Gingerbread House Competition Registration
The St. Cloud Downtown Council is hosting a Gingerbread House Competition as part of the 2016 Winter Nights & Lights Festival. The gingerbread house entries will be on display at the Courtyard by Marriott between December 5 - 10. Votes will be cast by paper ballot.
Votes will be tallied on Saturday, December 10 by 12:00 pm (noon). First, second and third place prizes will be announced as part of the Jedi Tree Lighting Ceremony (6:00 - 7:00 pm on the corner of 10th Avenue and West St. Germain Street). Prizes will be awarded by the Marriott.
Gingerbread House Competition Rules
- Entrants must register for the competition no later than Wednesday, November 30 by 4pm (CST).
- Group entries are allowed. Only one (1) gingerbread house per participant/group.
- All gingerbread house entries must in in the form of a house or related to the Festival theme "May the Frost be With You"
- Include your name and Gingerbread House Title in a visible place on the base.
- Must be placed on a plywood board base not exceeding 18 inches X 18 inches. Cardboard bases will not be accepted.
- Must be 100% edible candy/embellishments/materials except the base board and candy wrappers. Non-edible support structure materials other than the baseboard may not be used.
- No artificial interior materials, such as styrofoam, are to be used to construct or decorate.
- Non-edible decorations, such as paint, ribbon, figurines, etc. may be used ONLY to decorate your base.
- Provide a list of materials used to create your gingerbread house along with brief description should be submitted with your entry.
- All entries must be delivered for display to The Courtyard by Marriott, 404 W. St. Germain St, St. Cloud by Monday, December 5 by 12:00 pm (noon).
- Entries may be picked up on Sunday, December 11 by 5:00 pm. Failure to do so will result in the disposal of your entry.
Thank you for entering our Gingerbread House Competition!
If you have any questions regarding the contest entry or rules, please contact Katie Graham, at: email@example.com.
Gingerbread House Tips and Recipes
· Royal icing is the glue that holds the gingerbread house and materials together. The icing should be stiff enough to work as a glue and hold its shape, but flexible enough to spread easily.
· To prevent freshly made royal icing from hardening, keep a moist towel over the mixing bowl.
· If you would like to color your icing, use paste food coloring. Liquid food coloring will thin out the icing.
· Let the icing dry completely. If your icing is soft, the walls and roof will slip and slide around when you add candy and decorations. Below you will find two recipes for royal icing and resources for gingerbread templates. Please feel free to find and use any recipe you would like!
Royal Icing Recipe 1: 3 tablespoons meringue powder • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar • 6 tablespoons water. Directions: Beat all ingredients at low speed for 7-10 minutes or until icing forms peaks.
Royal Icing Recipe 2: 3 cups confectioners' suga r • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar • 2 egg whites, beaten. Directions : In a bowl, sift together confectioners' sugar and cream of tartar. Using electric mixer, beat in 2 beaten egg whites for about 5 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to hold its shape.