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Donut Fest: The first ward hosts the first annual Chicago donut competition

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The Daily Meal released a list of America’s 25 best donuts. Chicago’s own Dinkel’s Bakery, Dat Donut, Do-Rite Donuts and the Doughnut Vault made the list, with the Doughnut Vault named as number one donut in all of America.

But with so many top-notch donuts in the Windy City, which one is really the best donut in Chicago?

Donut Fest will answer that question with the first annual competition of donuts in Chicago, taking place on Jan. 26, 2014. A total of 15 restaurants will compete with their best cruller, ring or long john.

A panel of judges will include chefs and pastry chefs as well as hopefully some members of the Chicago Police Department. They will decide who has the right to be named the “Best Donut in Chicago.”

If you attend Donut Fest, you’ll get one-fourth of a donut sample from each of the 15 participants as well as coffee samples to sip between tastings. Then you’ll get to vote on your favorite donut for the “crowd favorite” prize. The whole event will take place indoors at the 1st Ward with general admission from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

So far the competing bakeries are Glazed and Infused, Beavers Coffee + Donuts, the Chop Shop, West Town Bakery, Berrista, endgrain, Firecakes, Fritz Pastry and City Dough. You can check on the growing list of competitors and coffee vendors on their website up until the day of the event.

This celebration of deep-fried treats was the idea of donut aficionado Alyssa Erickson. She got in touch with Rebecca Skoch, a lead event organizer of Chicago’s first Poutine Fest, to help put together the whole event. Rebecca’s also the reason a portion of proceeds will go to Un86’d to help support hospitality professionals in their times of need.

Rebecca explained “My sister-in-law was working her way through college as a waitress and was almost killed when she was hit by a car, so I’ve seen the effects of not being able to work an industry job first-hand.”

To be a part of this fun-filled donut fest, you can sign up for the mailing list on their website for direct emails or follow Donut Fest on Twitter or Facebook. They’ll be sure to give advanced notice when online sales are open. Prices for tickets and the tickets themselves will hopefully be available by the end of December.

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