Posted by: Kath Usitalo | August 23, 2011

Contest Corner: Squashtoberfest

Summer squash, Detroit's Eastern Market

Got squash?

At harvest time a foodie’s fancy turns to thoughts of, “What the heck can I do with all this zucchini?”

Enter a special recipe that stars any variety of summer or winter variety of edible gourd or pumpkin in Squashtoberfest, a contest for home and amateur bakers and cooks.

Parmenter's Cider Mill, Northville

Hosted by Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, the family-owned restaurant in the heart of Michigan’s “Little Bavaria,” the day-long event has categories for soup and sweet and savory dishes that feature pumpkin or squash including zucchini, yellow crookneck, butternut, Hubbard, buttercup, spaghetti, patty pan and others.

Deadline for entering the recipe is September 23, and the cooking contest will be held Tuesday, October 25 at Zehnder’s in Frankenmuth.

Three prizes in each category are $200, $100, and $50 plus 40, 20, and 10 pounds of Pioneer Sugar and dinners at Zehnder’s. The contest is co-hosted by the Michigan sugar company and WSGW radio.

Check out the rules and start experimenting or perfecting your squash specialties.

Your neighbor with the excess zucchini crop will thank you.

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