Zehnder’s Annual Squashtoberfest is on Monday, October 22nd from 9am – 3pm.
So what is Squashtoberfest? It’s Zehnder’s autumn celebration in honor of all things squash and pumpkin. In conjunction with Pioneer Sugar, WSGW Radio, & Tomac Pumpkin Patch, Zehnder’s proudly hosts a one-of–a-kind quirky competition. It’s an all day three-event cooking competition where we invite all home cooks, aspiring amateur chefs and TV Food Network “foodies” to submit their favorite squash/pumpkin recipes and pit their culinary skills against other squash aficionados for cash and prizes.
There are three categories ….soup, savory main dishes and sweet desserts. You can enter one or more categories with your favorite recipe that has a main ingredient of squash or pumpkin.
What exactly qualifies as a squash or pumpkin??? Any member of the gourd family qualifies. This includes summer varieties with thin skins and edible seeds like zucchini and yellow crookneck squash plus winter squash varieties with hard skins and hard shell seeds. Included in the winter category is butternut, hubbard, buttercup, spaghetti, patty pan, to name just a few. Click here for official entry form and rules.
If you don’t want to compete, just come for all or part of the day to see what the excitement is all about. We start at 9 a.m. with the Soup Category and then move on to the Savory and finish up with the Sweet Deserts. We will have demonstrations, guest speakers, door prize drawings along with the opportunity to vote for your favorite jam, jelly or preserve. Admission is FREE!
A new feature for this year’s Squashtoberfest is the Patti Mills LaLonde Future Culinarian Stars Competition. Patti was a local food writer, food blogger and advocate of promoting young culinary students. She was a regular judge of food events in the Saginaw and Bay City area. In her honor, we have asked the instructors at the Saginaw Career Center, the Bay Arenac Skill Center and the Tuscola Tech Center if they would participate in a dessert competition at Squashtoberfest. They all enthusiastically said YES.
Six junior and senior high school culinary arts students from each of the schools will present three dessert dishes using squash. They will be judged by a panel of event sponsors, media representatives and chefs. Trophies and cash to be used for the culinary programs of all three programs will be awarded.
For more information call Zehnder’s Guest Services Office at (844) 288-1484 or click here to download a brochure.