One more sleep! Beginning tomorrow, you will see 36 ginger masterpieces on this here blog. Given that there are only three cruddy prizes, it is pretty clear that our participants aren’t doing it for the winnings. This almost-friendly competition has become a holiday tradition for a great number of people, and I’m thrilled that so many gingerers have donated their time and creativity to spread some positive vibes on the interwebs.
Voting for the People’s Choice Prize begins tomorrow and continues until early Tuesday morning. The (one) ginger creation with the highest total number of votes will claim the prize. There are six groupings of ginger creations, and you can cast a vote in each poll.
Don’t forget to leave a shout out for your favourite entries in the comment sections – I know it means a lot to our competitors. Let’s make everyone feel like a winner, okay? You can support your favourite entries by encouraging your friend to vote too. If you have more than one friend, good for you. Maybe stop bragging for a second and get them to cast a vote or two.
I’d like to introduce you to the members of the 2015 Ginger Panel, tasked with selecting the 1st and 2nd place winners from a large field of ginger awesome. I do not envy them…
Meet the 2015 Ginger Panel:
* Lyndsay Sung *
Lyndsay is my cake idol – I’m betting a lot of you feel the same way. I’ve been following her blog, Coco Cake Land, since 2009. This means we are best friends, even if she hasn’t made the effort to publicly acknowledge it yet. Coco Cake Land is jam packed with her unique style, absolutely charming cakes, tutorials and recipes. Lyndsay lives in Vancouver, which may or may not be a deliberate attempt to put great physical distance between us.
* Lena Coakley *
Lena is a young adult fantasy author from Toronto, and Ginger 2012 competitor. (She set her entry on fire, so she’s legit.) Lena has a new book coming out in 2016 – Worlds of Ink and Shadow: A Novel of the Brontës – which seems like it took a lot of research, and makes me feel tired just thinking about it. As an author of portal fantasy, Lena has access to magical gateways which we are not allowed to touch because we might wreck them.
* Willow Arlen *
Willow is the blogger behind Will Cook for Friends and a Ginger 2014 competitor. Willow’s blog is filled with disgustingly amazing photography, recipes, and a myriad of tips and tutorials centred on the science of cooking and baking. Accessible and totally inspiring, I highly recommend you check it out. This year, Willow collaborated with some other bloggers to publish a digital cookbook, The Casual Veggie, which means her year was 100% more productive than mine.
* Adopamop Beaucoup *
Adopamop is my brother. He was also a gingerbread instructor for a few years, which makes him one of the most qualified members of this panel. A longtime manufacturer of Barbies, Adopamop has recently been promoted to Assistant to the Assistant in Charge of Barbie Shoe Design and Engineering. It’s a pretty big deal. Adopamop currently resides in Lambersart, France.
* Haddy Beaucoup *
Haddy is my sister. She lives in Toronto. She has some big stuff happening in her writing career, which almost guarantees that she’ll be famous in Yakutsk one day. Haddy has written award-winning books for young adults and children on urban farming, public spaces and a dead kid. Haddy has already ruined Christmas 2015 by informing Rosie Beaucoup that she doesn’t really like muffins that much. (Rosie has about 800 muffins in the freezer awaiting Haddy’s holiday arrival.)
* Mrs. Rutherford *
Currently residing in Halifax, Mrs. Rutherford is one of the best ballet teachers in this country, a fellow graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. She is also my enemy. I thought if you didn’t win Ginger 2015 you might like to have someone to blame.