Friday, June 2, is National Donut Day.
Although half-baked food is the holidays — it seems like every day is different — there’s a touching history behind this annual observance. During World War I, the Salvation Army sent women near the front lines in France with coffee and baking supplies to boost the morale of the troops. In 1938, the Salvation Army honored the women by declaring the first Friday in June as National Donut Day.
It’s a tradition for many Rochester-area businesses to mark the day with freebies and other specials. They are available while supplies last, so it’s best to visit early.
Golden Harvest Bakery
Golden Harvest Bakery will give away a free glazed or cinnamon sugar donut to every customer on Friday. Plus, customers can stand a chance to win a gift card, dozen of donuts, a fritter, a donut and more freebies. At 368 Jefferson Road in Henrietta, it opens at 7:30 a.m
Further:Henrietta’s Bakery has donuts and a warm welcome to the deaf community
Ridge Donut Cafe
Ridge Donut Cafe will give every customer a free fried cake, no purchase necessary. It also makes a special carrot cake donut. Ridge Donut Cafe, 1600 Portland Ave., opens at 6 p.m
Donuts Delite will be offering free mini apple fritters at both locations at 674 West Ridge Road and 1700 Culver Road at Empire Boulevard. Both locations open at 6am
Shute’s Apple Mill
Schutt’s Apple Mill will offer a free glazed, cinnamon and sugar or plain fried cake to each of its visitors on Friday “for being awesome.” Schutt’s Apple Mill, 1063 Plank Road in Pennfield, opens at 9 a.m.
Hanioi Waterfall Market and Mendon Grassland Market
Honeoye Falls Marketplace and Mendon Meadows Marketplace will offer a free donut to customers who make a purchase between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Homemade donuts at Hanoi Falls Market. Hanioye Falls Market is located at 166 W. Main St., Hanioye Falls. Mendon Meadows Marketplace is located at 51 Assembly Drive, Mendon.
Enjoy a free classic donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage.
Sunny’s Donuts will be giving away a free fried cake with any purchase, as well as some fun donut specials. The store, located at 3885 Route 104 in Williamson, opens at 5 a.m.
All Rochester Wegmans stores will offer a variety of flavored donuts; Choice varies.
Every Friday is Donut Day at The Red Fern. On National Donut Day, it will offer vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free banana donuts. A baked banana, chocolate and strawberry donut is topped with vanilla buttercream, chocolate syrup, rainbow sprinkles and a maraschino cherry. They’re available for $6 each when delivered in-store (pre-orders recommended) or via DoorDash & GrubHub. 283 Oxford St. near Red Fern Park Ave. Opens at 11 am
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