Fresh Grounds Coffeehouse invites you to get creative and participate in their 1st Annual Gingerbread House Display and Competition by building your own edible house!  All houses will be on display at Fresh Grounds and Sans MOCO Art Gallery from December 2nd through December 19th.



Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Family                                   Individual:  Adult (18+)                                  Individual:  High School (14-17) 

Professional                       Non-Profit Organization (Adult 18+)        Non-Profit Organization (Children)


Houses must be constructed of edible materials. Registration must be received by November 7.  All entries must adhere strictly to the guidelines or they will not be eligible for display and awards.  There is no charge for entry.


It is our hope that you will celebrate the holidays with us and with our community.  We are excited about this event and believe it will be a great way for you to showcase your business or group.


Fresh Grounds Coffeehouse and Sans MOCO Art Gallery & Atelier

172 Main Street

Greenville, PA16125




General Information and Delivery Dates


Gingerbread Houses must be delivered to Fresh Grounds on Saturday, November 28th 8:00AM-9:30PM or Tuesday, December 1st 10:00Am-1:00PM.  No late deliveries will be accepted.


Three judges will be selected from the community.  Judging will take place soon after the exhibit opens; winners will be notified and posted on our website.  Judges will consider the following elements:

o   Creativity            

o   Precision

o   Overall Appearance

o   Difficulty

The adherence to guidelines and soundness of structure will also be considered during judging.  Please remember that judging is subjective.


Houses must remain on display until our pick-up days December 22, 10:00AM-3:00PM and December 23, 7AM-6PM.  All houses remaining at the end of the day on December 23 will be disposed of.





Bases must be sturdy (heavy cardboard, foam core or wood)   If you choose to use cardboard, cover the base with aluminum foil to prevent moisture leaking through.  Consider the weight your structure will have when choosing a base material.


Due to our limited space, we will only accept entries that adhere to our requirements.  Bases must not exceed 15”x15”.  Bases may not extend beyond approximately 6” beyond the perimeter of the primary structure.  Displays with large yard areas beyond the primary structure will not be accommodated.


·         Structures cannot exceed two feet in height.  We recommend that you concentrate on a structure rather than a scene with many small pieces.  Single structures will be more easily viewed by the public.

·         Due to the longevity of the display, we recommend that you consider building an infrastructure for support.  This can be built from foam core or heavy cardboard, using a substantial amount of Royal Icing as “glue”.  The base and infrastructure are the only inedible items permitted.

·         No battery or electric components may be used.

·         Use only Royal Icing.  We cannot accept structures made with egg or butter icings as they will turn rancid and cause the structure to disintegrate.

·         If baking gingerbread from scratch, bake several days ahead to prevent shrinkage.

·         Do not use any materials that require refrigeration.

·         We recommend that you use a generous amount of Royal Icing to assemble and decorate.  Allow each portion to dry and harden before moving.

·         Use your imagination!  Structures need not be traditional, although traditional houses can certainly be creatively designed.


**This event was inspired by the excellent PPG Place Gingerbread House Display and Competition.  Many of our rules and forms are adaptations of their finely produced materials.