Saturday, December 5, 2015

4th Annual Gingerbread Competition

The American Institute of Architects-Southwestern Oregon Chapter and Architects Building Community invite everybody to participate in Eugene’s 4th Annual Gingerbread Competition and Silent Auction. The contest is an opportunity for gingerbread architects and artisans of all ages and abilities to show off their creativity and culinary crafting skills! An expert jury of confectioners and lovers of all things wonderfully sweet and beautiful will award prizes to the gingerbread creations they deem the most deserving. 

Each entrant will design, bake, assemble, and decorate a fully edible or compostable gingerbread structure. The organizers will prominently display all of the submitted entries between Friday, December 11 and December 25, 2015 in an assortment of downtown Eugene storefronts. The competition is without question a festive tradition worth supporting and participating in! 

Interested in taking part? If so, be sure to submit your entry form online before this coming Thursday, December 10. Once you’ve entered, use every ounce of your imagination to design your own inimitable gingerbread fantasy. Delight, whimsy, inventiveness, and enchantment are definitely the order of the day. 

Note that the displayed structures will be unrefrigerated. Build your entry upon a sturdy decorated base no larger than 24” x 24”. The base doesn’t have to be compostable but the rest of the structure should be. The finished design should not overhang the base. There are no height restrictions, but like all good architecture, your gingerbread handiwork must be structurally sound (just in case the “big one” rattles us this holiday season!).

Deliver your creation between 6:00pm and 8:00pm on Thursday, December 10 OR between 11:00am and 1:00pm on Friday, December 11 to the Octagon, Center for Architecture, located at 92 East Broadway.  

Judging will take place on Saturday, December 12 and will be based on the creativity of approach, quality of construction, and observation of the rules. Awards include, but are not limited to: 
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Best in Show
  • Most Unusual
  • Most Innovative use of Materials
  • Most Accurate Recreation of an Existing Building 
Since its inception just a few short years ago, the Gingerbread Competition has grown to become a Eugene holiday tradition. I expect this year’s addition to be bigger and better than ever and a seasonally welcome addition to the downtown scene! 

What: 4th Annual Gingerbread Competition 

When: December 11-25, 2015 

Where (display): Assorted downtown Eugene storefronts 

Entry Deadline: December 10, 2015 

Cost:  FREE

Entry Forms: HERE

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