2011 Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn


Hi everyone, it’s time for famous yearly Gingerbread House competition at the Grove Park Inn. Below are the details from The Grove Park Inn. Hurry, get your entry in for the competition!! Visit The Grove Park Inn for details.


National Gingerbread House Competition™ & Display
Nov 14, 2011 – Jan 1, 2012

Experience the enchantment of gingerbread.

Entries are now being accepted for our 2011 National Gingerbread House Competition!

Contestants from across the country will bring their culinary masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn this holiday season. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition display is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit.

Several of this year’s entries will be featured on ABC’s Good Morning America on the morning of Friday, December 23rd!

Viewing is Nov. 16, 2011 – Jan. 1, 2012

Gingerbread House Winery Vineyard

We have been in Sonoma and Napa Valley, Wine Country in Northern California and it is as gorgeous as you might have heard or seen in pictures. Everywhere we look we are surrounded by vineyards and the rolling hills and Chateus are stunning. There is a contest each year in Sonoma where the local wineries creat their Gingerbread Houses and (just think, a Gingerbread House winery vineyard) and here are some pictures of the 2010 winner that is designed by the Larson Family Winery. Below is an excerpt from Sweet Treats, the company that created this masterpiece and it will give an idea of what it entailed. Have you thought of making a Gingerbread House Winery?

  • Approximately 12-13 pounds of gingerbread
  • 9 pounds royal icing
  • Other ingredients: rice crispy treats, fondant, gum paste, and lentil beans
  • individual pieces were formed by hand
  • Signature wine bottles and grapes were formed using a “break away” sugar recipe using a    custom mold
  • The Larson Family Winery labels are printed on frosting sheets with food coloring
  • Everything is edible
  • Grape vines are made up of rice crispy treats molded to resembled grapevines and draped in chocolate fondant
  • Total Hours involved……..VERY LONG!

Vintage Gingerbread Man & Girl Valentine’s Day Greetings

Just because Christmas is over does not mean our LOVE of Gingerbread is over! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we cannot think of a sweeter way to your “sweetie” just how much you Love you them then by a vintage / retro Valentine greeting card and how about making a Valentine’s Day themed Gingerbead House. Check back real soon as we will post all kinds of Valentines Gingerbread Houses!! Click on pics to enlarge. These are also referred to as Anthropomorphic greetings cards.

Interactive Gingerbread Man Online Coloring Page for the Kids

Don’t have your box of color crayons handy? Not a problem. We found this Web page that has a great bit of fun for the kids. No need to worry about marking up the table cloth when a pen goes wide off the paper. This interactive color site has a fun Gingerbread Man that kids of all ages (yes, that means us too!) can color between the lines using their computer. There is a wide variety of color choices so no two finished pieces of art will look the same.

If you want to keep the creation, a print feature is provided for too. The default printing looks like a full size page of paper so the Gingerbread Man will be enjoyed by many.

There are many other holiday coloring outlines available, so there is something for just about everyone.

Christmas Online Coloring Pages

Boy and Christmas Tree
Boy with Christmas Tree on Sled
Christmas Bells
Christmas Candles
Christmas Carolers
Christmas Poinsettia
Christmas Puppy
Christmas Stocking Coloring Template Outline
Printable Christmas Tree Template Outline
Christmas Tree and Chair
Fireplace with Stockings
Gingerbread Cookie
Gingerbread Man
Letters from Santa
Old Fashioned Santa with Toys
Puppy in Stocking
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa and Attack Dog Color Game
Santa Claus

Santa Going Down the Chimney
Santa’s Hat Template Outline
Santa’s Reindeer in Snow
Teddy Bear in Gift Box
Trimming the Tree Decorations

Sneak a peak at the Fort Concho Gingerbread Competition

We have to admit we didn’t know about this annual event. But, some friends where buzzing through and took some pictures to let us know what we were missing. There is some real talent at Gingerbread House building in Fort Concho! Great job to all 28 house builder entries this year.

If you would like to know a bit more, there are two local TV station mentions worth a look. This one is about a San Angelo family and their yearly get together to put their contest entry together. And another TV News video on the competition… it’s great to see so many folks joining in to do a local event like this one. There was some very loving work put into so many wonderful creations.

Here is one shot from the Jackson Family… be sure to visit their site to see many more pictures they took of the houses on display.

It’s a free Gingerbread Man game for the iPhone

The Gingerbread Men are getting into everything these days. Now, a free iPhone game that is being talked about as a fun kids and adult game.

Think of it as a Run-Slide-Jump points game where you take your Gingerbread Man through moves to get him through his many challenges. And yes, there are ‘many’ challenges. Very much like a mini-Ray Man. Don’t expect a ‘Shrek’ level Gingerbread Man, Oven Break has a more simple view of our editable friends. You can choose the type of game from Training, Challenge, Universe Express and Christmas Mode (not currently unlockable).

This might be a game to grab now since the developer has stated that it may not be free forever.

2010 Peddler’s Village Gingerbread House Competition & Display

2010 Peddler’s Village Gingerbread House Competition & Display
November 19, 2010 through January 1, 2011
Gingerbread House Competition Categories:  Traditional, Authentic Reproduction of a Significant Building, Amateur, Unusual 3-Dimensional Creation Student (ages 13 to 18) and KidsOnly! (ages 12 and under). Pics are of previous winners and include a Gingerbread Electric Car, Tavern On The Green Gingerbread House, Radio City Music Hall Gingerbread House and some Pretty Pink Gingerbread Houses.

World’s Largest Gingerbread House

Guinness World Records Declares 67-foot World’s Largest Gingerbread House! Gingerbread experts logged an estimated 1,700 hours in nine days to create the 1,496-square-foot magical wonder. The house consists of 14,250 pounds of Gingerbread, 4,750 pounds of icing and more than one ton of candy embellishments. It also features a magical gingerbread factory complete with animated elves. Read More Here.

Grove Park 2010 Annual National Gingerbread House Competition

Are you getting ready for the 18th annual Grove Park National Gingerbread House Competition! The competition date is November 15, 2010 and the sweet sugar and spice masterpieces will be on display November 17, 2010 – January 2, 2011 in ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA. I can’t wait to see the incredible creations for 2010!! DETAILS HERE.

Grove Park Gingerbread House Competition Esteemed Judges:

Gerry Hempel-Davis,  A judge at every National Gingerbread House Competition since its inception. She was a lifestyle contributor for several years on NBC’s Today Show and part of the production team at CBS for the Ed Sullivan Show.

Nicholas Lodge, Chef Lodge is recognized worldwide as a top instructor in the sugar craft arts and the author of numerous books. He has been a judge of the National Gingerbread House Competition since 2004.

Nadine Orenstein, Curator of the Department of Drawings and Prints of The Metropolitan Museum of Art specializing in Dutch, Flemish and German art. She brings her artistic eye and historical knowledge to the appreciation of gingerbread houses.

Colette Peters, The owner of Colette’s Cakes, a specialty cake company in New York City, she has designed celebrity cakes for Whoopi Goldberg, Al Pacino, Sting, Bette Midler, Hilary Clinton, the Rolling Stones and Yoko Ono. Pastry Art & Design magazine named her to its “Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America.”

Mark Seaman, Founder of Marked for Dessert, a boutique cake shop in Chicago. He teaches the art of gum paste flowers at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating and the French Pastry School’s L’Art du Gateau Professional Cake Decorating and Baking Program.

Steven Stellingwerf, In addition to judging competitions and conducting demonstrations, he has authored baking and sugar craft books, including “The Gingerbread Book.”

New judges for the 2010 National Gingerbread House Competition are:

Carol Gable,  has been a producer the last 15 years for the newsmagazine, “Dateline NBC”.

Michelle Pulliam, Food and Leisure Coordinator for Southern Hospitality Magazine—Traveler.

Jane Robelot,  is a nationally acclaimed television news anchor and correspondent and the recent recipient of a Peabody award. Jane interviewed such newsmakers as President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodman Clinton, Evangelist Billy Graham as well as many actors and authors.

Denny Trantham, is the Executive Chef for The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. His southern Appalachian culinary skills are reflected today in his innovative and diverse Southern elegance cuisine that is offered throughout the resort. He also works closely with the local famers in order to provide the freshest ingredients, while also supporting the local economy.

Instructables.com Gingerbread House Contest

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I just saw this over at instructables.com!
Build a gingerbread house, and enter it in our Gingerbread House Slideshow Contest to win Instructables Pro memberships and Robot t-shirt gift packs!

The rules are simple:

  • Make a gingerbread house (a joint effort with friends or family is fine) and submit a slideshow with at least three pictures of your awesome creation.
  • Include at least one overview and one detail shot of the finished gingerbread house – in-progress pictures are optional.
  • So we all know that it’s your gingerbread house, at least one of the pictures must include something with your username written on it!

Contest Starts: Dec 4, 2009
Entry Deadline: Dec 20, 2009
Voting Starts: Dec 21, 2009
Voting Ends: Dec 22, 2009
Judging Starts: Dec 23, 2009
Judging Ends: Dec 23, 2009