Gingerbread Village: Enter Savannah’s Edible Design Competition

You’ve taken your kids to see the popular Gingerbread Village at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa during the holidays every season.

Now it’s time to enter to win Savannah’s Edible Design Competition!

The Savannah Harbor Foundation and The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa are seeking entries for the upcoming twelfth annual Gingerbread Village: Savannah’s Edible Design Competition: a gingerbread-or-whatever-material-you-can-find house contest. Particular emphasis has been placed on creativity and ingenuity this year and entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations take their “designs” to the next level. Construct a gingerbread airplane or an aluminum-can Leaning Tower of Pisa—as long as all visible components of the design are edible, there are no limitations on how funky, eccentric or over-the-top entries can be.

Entries are divided into two categories, Adult (18 and over) and Student (17 and under), and anyone from elementary school classes to culinary experts and bakers are encouraged to participate in this grand event that has become such an extraordinary display of holiday spirit, creativity and talent over the last 12 years.

Third place winners have been added to each division and cash prizes have increased substantially. The Adult Division grand prize winner will receive $1,500, up from $100, and the Student Division grand prize winner will receive $500, double the amount awarded last year.

Gingerbread Village was first created in reaction to 9/11 as an opportunity to celebrate family, togetherness, and embrace life even during uncertain times. It has since grown to an annual delight that thousands come to view each year. Gingerbread Village has moved under the umbrella of a new series of holiday events called Festival of Lights (a 6-week program of fantastic light displays and nightly festive family events on Hutchinson Island starting November 23) and is sponsored by The Savannah Harbor Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, incorporated to help local and regional children’s charities and present family oriented events.

Entry forms must be received by Nov. 1 and can be downloaded by clicking here  or requested from the Gingerbread Committee ring leader, Teresa Berry (aka Mother Gingerbread) via email ( or phone (912.201.2048). Forms can be submitted by fax (912.201.2074) or email (

Designs are due Nov. 18 and 19, and judging is scheduled to take place the evening of the 19th. A panel of professional judges will select the top entries and winners will be announced at the Savannah Harbor Foundation Boat Parade of Lights, Nov. 24.

Gingerbread Village will be unveiled in all its glorious, festive splendor Thanksgiving Day in the holiday-bedecked lobby of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, and will be open to the public to view until New Year’s Day.
There are two divisions this year, Adult (18 & over) and Student (17 & under), with first, second and third place prizes.
1st place: $1500
2nd place: $1000
3rd place: $500

1st place: $500
2nd place: $250
3rd place: $100

There will also be General Manager’s Choice award for each division, the winners of which will receive a Weekend Getaway at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, as well as a Viewer’s Choice award, whose recipients will receive an award ribbon.

Important dates:
Entry form due: Nov. 1
Edible designs turned in: Nov. 18, 19
Judging: Nov. 19
Winners announced: Nov. 24
Houses must be picked up: Jan. 3

Teresa Berry

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