Squashtoberfest | Zehnder's of Frankenmuth


By Chef John Zehnder, CEC, ACE, HGT, AAC

If you’re looking for something to do on Tuesday, October 23, you ought to think about coming to Zehnder’s Restaurant! Why you ask? Because it’s Squashtoberfest! Each year in September, we host one of the most unique and interesting events in the Great Lakes Bay area, a squash cooking contest where the public is invited to watch local folks face off head-to-head preparing recipes in three distinct categories; savory, soup and sweet. It’s just like the Iron Chef competitions where contestants have a limited time to cook and then have their recipes professionally judged with prizes awarded for the best tasting dishes.

Best of all, you get to taste these culinary masterpieces! Any squash is fine from the hard shelled winter varieties to the soft summer squash and zucchini type squash, we’ve even had a few pumpkins because pumpkins are from the squash family.

For the first time, we’re also hosting a jelly/jam contest in conjunction with Michigan Sugar where the public picks the overall winner. There’ll be some surprises throughout the day including an early afternoon cooking demonstration by Wild Game Chef “Dixie” Dave Minar. Need some advice on how to cook this year’s deer? Chef Dave will hang around to answer any questions you might have.

Cooking activities begin at 9 a.m. with the Savory Category ending at noon. Next comes the Soup Category running from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. And…while the soup contestants are busy we’ll feature the sweet surprise desserts from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Come early and make a day out of it or just stop by when you get a little time. We know that you’ll have fun and get to sample some good cookin’! Recipes will be available for all who attend in person.