Gingerbread Wonderland 2019

Prsenting Norway House’s Gingerbread Wonderland 2019 Judged Competition Winners!

Gingerbread Wonderland

The spread on opening night.

This year’s judges were:

  • Sue Zellickson, James Beard Award winner and founder of the Charlie Awards, Women Who Really Cook, and the Minneapolis and St. Louis Park Kid’s Cafes
  • Lee Svitak Dean, cookbook author, and food editor at the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune
  • Nancy Ngo, food and lifestyle reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press

All photos courtesy of Norway House.

Gingerbread Wonderland

Best Professional Baker:
“Glensheen Mansion”
by Sweet Retreat’s Steph Kissner and Kelley Loso

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Best Amateur:
“Hardanger Fiddle and Bow”
by Carolina Downs

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Best International:
“Bryggen in Bergen”
by Daugthers of Norway – Pauline Fjelde Lodge #51

Best Classic:
“Candy Castle”
by Jean Dorland and Hannah Grossman

Best of Minnesota:
“St. Paul Cathedral”
by Maggie Karschnia

Best Kids, Ages 9-16:
“Ice Fishing”
by Eloise Brandt and Henry Brandt

Best Kids, 8 and Under:
“Back to the Future Winter Wonderland”
by Penelope Lindberg

Most Creative:
“UP Adventure to Norway”
by Caitlynn Decker and Amy Decker

Most Whimsical:
“Home Sweet Home”
by Annette Korolchuk

Most Koselig:
“Log Cabin”
by Kathleen Devaney

People’s Choice Award and Favorite Kid’s Structure Award votes are collected during the run of the exhibit until Dec. 22. Winners to be announced on Dec. 24. People vote via numbered raffle tickets during their visit and on social media (Facebook and Instagram) using the hashtag #MyGingerbreadWonderland.

To learn more about the Gingerbread Wonderland, visit Norway House’s website at

This article originally appeared in the December 13, 2019, issue of The Norwegian American.

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