ginger 2011: the champ

I am pleased to announce that Sydney and her wicked awesome lighthouse dominated the final round of Ginger voting, making her our official Ginger 2011 champ. Congratulations, Sydney!

I’m sending a big thank you shout out to the voters out there – you made the competition extra fun, and many of you left thoughtful comments for the competitors. That was especially kind when you consider the number of young ginger artists we had this year.

Sydney’s entry was very dear to my heart, as it was the first sugary creation to hit my inbox. And, as a Maritimer, I’m a pretty big fan of all things ocean. But as a competitor myself, I can also attest to the amount of work that went into each and every one of this year’s creations, and I thank you all for that. I am both thrilled and touched that all of you would go to such great efforts to support my little contest here. I’ve received a number of emails from my co-competitors to say that they are ready to compete again next year, and Paul (the ginger shoe dude) said that the IT department at his job actually blocked my site from their computers. That’s some bad-ass gingering there, people.

Thousands of people stopped by to check on your houses. That says something, and that something is: Ginger is awesome. And it was made awesomer by all of you.

Happy holidays!


  1. kydel on December 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Congratulations Sydney! I hope it tastes just as good as it looks!
    I thought, here in the UK where no-one bothers with the ginger tradition, that I would never be able to compete as we don’t have kits or anything and I’m not a good enough baker to do all that myself, hells no.
    BUT!!! Yesterday in the supermarket, I found a kit!! Hoorah! So I want to join in next year. Mine will be pants. But I want to join in all the same.
    Thank you for bringing ginger into my life Movita, and all the competitors who really made me either laugh (cos the story’s were witty, not at their concoction) or say “Oooooooh!” and turn starry eyed.

  2. Lena Coakley on December 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Congratulations, Sydney! And congratulations to all the worthy competitors. Like Kydel, I’m also really hoping to enter next year. (When she said “Mine will be pants,” my first thought was: Gingerbread pants–brilliant! Then I clued in.)

    • kydel on December 24, 2011 at 7:36 am

      I need to make Ginger pants now. That is it. You’ve done it now Lena. Next years competition will have the tone lowered.

    • movita beaucoup on December 24, 2011 at 9:21 am

      I’ve gotta say, I was also pretty stoked to see the gingerbread pants.

  3. The Neighbour on December 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Congrats to Sydney and all the other competitors, you all had amazing entries!!

  4. auntie on December 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Congratulations to the winner!

    This has been a great week of sweet competition. Thanks to movita for imagining, hosting, narrating this great contest. (and for your sweet pink entry; loved it).

    You have plenty of up-and-comers too. You really should consider a couple of categories next year to give some of those amazing entries a chance for the recognition they deserve. Every one was amazing in its way! Thanks to all the ginger bakers 🙂

    • movita beaucoup on December 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Dear Auntie,

      I love you. And I will consider the addition of some additional categories – I’ve been contemplating the issue all week. Though, I’m quite lazy and the addition of extra categories seems like more work. Plus, people will probably lie and say that they are eleven years old (when they are actually forty-three). Maybe I can request birth certificates! Oh, and then I’d have to buy an extra prize… Oh boy. I’m feeling lazier by the minute.

      If it makes you feel any better, I did tell my students about some of the crazy entries I had received before they submitted their own creations – just to give them a heads up. They didn’t seem to care. Then I was all: but I’m afraid to enter now. And they were all: whatever, dude. Turns out tweens and teens don’t scare easily. So, now that we’ve had this NEXT LEVEL competition this year, people will know what to expect for next year: NEXT NEXT LEVEL GINGER. (I’m already excited!)

      I’ll be awaiting your entry…

      Happy holidays!
      xox movita

      • auntie on December 24, 2011 at 10:54 am

        oh I loved the “student entries” too. they surely stood up well in the whole thing.
        Maybe you could just have two categories, each with a nice movita-title and let people enter one or the other.
        btw you won’t be seeing an entry from me! I’m more the word-auntie than the kitchen auntie. Now I’m off to see if tomato has added to his blog. Have a merry christmas all you folks and kits at the cat farm.
        Have a Happy!

  5. emma schultz on December 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Yay for the lighthouse! My vote was with it from the start, as I felt it had the best photography. Congrats:)

    • movita beaucoup on December 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

      It was a great picture, right? I also adored Luciana’s Winter Wonderland – again, a magazine perfect photo. Next year I’m going to have to hire a pro photographer and stylist to help out…

  6. Sydney Jones on December 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    This is absolutely incredible 🙂 Thank you to all who voted. It has been a suspenseful week for me, I could hardly sleep! I am so grateful. I am especially thankful for all the wonderful comments and kind words 🙂 For a while there I really did think I was done for, I mean how do you compete with the three little piggies? How? Everyone put so much thought and effort into their creations and it was so utterly pleasing to be a part of this event.
    Thank you Miss Movita, you are an amazing writer, commentator and ginger creator! You inspire me.
    Thank you ever so much 🙂
    Merry Christmas All!

    • movita beaucoup on December 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Dear Sydney,

      Your win was well deserved. And I can’t wait to see what you come up with next year… no pressure.

      xox movita

  7. emmalina73 on December 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Congrats to the well deserving winner and wishing you everything you could hope for this christmas. It has been wonderful to share your company this year, I’m looking forward to even more next year.

    Sending love from the middle of Canada xxx

    P.S. The Queen says ‘sup.

  8. movita's sister on December 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Enen the piggies voted for the lovely, lovely lighthouse. So I ate them. Congrats, Sydney!

  9. movita's sister on December 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Um, even. I’ve never met piggies named Enen.

    • movita beaucoup on December 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

      I can’t believe you write for a living.

  10. auntie on December 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Oh and one more thing. Let’s do whatever it takes to keep the Shoe-house maker in the contest. That was awesome!

    • Paul on December 31, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      If there’s a contest, I’ll be in it. I had a blast.
      The shoe dude.
      What am I going to do for a follow up???

      • movita beaucoup on January 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm

        Oh, there will be a contest. And I can’t tell you how many people I’ve heard refer to you as The Shoe Dude this week. You. Are. Legend.

        (Also, there’s gonna be a NEW contest this spring. So don’t put away your hardhat and spatula yet…)

  11. EveryBookandCranny on December 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    It has been a delight to look over all the entries in your competition. So many talented ginger architects out there!
    Cheers and Merry Christmas!

  12. Anastasia on December 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Wow!!! It looks delicious!

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  14. movita beaucoup on September 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm

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