ginger 2014: winners declared!

Are you ready? Would you like to know who won Ginger 2014? Okay. But first I’d like to tell you a little story about what elementary school was like for me in the 1970’s. Let’s start with Primary. My teacher was Mrs. Churchill…

I jest, of course. After some serious deliberation, the 2014 Ginger Panel has selected our champions:

1st Place: Monica’s Manicured Mansion

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Congratulations, Monica!! Your mansion is absolutely breathtaking! As Ginger 2014 Champ, Monica will receive a $75.00 Amazon gift card AND, compliments of Crosby’s Molasses, a copy of Butter Baked Goods (which is Canada’s #1 selling cookbook), a Crosby’s apron, and a copy of the new Crosby’s cookbook Molasses and More.

2nd Place: Ludmilla’s Winter Snowstorm

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Our 2nd Place winner, Ludmilla, will receive $50.00 Amazon gift card AND, compliments of Crosby’s Molasses, a copy of their new cookbook, Molasses and More. Congrats, Ludmilla. Your mansion is magical!

2014 People’s Choice Prize: Cyndy’s Brrr… It’s Cold Outside

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Cyndy and her 42 small friends received more online votes than any other Ginger competitor! Cyndy will receive a $25.00 Amazon gift card AND her friends at Crosby’s Molasses will send her a copy of their new cookbook, Molasses and More.

Thanks to all you readers who stopped by last week and took the time to cast votes in this epic battle of ginger. I know the words of support and encouragement you left for the competitors were very much appreciated.

The Movita Beaucoup Lifetime Achievement Award of Entering Competitions and Never Winning Awards Award

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Toby has entered a LOT of my competitions. She’s one of my students and also one of the biggest movita fangirls I know. Despite never having won a prize, Toby continues to Ginger with enthusiasm! Which is, of course, the whole point of Ginger: having the Big Fun. Toby, in recognition of your stellar taste and good sportswomanship, Paul Caskey – Ginger fan and Executive Producer at Live Art Dance Productions – would like to present you with two tickets to Live Art’s presentation of Ballet BC in Halifax this February! Congrats, Toby, and thank you for representing the spirit of my competitions so well! (And thanks, Paul, for your generous donation.)

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I’d like to send a huge thank you out to Crosby’s Molasses for sweetening the prize pot for 2014, and for being such incredible supporters of my competition. Crosby’s has also donated $150.00 in the name of Ginger to my newly established Sugarplum Bursary. That donation, paired with funds I raised selling my ballerina ornaments, has raised enough money to completely pay for a needy dance student’s second term tuition. YIPPIE!

Thanks also to the members of the Ginger Panel. These women were placed in the unenviable position of picking a winner from 37 of the sweetest entries ever. Thank you for your service!

Finally, I’d like to thank all of this year’s competitors. I can personally attest to the amount of time and work that goes into creating ginger masterpieces like the ones we’ve seen this week, and I appreciate all you have done to support my blog and annual competitions. Thanks for being such good sports, for letting me make fun of you, and for being so supportive of your fellow competitors. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

I’ve said it before, but I think it bears repeating: it’s pretty clear that this year’s competitors weren’t here for the winnings. With only three prizes offered, it would seem that this group of bakers was here to share their creativity and some holiday spirit. In an online world so often filled with negativity, I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to share your positivity and incredible ginger creations with the world.

Happy holidays!

12 Comments

  1. Nancy @ gottagetbaked on December 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Monica’s manicured mansion is unbelievably gorgeous! It’s absolutely masterful. i can’t believe that’s made out of gingerbread and other edibles! Monica truly deserved to win. It’s awesome that Crosby sponsored the event this year. I’m so glad to hear a student’s tuition has been covered! Merry Christmas to you and 2.0, Movita. May the holiday season be merry, bright and Rutherford-less!

  2. Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) on December 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks Movita – this has been fun and the skill of these gingerbread artists is be admired! Wishing you a Merry and safe Christmas from sunny Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand!

  3. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen on December 23, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Wow.. the competition must have been incredible! These are just amazing.. I am hoping the bloggers have posted their work on their sites, I’d love to see how on earth they are able to make these! So much talent! Wishing you and your loved ones a perfectly fabulous Christmas!!! xx

  4. Loreta Wilson on December 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Amazing entries!!!!! Such talent! Thank you for hosting such a the fun contest! Ginger 2015… Bring.It!

  5. Kathleen Cherie on December 23, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Congratulations to the winners! Awesome work on your houses!

  6. Ludmilla on December 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    OMG!!! Thank you…just saw this and you made my day. Have been so under the weather from surgery and getting sick to boot. Win or not…I was excited to see the other houses and to have others see mine. THANK YOU GINGER PANEL!!! And I must say The GINGERS were all AMAZING!!!!! I loved every one of them. So much edible fun in so many groups!!!

  7. sublimedelights on December 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I just had so much fun in this contest. I am already dreaming up something for next year…. I just love when I walk by my gingerbread Rapunzel tower it smells so good and makes me smile. Thank you for hosting the fun and writing such delightful comments that I will treasure as my “prize”.

  8. Wanda on December 24, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I’m more of a lurker, not so much a commenter. But I needed to congratulate the winners and heap TONS of gratitude on all of the competitors. Such dedication and hard work!!
    But my biggest thanks is to you, Movita, for making ‘ginger’ a verb.
    You rock. Merry Christmas!

  9. thatskinnychickcanbake on December 24, 2014 at 5:11 am

    SO much talent and creativity! Congratulations to all who entered–and to the winners! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with next year!

  10. Patricia Shepard on December 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Awesome contest, and amazing winners!!!

  11. Christine Arab on December 24, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Wonderful art! It was so fun to review all the entries….people have such talent. Sharon’s story book was excellent! Looking forward to 2015….

  12. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on December 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I visited right after you posted this but the commenty thing wouldn’t accept my words. (I’m not surprised, really) but today is a new day. I was truly gobsmacked by the quality of the entries and didn’t find one craptastic one in the crowd. Thanks for a really fun time.

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