The Golden Gaytime Doughnut, Ahhh Donuts!, Melbourne, Victoria
By Georgia Rickard
Published: 10 March, 2017
Is this the greatest festival ever invented? The founder of the world’s first celebration of doughnuts and beer, Ngoc Le, thinks so. “Beer is Australia’s traditional drink of choice,” she says, “and everyone loves doughnuts. It’s a winning combination.”
Donut Fest (no relation to the American event) will take place this Sunday and Monday (12-13 March) in Melbourne, offering visitors the chance to taste a range of the city’s best doughnuts alongside a hand-picked selection of Australian beers. Don’t expect a typical doughnut experience, Le warns - you'll find doughnuts of every colour and shape here, plus doughnuts incorporating Australia’s favourite delicacies “as well as vegan, gluten-free, and raw options”.
Some unique beers will also be making an appearance, with taco- and lavender-flavoured beers by Melbourne's Two Birds brewery Le's top picks. Beer complements doughnuts surprisingly well, she adds - even unusually-flavoured beer. “Lavender-flavoured beer for example, pairs very nicely with a floral or fruity doughnut.” The menu will feature suggested pairings, but these four delicacies are sure to be festival highlights.