Doughnuts are back, baby.


Thanks to artisan producers, including Voodoo, Gourdough’s and Angel Donuts and Treats and the expansion of Krispy Kreme, doughnuts are more varied and interesting than ever, and in April, Austin will get its first festival dedicated to doughnuts.


Donut Fest has already taken place in 10 U.S. cities, but the first in Austin will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. April 19, at Hi Sign Brewing, 1201 Bastrop Highway, near the intersection of U.S. 183 and Texas 71.


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Attendees will get a chance to sample doughnuts from local doughnut shops and beers from Hi Sign, and there will also be a doughnut-eating contest and a contest to name Austin's best doughnut. Organizers haven’t announced the participating doughnut shops yet, but you can keep tabs on the event and buy tickets at donutfestaustin.eventbrite.com.


VIP tickets cost $25, which get you in the doors at 1 p.m. General admission tickets cost $15 and include a beer ticket, with entry at 3 p.m.