Last weekend, my tastebuds and I had the immense pleasure of hanging at Doughfest, the first-ever Doughnut Festival. That’s right, y’all – DOUGHNUT. FESTIVAL.
It’s hilarious I ended up at a doughnut festival at all since (bear with me)…I didn’t use to like doughnuts. As a kid, and a semi-adult, my thoughts were always: Meh. Why eat a stale, boring doughnut when you can eat a chocolate chip cookie instead?!
Thankfully, I moved to NYC and had my head set straight pretty quickly. Doughnuts are far from what I was used to. In fact, they’re having a total Renaissance right now! Aside from the classics, shops are offering them stuffed with cheese, jam or rice pudding (IT’S REAL); covered in chocolate and bacon, or infused with savory herbs or liquors.
TimeOut NY had the brilliant idea of bringing a bunch of local doughnut vendors into the same space for a day of showcasing, sweets and debauchery. My friend and I went with hungry bellies and devoured treats from six different shops:
This bakery (hidden inside of a car wash on the West Side Highway) has gained a huge following since its opening less than a year ago. They were offering their Passionfruit doughnut with Chocolate Pearls, and their famous Lavender “Carwash” doughnut. Lavender can easily become overpowering, but the folks at Underwest know their stuff. One of the best doughnuts of the day!
That’s a happy blogger right there!
Mike’s is a local Bay Ridge joint that serves the classics, with a few fun twists. They were sampling all kinds of treats, from their plain glazed Cruller to their blueberry jam-filled doughnut.
…And were pretty generous, as you can see!
THE DOUGHNUT PROJECT
I’ve loved these guys ever since they opened last fall (click for my review and interview), and now all of NYC does too. They were sampling three of their most popular flavors: Olive Oil & Black Pepper, Salted Chocolate with Butter Pretzel Crumble, and the Maple Bacon Bar. I destroyed my samples before I remembered to photograph them….whoops!
Orwasher’s has made me a full-on LOVER of jelly-filled doughnuts. For their Doughfest samples, they stacked up their sugar doughnuts, filled with strawberry and black raspberry jams. A definite highlight!
DAVID BURKE KITCHEN
I’ve never been to David Burke Kitchen, but have been
stalking appropriately following them on Instagram for awhile. I was stoked to try their treats! They offered their version of a “DIY” boozy doughnut: a sugar doughnut hole with spiked raspberry limoncello. Inject at your own risk!
One of the best doughnuts I tasted at Doughfest was their Brown Butter & Fleur de Sel. I mean, put fleur de sel on anything and I’m all over it, but this little guy packed a punch. The brown butter frosting was unreal!
I hadn’t heard of Leske’s before I went to Doughfest, so THANK YOU, TimeOut! This Bay Ridge shop also offered filled doughnuts: a Bailey’s Irish Cream and a Peanut Butter and Jelly. The PB&J was one of the best bites of the day, and the Irish Cream melted me into a happy, sugary puddle on the floor. Yum!
Aside from eating doughnuts for (LITERALLY) hours, one of the coolest parts of Doughfest was meeting some local Instagrammers and bloggers. Like FoodBaby NY (sleepy from a recent nap!) and his Dad, Mike Chau! Mike has been hitting all of NYC’s hottest spots with his (now two!) babies in tow, and gaining a huge following in the process. Plus, for all you West-Coast foodies, check out his shirt for some Voodoo love…!
Thanks to TimeOut and Marquee NY for a great event! For more on the vendors featured, click here.