Donut Fest

Chicago - Cleveland - Detroit - NYC

The Original Donut Fest


Q: How many donut shops will be participating?

A: The total number is TBD--you'll get a roughly 1/4 of a donut serving size sample from each participant. Pace yourself! Oh, and we'll have coffee samples too. You'll get tickets for those as well. You will be able to purchase donuts to take home and larger coffees from participating vendors that have items on sale.

Q: Isn't it unhealthy to promote the mass-consumption of deep-fried goods?

A:  This is a fun fest that happens one day out of the year. We believe in healthy eating and moderation. Treat yo' self.

Q: Can I bring my kids?

A: Because of the amount of tickets sold and the size of the event space, no strollers will be allowed. Children under 6 years of age may attend without a ticket as long as they are accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Q: Where and when is the fest?

A:  The 2019 fest be held on May 18th at The Eastern. Tickets go on sale 4/23/19. Sign up for our mailing list for the latest information.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Tickets will be available for three sessions. A limited amount of tickets will be released for the first VIP session (9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.) for $50 and include early entry into the fest for the smallest session, tickets to taste from each of the participating donut vendors, three beverage tickets, a limited-edition Donut Fest mug and a take-home goodie bag.

Tickets to the second session (10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.) and third session (12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.) will be $35, which includes entry into the fest, tickets to taste from each of the participating donut vendors, plus three beverage tickets and a take-home goodie bag.

A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank.

Q: Is anything besides donuts and coffee going on there?

A:  Sure there is! In addition the the tastings from each shop of their signature donut (included in your ticket price), you'll be able to purchase donuts to take home from vendors that are selling on-site. There will be fun. There will be voting. There will be jams. And a bunch of other stuff, too.  We'll announce it here as we go.

Q:  Can my restaurant or bakery participate?

A:  If your restaurant is interested in participating in 2019, please contact us at

Q:  I have a group who wants to attend together, can we do group sales?

A:  Available tickets will be first-come, first-serve when sales are announced and there are no group sales. Sign up for our mailing list on our contact page to get the latest information.

Q:  I consider myself a donut aficionado, how can I be considered to judge Donut Fest?

A: Unfortunately, we have put together a full cast of extremely qualified judges. But all ticket holders at the fest get to vote for crowd favorite, so really, everyone gets to have their say!