Welcome to Morro Bay Winterfest’s 2018 Gingerbread House Building Competition!

Anyone can participate in this fun activity where you build at home (or in your business) a complete Gingerbread House! Bring it to the Inn at Morro Bay on Friday, December 7, 2018, or before 12:30 on December 8th to be displayed and judged on December 8, 2018, from 12:00- 2:00 pm. Entries MUST have an application attached to them or they will not be judged.

There will be two categories; professional and family. The houses will be judged by a panel of extinguished judges. The winner will receive fabulous prizes!


  • Contestants must fill out the entry form.
  • Entry must have all MAJOR components, such as walls and roof. House walls and roof must be made of edible material (graham crackers, gingerbread, cookies, etc.)
  • You may reinforce the inside of your house with non-edible material
  • Any structure – real or imaginary – is eligible for entry.
  • Entry must be original – no gingerbread kits allowed.
  • All components must be edible. For example, all foil or plastic wrapped candies must be unwrapped; lollipops cannot have paper or plastic stems.
  • Gingerbread “houses” can also be barns, birdhouses, lighthouses, airplanes or any other imaginative dwellings.
  • Use Royal Icing only. Buttercream frosting will turn rancid.
  • Contestants must fill out the entry form.
  • You may add electric lighting to your entry.
  • Entry must have been constructed in 2018.
  • All entries will be judged on Originality, Overall Appearance, Choice and Use of Materials and Difficulty of Design.
  • Entries must be freestanding and attached to a plywood base measuring no bigger than 24″ L x 18″ W. Entries cannot exceed 26″ in height. The plywood base must be completely concealed.
  • Structure must be the dominant feature of the entry. The structure must be no smaller than 7″ in height by 8″ wide.
  • All entries must be delivered to the Inn at Morro Bay in completed form on Friday, December 7 between the hours of noon and 2 pm.
  • The entries will be displayed from 12-2 pm on Saturday, December 8, 2018.
  • Morro Bay Winterfest reserves the right not to display an entry if the entry is not considered of show quality.
  • To be eligible for ribbons and prizes an entry may not be picked up before 5 pm on Sunday, December 9, 2018.
  • Participants will need to pick up their Gingerbread House on Sunday, December 9 after 5:00pm. Entries not picked up by 7 pm on Dec 9 will be discarded.

Click HERE (or the form below) for a downloadable application.

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