MIDDLEBURY - The Vermont Folklife Center announces the 11th annual Vermont Gingerbread House Competition and exhibit to take place at our headquarters at 88 Main St. in Middlebury.
The exhibit will open with a public reception on December 4th from 4-6 pm and will remain open every day until Dec. 21.
Last year's event was a triumph in local creativity showcasing 55 unusual, whimsical, and delicious culinary entries from people of all ages.
Included was an incredible range of interpretations of the term Gingerbread House, including such themes as gingerbread barns, tents, space ships, pickup trucks and even an aquarium with sheets of clear sugar as the glass. The hard work and creative energy is evident in each entry, and is a great source of joy and excitement to the nearly 4,000 visitors to this annual exhibit.
Although participants are not limited to using only gingerbread in their constructions, each entry must be entirely edible above the base line and will be judged in one of the following categories: Professional, amateur, families with children 12 years old and older, families with children 11 years old and younger, children, organizations, and people's choice. The winner chosen by independent local judges in each category will receive an official certificate and a prize of Middlebury Money made possible by our sponsors and redeemable for purchases at local merchants, caf s and restaurants.
The gingerbread creations will be on display in the Center's gallery Dec. 4-21 during regular business hours. Due to the huge numbers of people attending this exhibit, we ask that all groups call ahead to schedule visits. At the close of the event many of the creations will be donated to the local hospital and nursing home.
Entry forms are available by calling 388-4964 and must be submitted by Nov. 25. Creative creations must be delivered to the gallery on Wednesday, Dec. 2, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sponsors of the exhibit are Joseph P. Carrara & Sons of Middlebury, Cabot Creamery Cooperative of Cabot, Tourterelle Restaurant and Inn of New Haven and the National Bank of Middlebury.