Last Sunday, Dave and I took friends Donna and Vytas to Asheville to the Grove Park Inn to see the gingerbread house competition display. (It’s their story that I’ve written in Rock & a Hard Place, A Lithuanian Love Story.) They enjoyed it, and so did we.
The gingerbread tradition at the Grove Park Inn began in 1992, as a Christmas display by some community members. There was no plan to continue it either, but now that little display is a National Gingerbread Competition, featured in magazines and on TV nationally. Entries are from many states; adults, teens, youth, and children compete. They run the gamut from Star Wars to castles, to Santa’s workshop, to swimming pigs. Fondant and marzipan are two things I never learned to do and I won’t be adding that to my repertoire. But the animals and characters that people create for these displays amaze me. I’m more of an M & Ms decorator. Tootsie rolls and gumdrops are good, too.
If you’d like more information or would like to enter the 2017 competition, check out this website. The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, is worth the trip anytime but especially when it’s decorated for Christmas.