Camden Donut Festival


Community Happenings
Aug 11, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Drawing on local lore, food history and a lot of sugar, Steel House’s Alexis Iammarino and Camden Public Library present the 2018 Camden Donut Festival Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre.

Everyone is invited to join in for doughnut and coffee tastings, storytelling and readings from “Hole History: Origins Of The American-Style Donut.” Historical documents from the library’s Walsh History Center Archives will be on display in the Picker Room, offering a chance to dig into the history of how Midcoast Maine has claim over the creation of the hole in the doughnut.

The regular Saturday Story Time for All Ages with Miss Loraine will be doughnut-themed and take place in the amphitheater, if the weather is nice. Story time is at 10 a.m.

The full schedule is as follows:

10 a.m.: Mingling on the lawn with coffee and doughnuts; also story time for all ages with Miss Loraine.

10:30 a.m.: Iammarino will read Fred Crockett’s account of the creation of the hole in the doughnut, followed by a selection from the book’s opening essay by local food historian Sandy Oliver. Open sign-up for storytelling contest begins (tell your version of who put the hole in the doughnut).

12:30 p.m.: Kids Storytelling Contest

1:15 p.m.: Adults Storytelling Contest

1:30 p.m.: Costume Parade and Awards Ceremony.

This event is part of a 2018 Kindling Fund project, awarded to artist Iammarino and designer Maeve O’Regan to design and publish a catalog from the 2017 exhibition curated by Iammarino called “Hole History: Origins of the American-style Donut,” a collection of art, performance and writing that responded to a claim that the hole-in-the-doughnut was singularly invented by a 19th-century sea captain from Rockport.