Dallas Donut Fest Was a Hole-In-One.
More than 800 people and vendors from all over North Texas were in four corners to celebrate the first Dallas Donut Festival of the weekend.
Dallasites flocked to sample donuts from local and less local stores at the sold-out Dallas Donut Festival on Sunday.
When it took over the Four Corners Brewery in The Cedars neighborhood, three sessions of donut devotees devoured delicacies from over a dozen donut vendors – small pieces of cookies from Cookies by Chrysta, whose delightful donut-themed sugar cookies were available at their stand. to “sample” full size donuts from Lewisville Earnest Donuts. Most of the samples were small or cut into quarters, which was enough when combined with the rest of the day’s goodies, which included beer and other goodies.
The creators of the festival, Dallas lifestyle blogger Brandon Baker of Brandon Does Dallas and local donut blogger Rory Balkin of Donut Digest have teamed up with a long list of sponsors, donors and donut eaters to make the day one pretty make sweet success. Each of the three sessions of the day started with crowds and long lines, but when people realized that there were lots of rehearsals the tension eased and people enjoyed themselves.
“Our first Dallas Donut Fest went off without a hitch – every pinch went perfectly,” says Baker. “Rory and I have used our experience at previous events to create one that any guest, regardless of age, would enjoy! We look forward to coming back next year, bigger, better, sweeter. ”
The complaint Baker received the most? Selling out. So tickets. The three sessions were sold out days before the event. 270 VIP session tickets are $ 50 and general sessions are $ 35. VIPs were given a bonus donut seller (The Art of Donut from San Antonio), a cute DDF swag, and the absolute earliest possible access to the candy. But the strict two-hour windows of each session and the lack of door-swings ensured there were enough donuts for anyone who paid to attend. And although over 800 people came through the doors last weekend, there was a sense of community there. a community of donut lovers.
“Donuts can bring people together,” says Jinny Cho of Friscos Detour Donuts. “That’s the great thing about donuts – their accessibility. Even though most of the stores there were gourmet, people weren’t afraid to try crazy flavors from stores they’d never been to! It was a great opportunity for everyone to try our donuts … especially those who can’t make it to Frisco. ”
Another highlight of the day was the Fort Worth Dough Boy Donuts, who prepared their wares in their food truck outside the venue so they could serve samples warm from the oven.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I thought it was going well,” says Melvin Roberson of the store. “Ideally, I wanted to freshly dress donuts within the venue, but there was no electricity near our stand. Everyone was super nice and super excited, which helped ease the tension a little with the setup. ”
They offered attendees a selection of mini donuts in Sriracha Maple Bacon, Fairy Dust, Butter Pecan, and Hot Cheetos.
“We really wanted to have some things that the participants couldn’t get anywhere else,” he adds. “Some people were concerned or even put off by the options, but I think that regardless of how they felt, those options were 1,000 percent noticed and unforgettable.”
Other suppliers brought everything from donut-taco hybrids and filled “dumpling” donuts from Sara’s donut story in Flower Mound to momo donuts with mini M & Ms to hypnotic donuts with bacon. Fat Straws even brought their donut wall made of mochi donuts for the occasion.
Festival co-creator Rory Balkin sat happily at a high table for much of the festival, perfectly pregnant and wearing a crown of felt donuts – one suitable for a queen. This weekend she reported on a super successful opening event.
Says Balkin: “I knew I had always wanted to plan a donut festival, but I needed the right partner, the right venue and the right combination of providers. Brandon and I were overwhelmed with the response from the DFW community! We’ll be back next year, bigger and better than before. ”
All photos by Sweet Sweet Dallas.