Pastries, not pubs! Twin Cities Donut Crawl adds second day


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Pub crawls are getting more and more popular in the Twin Cities these days, between brewery hopping, pedal pubs and, of course, the infamous zombie crawl that attracted over 15,000 of the undead to Minneapolis a few weeks ago – which earned the award for "largest gathering of zombies" from the Guinness Book of World Records.

But this year Minneapolis has added a whole new crawl category to the list – donuts.

It's the same setup as a standard pub crawl: A prepaid ticket – $25 in this case – gets you access to the event, a cup of coffee at Five Watt on Nicollet Avenue, a free t-shirt, a few coupons for any future forays in frosted confections, and of course, a specially made donut at Bogart's Donuts, Mel-O-Glaze Bakery and A Baker's Wife.

Tickets sold out for the Nov. 8 event only two weeks after they first went on sale, but on Saturday organizers announced a second day for crawlers to get their sugar fix.

If any of your favorite donut shops aren't on the crawl this year, never fear. CityPages reports they hope to tack on a few more stops next year, including Glam Doll, Granny's Donuts, YoYo and Denny's 5th Avenue Bakery.

If three donuts just doesn't cut it for you, there's always the VIP package. For $65, you'll get an extra donut at each shop and a commemorative zip-up hoodie in place of the t-shirt.

And the icing on the cake (or rather, the frosting on the donut): all proceeds from the crawl go to Second Harvest's food programs fighting hunger in the Twin Cities.

Donut crawls across the country

Minnesotans aren't the only ones to plan a donut crawl. Pastry enthusiasts in the nation's capital started the DC Donut Crawl in 2013. Buzzfeed devised its own donut journey earlier this year that hit a full dozen shops across Manhattan and Brooklyn.

In fact, this donut crawls isn't even new to Minnesota. Organizer Jason Westplate told CityPages he took part in the Twin Cities' "Sugar Slam" donut crawls last November and early this summer.

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