Zehnder’s Snowfest – 25th Anniversary

12625635_10100132003361664_1868972748_nBy Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

It’s hard to believe that more than 25 years ago two guys, Bill Doering and Pete Rumsey; came walking into our offices and discussed their idea of having a winter festival featuring ice and snow carvers. They thought Frankenmuth would make an ideal location and Zehnder’s a great sponsor. They had an idea and we had nothing better to do.
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Zehnder’s Snowfest Michigan Apple Recipe Contest Winners

apple pasta[PHOTOS] On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Snowfest guests and participants enjoyed entertainment, apple peeling, sample eating and cookie decorating contests while Apple Recipe contestants vied for the top 3 spots in four categories: Pasta, Desserts and Sandwiches.

The winners of the Michigan Apple Recipe Contest:
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Zehnder’s Snowfest Snow Sculpting Awards

1st Place & People's Choice

1st Place & People’s Choice

See the top talent of the High School, State and World Snow Sculpting Competition at Zehnder’s 25th Anniversary Snowfest…

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Zehnder’s Snowfest Ice Carving Awards

IMG_4696[PHOTOS] As part of Zehnder’s Snowfest, college students from across the U.S. competed in three ice carving events over three days for scholarship dollars. The overall winners of the National Ice Carving Association U.S. National Collegiate Ice Carving Championship are:
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There is Still Time to Make a Snowfest Impression…

Penguin KissesTook pictures during Snowfest? Make a Snowfest Impression and enter your favorite photo now through February 15th to the official Zehnder’s Snowfest Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/zsnowfest) or post on Twitter or Instagram and use hashtag #ZSnowfest.
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Zehnder’s Takes Home Top Honors at 24th American Culinary Federation’s Annual Hot Food Competition

IMG_4754[PHOTOS] Once again, Zehnder’s played host to the American Culinary Federation Professional Chefs 24th Annual Hot Food Competition. Culinary students and local chefs competed in the finale event of Zehnder’s Snowfest on February 1, 2016 within 4 categories – Seafood, Poultry, Pork and Pastry. This year’s event featured “a Culinary Salute to Mardi Gras” with proceeds benefiting the Saginaw East Side Soup Kitchen After School Dinner Program dedicated to the memory of Cajun Chef Paul Prudhomme (1940-2015).
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24th Annual Chefs Hot Food Competition and Tasting – February 1, 2016

IMG_8628Zehnder’s plays host to the American Culinary Federation Professional Chefs 24th Annual Hot Food Competition. Culinary students and local chefs will compete in the finale event
of Zehnder’s Snowfest on February 1, 2016 within 4 categories – Seafood, Poultry, Pork and Pastry. This year’s event features “a Culinary Salute to Mardi Gras” with proceeds benefiting the Saginaw East Side Soup Kitchen After School Dinner Program and is dedicated to the memory of Cajun Chef Paul Prudhomme (1940-2015).
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25 Tips to Survive Snowfest

12650416_10100132003426534_418717194_nZehnder’s Snowfest is celebrating its 25th year of winter fun in Frankenmuth January 27th-February 1st, 2016. Your family can shake that cabin fever and enjoy the art of snow and ice carvings, free family activities and warming tent entertainment. You’re probably thinking to yourself, a festival in the middle of a Michigan winter is only for the toughest crowds. We are here to change your mind with a list of 25 tips to help you survive Snowfest and make family memories that will last a lifetime!
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Zehnder’s Snowfest Celebrates 25th Anniversary January 27-February 1, 2016

Snowfest2008_462FRANKENMUTH, MI – January 18, 2016 – Michigan’s premiere snow and ice carving event will celebrate 25 years of creating artful winter masterpieces in Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Bavarian-themed village. This year’s Zehnder’s Snowfest, January 27 through February 1, will present a continuous menu of competitive events featuring world-class ice and snow sculptors. Whether watching carvers, voting for favorites, enjoying live entertainment, dancing, riding a carousel or a pony, there is something for everyone.
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Happy New Year!

Al standing in front of new parkTo all our friends and loyal guest I extend to all of you the very best in the New Year.
Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just getting away with the family, Zehnder’s has been making memories, one family at a time, for generations.
As our family enters our 87th year in the business of hospitality, we stand ready to be a part of your family time and celebrations.

Our entire family and staff look forward to your visit where we stand by our promise “Every Guest Leaves Satisfied.” Hope to have you back soon.

Sincerely,

Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

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