The Museum of the City of New York has invited top bakeries alongside amateur bakers from across NYC to compete in Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off. Tasty gingerbread houses will represent and celebrate communities and neighborhoods from all five boroughs, and the results are so good it’s hard to believe the houses have been made from cookies!
23 bakers from across the five boroughs were selected to compete in the bake-off, showing off their gingerbread house making skills that represent the theme “Iconic New York.”
The bake-off is more than just a way to get into the holiday spirit, however. A panel of NYC-based bakers, curators, and restaurant owners judge the final designs, and awarded prizes in a variety of categories, including “Best in Borough,” “Grandest,” and “Most Iconic.”
And the bakers have proved that much more than baking some cookies and slopping frosting on them goes into baking these over-the-top masterpieces!
Stephanie Wilchfort, Ronay Menschel Director and President of the museum stated:
We are savoring MCNY’s centennial year and celebrating the holidays with our annual Gingerbread NYC installation. Last year’s installation was a joy to behold (not to mention to smell). Now, we once again have the sweet opportunity to highlight the special ingredient that makes New York, New York, creative people — professionals and amateurs alike — who hail from around the city.
The houses will be on view to the public now through January 15, 2024 at The Museum of the City of New York.
And though the judges have already made their picks, the public can help select the final award by voting for the “People’s Choice.” There will also be a holiday-themed makerspace with crafts for kids.