Much like the Grove Park Inn, the historic resort hotel in Asheville that hosts this nationally-known event, the gingerbread houses in the National Gingerbread House Competition are architecturally stunning. And visiting the display beginning Nov. 16 is a sure way to get into the holiday spirit.
Each year, artists from around the country bring their confectionary masterpieces to compete for the top prize. Last year’s competition included a gingerbread Noah’s ark, rocking horse, tree house and church – all made from entirely edible items.
And this year’s competition brings a new twist: dog-friendly edible houses. The Grove “Bark” Inn Gingerbread Doghouse Competition & Display takes place December 4-7 and benefits local animal charities. The criteria for the gingerbread doghouses are the same as the National Gingerbread House Competition, but all materials must be dog-edible. Competitors must avoid ingredients harmful to dogs, including chocolate, raisins and walnuts.
The National Gingerbread House Competition conducts “Stories of Gingerbread” tours, which take guests behind the scenes of this popular holiday event to learn about the construction of the intricate homes.
A panel will judge the entries across four categories: Adult (18 and older), Teen (13-17), Youth (9-12) and Child (5-8). Entries are judged on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme.
ABC’s “Good Morning America” has been hosting winners of the National Gingerbread House Competition since 1998, and the Food Network and the Travel Channel have also featured the competition. Several of this year's entries will be featured on “Good Morning America” on Dec. 23.
Want to go?National Gingerbread House CompetitionFree to the public, Nov. 16- Jan. 1, Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (resort guests may view the display at any time).Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa290 Macon Ave., Asheville.800-438-5800 www.groveparkinn.com