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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 ~ Vol. 108 No. 35
POBLANO’S MEXICAN GRILL AND CANTINA . . . will be one of 31 vendors participating in the 22nd annual “Great Taste of Frankenmuth,” presented by the Frankenmuth Noon Rotary Club from 5-8pm Thursday, March 13. Above, Lisa and Chuck Stadler, owners of Poblano’s, show off their chicken chipotle tacos, homemade tortilla chips and fixing they will be serving at the Taste. (News photo)
Rotary's Taste to feature a record 31 food vendors
Five new food and beverage vendors will be a part of the annual “Great Taste of Frankenmuth” this year.
The 22nd annual event will be held 5-8pm Thursday, March 13, at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth. The event is presented by the Frankenmuth Noon Rotary Club.
This is the first year the Taste will be held at two locations as a record 31 businesses will be serving their best dishes and beverages.
Tickets are $20 each and available from any Noon Rotarian, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth or at the door.
All proceeds from the Great Taste will benefit the Cass River Dam Fish Passage Project. The Rotary has committed proceeds to the dam for three years and this is the final year. Last year, some $17,000 was raised and earmarked for the renovation project.
The new vendors for 2014 are Panda Water Ice and Sorbetto Haus, the Old Christmas Station, T-Dub’s, Poblano’s Mexican Grill and Cantina and the recently-opened Michigan on Main Bar & Grill, formerly the Roof Garten, in the Bavarian Inn.
The rest of the vendor roster is as follows: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Satow Drugs Kaffee Stube, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, McDonald’s of Frankenmuth, Zehnder’s Restaurant, Z-Chef’s Café, Kern’s Sausages, The Popcorn Wagon, Sullivan’s Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill, Independence Village of Frankenmuth, Those Nature People, Frankenmuth Burger King, Kroger of Frankenmuth, Great Lakes Olive Oil Company, Zak’s Kandy Haus, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Frankenmuth Kaffee Haus, Hungry Howie’s, DaVinci’s Italian Restaurant, SugarHigh Bakery, SugarRush, Frankenmuth 7-Eleven, Tiffany’s Food & Spirits, Harvest Coffee House, and Sue & Esther’s American Tea Room.
Sixteen vendors will be set up in the Inn’s Crest and Alpine Rooms while Zehnder’s will accommodate 15 vendors in its Main Dining Room and Towne Hall Room.
“This is a pilot program. If it works well, we’ll discuss it at a future Rotary meeting,” Vender Chairperson Deb Hardin said.
The Frankenmuth Police Department will staff the South Main Street intersection, to assist with pedestrian traffic between the two venues.
For the second year, the Rotary is encouraging businesses to spruce up their booths and enter the best display contest. The winning table will be featured in a photo for the Frankenmuth News.
The Rotary will also be conducting its cash raffle at the end of the night.
Imelda Leix is the 2014 Taste of Frankenmuth chairperson. For more information, visit the Taster of Frankenmuth Facebook page.