Are you ready? Would you like to know who won Ginger 2017 – the sweetest battle on the planet? Excellent. We’ll get to that, but first I’d like to delve into the history of gingerbread. We’ll begin in ancient Greece and then tour through centuries of spiced baked goods and construction techniques.
A favourite treat at medieval European fairs and festivals, gingerbread has evolved considerably with the passage of time –
No? Not interested? Alright, my little pork chops! Here we go!
After some serious deliberation, the 2017 Ginger Panel has selected our champions:
1st PLACE: Sharon’s Tudor House
Education for the win! Heather Johnson (Ginger 2017 panelist and professional educator) wrote:
I’m pretty sure the Tudor House is made of resin. I sold an ornament just like that when I worked at Christmas in the Rockies in 1993.
I think Heather has neatly summed up what a lot of us were thinking: THIS CAN’T BE REAL. Sharon, your entry was truly jaw-dropping! Your victory is well deserved.
2nd PLACE: Cindy’s Sweet House Avec Dead Body
Sib Pye (Ginger Expert) consulted with his wife and daughter before making his final judgement. Of Cindy’s entry he wrote:
We love the ambiguity of the body on the lawn, reminds us of our front yard two Christmases ago, and that floor is spectacular, we would love to have that in our own home, although suspect it would be sticky and attract ants in the summer.
Aren’t you glad you didn’t throw this masterpiece in the dumpster, Cindy? That’s some great gingering there!
Aside: is anyone else wondering what happened on Sib’s lawn two years ago?
2017 PEOPLE’S CHOICE PRIZE: Stephanie’s Holiday Hoedown
The Internet says:
Stephanie’s entry garnered more online votes than any other creation this year. Well done, Stephanie! Three cheers for bringin’ the heat!
Congrats Sharon, Cindy and Stephanie! Note: all three of these gingerbread geniuses are return competitors. If at first you don’t succeed…
I’d like to send a huge thank you out to the members of the Ginger Panel. These poor people were placed in the unenviable position of picking a winner from 15 glorious entries, and received nothing in return. Thank you for your service. And thanks for making high school, like, the best time ever!
I’d also like to thank all of this year’s competitors. I can personally attest to the amount of time and energy that goes into creating ginger masterpieces like the ones we’ve seen this week, and I appreciate all you’ve done to support my blog and annual competitions. You have inspired the masses with your ingenuity and humour. 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!
In an online world so often filled with negativity, I am happy to have had the opportunity to share some good cheer and incredible gingering with the world wide webernets.
Happy holidays, friends!