See the Winners of the Largest Gingerbread House Competition in America

See the Winners of the Largest Gingerbread House Competition in America

'Tis the season for the coolest seasonal activities around. You won't believe what some amazing folks can do with gingerbread!

The most amazing gingerbread houses you'll ever see

largest Gingerbread house competitionCourtesy Omni Grove Park Inn

It's that time of year again—when holiday festivities come alive. From Christmas tree lighting ceremonies to contests, people across America get in the spirit of the season in many different ways. Of course, building gingerbread houses is one of them. Dating back to 16th-century Germany, when the elaborate cookie-walled houses were decorated with foil and gold leaf, gingerbread houses have been used as window decorations and given as gifts on religious holidays or birthdays.

These days, no one does gingerbread houses better than the folks who enter the National Gingerbread House Competition, hosted at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. The 27th competition, which took place on November 18, 2019, has announced its winners, and all we have to say is: Wow. These aren't your ordinary (or traditional) gingerbread houses. Celebrity chef Carla Hall was one of the judges who assessed the 226 entries from gingerbread artists of all ages and backgrounds, and she certainly had her work cut out of her. Prepare to be amazed by this year's talent, who created everything from a tiki hut and a polar bear to a grand piano!

Grand Prize Winner, Adult

largest Gingerbread house competitionCourtesy Omni Grove Park Inn

"I'm in shock," said Gail Oliver of Johnson City, Tennessee, according to the Citizen Times. "I don't do any icing or sugar work—I'm more of an artist than a baker." Oliver's gingerbread house was an astonishing sight. Called "The Water Hole," the creation consisted of a tiki hut surrounded by an isomalt lake. A monkey, a flamingo, and a toucan were among the figurines created. Impressively, they were each made with gingerbread.

The scene inside was equally inventive, featuring a colorful tortoise seated at a bar tended by a fox, with sugar-glass bottles of faux liquor situated on the shelves. "When you look inside, there's some brilliant detail," said judge and pastry chef Aaron Morgan. "There's a lot going on. The longer you look at it, the more things you see. There's just a lot of depth to it." Oliver won a $5,000 check for her winning entry. If this inspires you to make your own seasonal spectacle, check out these 12 tricks for a picture-perfect gingerbread house.

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