Prepare yourselves! Beginning tomorrow, you will see 18 ginger masterpieces on this here blog. Given that there are only three cruddy prizes, it is pretty clear that our participants aren’t in it for the winnings. This almost-friendly competition has become a holiday tradition for a lot of people!
Voting for the People’s Choice Prize begins on Tuesday and will continue until Friday. The (one) ginger creation with the highest total number of votes will claim the prize. There are four groupings of ginger creations; you can cast a vote in each poll. That means you can vote for four ginger masterpieces!
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 focus on this competition, okay?
I’d like to introduce you to the members of the 2016 Ginger Panel, tasked with selecting the 1st and 2nd place winners from a pile of ginger awesome.
Meet the 2016 Ginger Panel!
Adopamop is my brother. He will most definitely take this job far too seriously, and bitch about ginger fundamentals that no one else gives a rat’s ass about. Adopamop currently resides in France. France makes a lot of wine and cheese, and is partially responsible for the popularity of striped shirts and berets.
Jenni lives in North Carolina. North Carolina has a variety of lovely soils in which they grow a lot of sweet potatoes. The state reptile is the Eastern box turtle. Jenni is a former pastry chef, and blogs at pastrychefonline.com. She also rescues and fosters kitties, which is one of the most important jobs on the planet.
Karen lives in California. Did you know that roadrunners are a real thing? They are! And they live in California. Karen has had a number of careers, which makes her an interesting party guest. She blogs at karenskitchenstories.com, and is a self-proclaimed bread geek. Bread isn’t particularly good for birds, so if you meet a roadrunner, try feeding it crickets.
Jo-Anne is a ballet teacher and inspiration to many. She lives in Alberta. Her city has a small trout pond, and has adopted the trumpeter swan as its official symbol. Trumpeter swans are quite loud, though some would argue that they are also musical because their calls sound like trumpets. I guess if you like a bunch of trumpets blasting you in the face, those people might be right.
Katherine manufactures Kraft Dinner in Chicago. (Kraft Dinner is Canada’s national food.) Chicago is the birth place of ferris wheels. Ferris wheels are one of my greatest fears, but because Chicago is also the birthplace of vacuum cleaners – one of my most favourite things – a sort of balance has been achieved. Katherine has a blog (eggton.com), but hasn’t updated it lately because making Kraft Dinner for Canada is very time consuming.
Shannon lives in St. Louis. That’s where 7-Up was invented. It’s also considered the hometown of Nelly, who is a famous rapper. There is some talk of changing the name of St.Louis to Nellyville. (That’s what happens when you are a huge star in the Midwest.) Shannon is a features writer and columnist for Feast Magazine, and blogs at aperiodictableblog.com. Honestly, I think Shannyville has a nice ring.
Mrs. Rutherford is one of the best ballet teachers in Canada, and a fellow graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. She is also my enemy. I thought if you didn’t win Ginger 2016 you might like to have someone to blame. Mrs. Rutherford lives in Halifax with me. Halifax has more pubs per capita than any other city in Canada. We drink because we have to.