Officials at The Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave. in Asheville, are frosting at the bit at the chance to welcome back in-person competition this year to the National Gingerbread House Competition, set for display at the property from Nov. 28 to Jan. 2.
This year’s competition will take place at the resort on Nov. 22.
An esteemed panel of judges, including renowned Food Network Chef Carla Hall will preside over contestants representing several age categories and hailing from all over the world.
“The National Gingerbread House Competition has been one of nation’s most celebrated holiday events for nearly three decades," said Isabel Miller, brand communications and events manager for the resort. "This year, we have re-imagined the competition by creating a hybrid event of which a portion will remain virtual while bringing back the in-person events that make the season so special to the competitors, gingerbread fans and hotel."
Registration is now open for gingerbread enthusiasts to start dreaming up dazzling designs for their confectionary creations. Details are available at https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/things-to-do/gingerbread/national-gingerbread-competition.
Contest winners will receive prizes, including cash and the ultimate bragging rights to one of the world’s most prestigious holiday baking competitions.
This year's hybrid format ensures elements of the virtual program put in place last year to increase participation safety will remain.
"It is our mission to ensure the competition’s legacy built on design, innovation and tradition continues safely for future generations," added Miller. "The Gingerbread fans and competitors alike mean the world to us and we are looking forward to seeing all the dazzling designs competitors dream up this year."
The resort invites visitors not staying at the property to view the displays after 3 p.m. on Sundays or anytime Monday through Thursday, based on parking availability and excluding Dec. 23-25 and 29 to Jan. 1. Public viewing on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 will reopen after 3 p.m.