, Donut Fest will arrive in Melbourne on Sunday, March 12 and Monday, March 13 — 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 coffee from Melbourne beanheads and a selection of boutique beers.
So who will be there? CBD bar Nieuw Amsterdam will be serving up their pumpkin doughies with Jack Daniels cream, Goldeluck's Bakeshop will be bringing in their croissant-doughnut creations from Croydon South and there will be ice cream doughnut sandwiches, Hungarian chimney cakes and mini Mars Bar doughnuts too. There will be plenty of gluten free options across the two days, with Elsternwick cafe Cocomama's supplying their vegan gluten free doughnuts (and sushi doughnuts) on the Sunday.
Entry into Donut Fest is free, although organisers are encouraging punters to bring a gold coin donation along for charity Eat Up. If nothing else, it should help assuage the guilt you'll feel after eating yourself into a coma.