The 2016 Sugar & Spice gingerbread display will open at The TAUNY Center at the organization’s annual Holiday Open House, on Saturday, December 3. Bakers are encouraged to get creative and imagine the camp or cottage of their dreams, build a model of their own camp or cottage, recreate a landmark, or find their own way to interpret this year’s theme to craft their own unique gingerbread house.
Since 2002, contestants from throughout the region have competed annually in various age categories as well as for the People’s Choice award, which is announced at the end of December. Past themes have included local landmarks, fairy tales, children’s literature, and gingerbread around the world.
Sugar & Spice entries must be made of gingerbread baked from scratch and be entirely edible. All entries must be dropped off at The TAUNY Center in downtown Canton between Tuesday, November 22 – Tuesday, November 29.
A registration form will include space for a brief description of the gingerbread house and/or a statement from the artist. Entries will be accepted and prizes awarded in four categories: adult (ages 18+), youth (12-17 with no adult help), children (under 12 with minimal adult help), and family/youth/community group. Entries created by groups are encouraged. Exhibition pieces, which will not enter the competition but will be on display, are also welcome. More information is available here.
To prepare for the contest, TAUNY offers a Gingerbread Workshop with expert gingerbread builder Sue Wilder on Saturday, November, 12. Details are available on TAUNY’s website calendar.
The 2016 Sugar & Spice exhibit and contest are supported by underwriting from Stewart’s Shops and The UPS Store, Potsdam.
The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, downtown Canton. TAUNY is a nonprofit organization that showcases the folk culture and living traditions of New York’s North Country, offering opportunities to experience, learn about, and reflect on issues related to life in our rural region. More information is available here.
Photos: Gingerbread houses from the 2015 Sugar & Spice Competition.