Lorraine’s Inc. Cake and Candy Supplies of Hanover held its seventh annual gingerbread house contest this last weekend. Visitors to the store in Hanover were invited to vote for their favorites. Entries were put into four categories: children’s (up to age 10); youth (ages 11-15); adult (ages 16 and up) and the ‘pros’ (5 years experience or being a previous first place winner). The winner should be announced today (the 15th)!
Take a look at their picture gallery to see the many entrants this year. There is also a video of the fun on the same page.
The Queen of Cake- Colette Peters will show you to bake impressive cookies with your kids this holiday season. Basic Sugar Cookie; Gingerbread Cookies; Royal Icing…..yummy, yummy! Learn from the best! These gorgeous cookies would also make great gifts and stocking stuffers and would probably win you 1st place in any cookie contest. Read more here and recipe here too!
The Gingerbread Princess is a sweet keepsake book with a collection of irresistible Gingerbread delights! This book was created by a true Gingerbread lover and we hope the enthusiasm she has for Gingerbread engages you to get excited about Gingerbread too! You will find sweet recipes for cookies, cakes, pies, beverages, and hot and cold things too. Each 42page eBook offers dozens of tasty treats for Christmas, get-togethers and inspirational recipes for the holiday season. This one is perfect for stocking stuffers and gift exchanges and personal use.
Some delights you will discover are:
Alpine Princess Gingerbread Tree Cookies
Gingerbread Princess Chai Tea Chunks
Gingerbread Princess Oatmeal Cookies
Mocha Java Ginger Princess Bites
Deliciously Ginger Princess Caramel Cake
Mini Princess Gingerbread Cheesecakes
Vanilla Gingerbread Princes Crème Brûlée
Ginger Toffee Butter Princes Bars
Happy Princess New Year! Gingerbread Martini
Purchasing details here.
Each year the Grove Park Inn Resort in Ashville, North Carolina hosts the world-famous Gingerbread House competition. Gingerbread artists and decorators come from near and far to participate in this annual competition. Below are the 2009 winners that were announced this past November 16, 2009.
Grand Prize Winning Entry 2009 Grove Park Gingerbread Competition is Jodie Stowe, of Polkville, North Carolina.
First Place Winning Entry in the Adult Category – Created by Ann Bailey of Cary, North Carolina
Second Place Winning Entry in the Adult Category – Created by Billy Mochow of Burns, Tennessee
First Place Winning Entry in the Youth Category – Created by Lydia Gentry of Hendersonville, North Carolina
Mark your calendars for November 14, 2009 as this is the date of the 2009 New York State Gingerbread House Competition and registration will close on October 31, 2009 and this competition will benefit Habitat for Humanity. 65 Gingerbread Houses is the goal this year! Visit here for details.
Gingerbread is celebrated each year with National Gingerbread Day in June in the state of California. The most popular time in which Gingerbread is recognized, however, is winter during four or five weeks before Christmas.
Annual Gingerbread Contests, Displays and Events:
Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Wineries Contest. Occurs every year from Dec. 1 – 31. Contest entries are displayed at participating wineries.
Half Moon Bay Ritz-Carlton Gingerbread Contest. All Gingerbread House creations are displayed in early December. Auction bids are accepted for houses, after the pastry chefs from The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay leads a panel of judges in selecting the winners in each category. Criteria include structural design, creative use of materials, detailing, and overall design excellence. Award winners are announced during the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. Read more here.
Grove Park Inn National Gingerbread House Competition 11-17-08
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Mrs. Billie Mochow of Burns, TN
From Grove Park Inn, Billie Mochow from Burns, Tennessee has been named the Grand Prize winner of the 2008 National Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, N.C. Seven judges deliberated for more than six hours on Monday to determine the winners among four categories: Adult, Teen 13-17 and Youth 9 to 12 and Child 8 and under. More than 600 spectators watched the judging process in the resort’s Grand Ballroom. There were a total of 124 Youth, 73 Teen and 203 Adult entries in the 17th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition.
The difference between the grand prize winner, a whimsical holiday carousel by Billie Mochow of Burns, Tenn., and the first place winner, was just a couple points. Mochow’s dedication may have made the difference. She said she ended up having to bake the deer for the carousel 36 times.
Also new: A doubled cash prize for the grand prize winner. Mochow, who won first place last year, took home $3,000 and a two-night stay at the inn. More than $12,000 in cash and prizes were awarded during Monday night’s ceremony. Read More Here.
Grove Park Inn National Gingerbread House Competition
Photos of the winning Adult 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place Gingerbread Houses.