NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8:33 PM
The winning doughnut the “cannoli” doughnut by Jule Hazou, 53, founder and owner of Glaze Donuts Corporation in New Milford, NJ, (not pictured) at the Donut Fest NYC at Verboten in Williamsburg, New York, Saturday, January 23, 2016. (Shawn Inglima/ for New York Daily News)
The wicked weather couldn’t dampen the sugary spirits of doughnut lovers who gathered in Brooklyn to celebrate their favorite fried confection.
Nearly 400 people packed Verboten, a Williamsburg nightclub, for Donut Fest NYC Saturday afternoon to taste and rate some creative ring-shaped offerings.
As snow spun and whirled in the lashing winds outside, bakers and restaurateurs whipped up crullers, rings and long-johns with the hopes of walking away with the coveted title of Best Donut.
Foodies Heather Dixon, 21, and Abigail Kerns, 23, took a two-hour trek to check out the pastries.
Dough chocolate doughnuts at the Donut Fest NYC at Verboten in Williamsburg, New York, Saturday, January 23, 2016. (Shawn Inglima/ for New York Daily News)
“I’m more of a croissant girl, but these ones are the bomb!” Dixon said as she sampled the goods.
The pastry party was in full swing as a DJ spun ’90s hip-hop, ’70s soul, and plenty of David Bowie for the sweet-roll-obsessed masses.
Starasia Wright, 19, who made the trip from Queens to take part in the fest, said she and a friend were undeterred by the weather.
Jule Hazou, 53, founder and owner of Glaze Donuts Corporation in New Milford, NJ, is the winner at Donut Fest NYC with his cannoli doughnuts.
“I asked him if he wanted to go and he said ‘Yes, of course!’ ” Wright said. “Wherever there’s food, that’s where I like to be.”
Proceeds from ticket sales went to the Food Bank of New York City and many of the attendees got into the spirit of the event with doughnut-themed apparel.
Troy Neal, 38, an owner of the The Doughnut Project, a recently opened West Village shop, offered a ricotta-stuffed take on the pastry glazed with hot pink icing made from beets, dubbed “These Beets are Dope.”
“I’m a bartender, so we have some cocktail-themed doughnuts. Amaro Jelly has black mission figs and toasted almonds, and our Old Fashioned will have bourbon butter whipped cream, orange glaze with bitters, and a cherry compote,” Neal said of his creamy creations.
Christopher Hallowell, 31, and Dan Dunbar, 32, of Williamsburg’s Dun-Well Doughnuts presented the event’s only vegan options, which were also possibly the most decadent — raspberry mocha doughnuts filled with chocolate coffee Bavarian cream, topped with a chocolate cake doughnut and garnished with espresso bark.
But it was Glaze Donuts, based in New Milford, N.J., that took home first prize for their Cannoli Donut.
They also displayed an Italian Rainbow Donut, evoking the iconic cookies.
New Yorkers coming out during Blizzard Jonas to attend the Donut Fest NYC at Verboten in Williamsburg, New York, Saturday, January 23, 2016. (Shawn Inglima/ for New York Daily News)
Owner Jule Hazou, 53, was inspired by the fresh doughnuts he ate as a kid while visiting farms with his family in his native New Jersey.
“I love doughnuts, I really do. . . you don’t see a lot of these places anymore,” he said. “The farms are closing.”
Raspberry Mocha doughnuts by Dun Well Doughnuts at the Donut Fest NYC at Verboten in Williamsburg, New York, Saturday, January 23, 2016. (Shawn Inglima/ for New York Daily News)
Asked if any of his creations were inspired by the doughnuts he enjoyed as a child, Hazou said they were.
“Traditional, cinnamon sugar, Jersey cream. I don’t call it Boston Cream. I have everyone calling them Jersey cream,” he added.