A friend of mine said that people go to the Easter Show and gaze in wondrous awe at the amazing display of fresh produce… then go and buy a chip on a stick.

It’s true. I have been to the Easter Show nearly every year for the past 4 or 5 years (cancelled last year due to COVID) and wondered why on earth, for an agricultural show, 90% of the ready-to-eat food is absolute rubbish. Try and buy a fresh salad – good luck. But if you want deep-fried reconstituted meat-extender dipped in sauce, not a problem.

Having said that, the choice of doughnuts at the Easter Show ranges from the best to the worst.

Let’s start with the best.

Donut Papi and Berliner Bakery are not far from each other in the Woolworths Dome. These doughnut makers are two of the best in Sydney. It’s nice to see them at the Show.

Donut Papi sells some of their merchandise as well as a fairly wide range of flavours considering the small stand they have.

Berliner Bakery has kept it simple, selling their usual range of four flavours – Custard, Nutella, Raspberry Jam and Rhubarb & Custard.

Also in the Dome is the stand selling Hot Cinnamon Donut Puffs. In previous years they have had 2 stands, but it looks like they are down to one this year. They are pretty good, especially if you like hot cinnamon doughnuts.

In the pavilion next to the Food Dome is a milkbar called Positano selling coffee and doughnuts. The doughnuts are commercially made.

And there’s a stand called Grandpa’s Dairy for some reason also selling commercially made doughnuts.

There is a stand that sells Hot Jam Ball Doughnuts. It’s a bit hard to find, but it’s near the kids’ rides. The doughnuts are freshly made and aren’t too bad.

There are a few places that sell Cinnamon Doughnuts, among other things like Dagwood Dogs and hot chips. I hate to say it, but these look dreadful. They are skinny doughnuts that look more like onion rings than doughnuts. Strictly carnie food.

There is a coffee and doughnuts caravan along one of the roads where you can also get some freshly made warm cinnamon doughnuts. Not too bad!

You’ll find a few places selling custard-filled Italian doughnuts in the style of canoli.

There is also a place called Adore selling cronuts – commercially made ones.

There are also a few places selling churros, but I think in Australia the churros craze has died a natural death.

You might find one or two other places selling doughnuts, but I think I found them all.

I’d like to point out that as usual, the baking competition does not include a doughnut category or, at least, a doughnut entry.

Thanks to COVID, the Easter Show isn’t as grand or as packed as previous years. There are many stands missing who have either chosen not to do the Show this year, or have gone out of business thanks to COVID. Attendance has been capped at 60,000 – for days like Good Friday, that number is about half of what the normal attendance would be.

I hope you get the chance to go to the Show and support some of the great small businesses there.