This year’s 2022 competition features a 10e Judge’s seat for Ashleigh ShantiNew specialty prizes and more

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, July 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Omni Grove Park Inn is pleased to announce the opening of registrations for The 30th National Gingerbread House Contest™, the largest in the country, hosted annually at the resort. Official rules and entry form have been posted on the hotel’s website herewith new items including specialized rewards, increased prizes, and more.

The contest, celebrating 30 years of gingerbread baking innovation, began with a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members in 1992 and has grown into one of the most competitive holiday events around. from the country. People of all ages and skill levels are invited to build whimsical candy shacks, gumball-adorned castles, and sugar-spun landscapes to compete for the chance to win a piece of more than $40,000 in cash and prizes, an increase of 60% compared to previous years, in the four age categories: adults, adolescents, young people and children.

The complex continues to add sweetness and spice to the season with the addition of six new specialty awards, including Best Use of Nuggets, Most Unique Ingredient, Oldest Competitor, Best Use of color, pop culture star and most innovative structure. In addition, for the very first time, all registered competitors will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite piece of the entire competition to determine the winner of the new public prize: Best in Show Award. Finally, this year’s digital content submissions will be optional, although a description summary is still required.

The level of competition attracts the highest quality of design, art and baking expertise from across the country, and is complemented by a panel of judges representing nationally recognized food, arts and media professionals. This year the competition will introduce a new 10th judge, Ashleigh ShantiChef/Owner of Good Hot Fish and 2020 James Beard Finalist. The esteemed panel of returning competition judges includes Head Judge, Nicholas Lodgethe author of more than a dozen sugar art books and instructional DVDs; Carla Roomcelebrity chef, author and television personality; Nadine Orensteincurator of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Cheryl Forberg, James Beard Award-winning chef and dietitian; Mark Marinthe leader of culinary applications for Barry Callebaut; Geoff Blountpastry chef and teacher; John Cookexecutive pastry chef at the Omni Grove Park Inn; Steven Stellingwerfbaker, author and teacher; Aaron Morganexecutive pastry chef at the Stable Café on The Biltmore Estate.

“Gingerbread is a dynamic season at the Omni Grove Park Inn that means so much to everyone involved,” said Susan Rotating, Marketing and Communications Director. “From the contestants who spend thousands of hours creating masterpieces, to the guests who witness the magic of ginger in these granite halls, to the hotel staff who tirelessly plan and execute the event, and last but not least, to the fifteen charities we support during the season that benefit our region Gingerbread is in our DNA, it is a very special community that we respect and are grateful to to be a part of.

Registration for the 30th Annual National Gingerbread House Contest™ is now open via November 14, 2022. The competition will take place on November 21, 2022, followed by an awards ceremony in the Grand Ballroom. The judgment is closed to the public. The awards ceremony is for nominees and their families only. The official gingerbread display at the hotel begins on November 28, 2022 and will continue through January 2, 2023.

As the holiday season is all about giving back, from October through December, the Omni Grove Park Inn donates a portion of its parking proceeds to the community to support local non-profit organizations in West End. North Carolina. Since the program launched in 2013, the hotel has contributed more than $680,000 to these charitable partners. The list of holiday parking partners 2021 can be found here.

For more information about the Omni Grove Park Inn or to make reservations, call (800) 438-5800 or visit For more information on Les 30e Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™, call the Gingerbread Hotline at (800) 413-5778 or visit

About the Omni Grove Park Inn

Located in the idyllic Blue Ridge Mountains and minutes from downtown Asheville, North Carolina, The Omni Grove Park Inn offers a one-of-a-kind getaway for today’s traveler. The award-winning 513-room resort, originally opened in 1913, features a wide range of Arts & Crafts furniture from Stickley and Roycroft throughout the spaces, rooms and suites. Following the renovation of the Vanderbilt Wing in 2013, The Inn has revealed the redesign of the historic Sammons Wing 204 rooms as of 2017. The world-class spa is an experience like no other, with 43,000 square feet of underground space and a range of unique treatments incorporating indigenous elements. The historic 18-hole course of the resort Donald Ross the golf course is considered among the best golf experiences in North Carolina, and the sports complex includes indoor and outdoor tennis courts. The inn also focuses on local ingredients and chef-led menus at its four signature restaurants, each with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Omni Grove Park Inn is well-suited for meetings, weddings, and events, with 26 meeting rooms and two ballrooms totaling over 58,000 square feet, including the Skyline Room and Mountain View Terrace . The hostel’s newest event addition is the Seely Pavilion with 3,260 square feet of function space, exposed trusses, and six pairs of scenic floor-to-ceiling doors and windows, offering sweeping views of the surrounding mountain range. For additional information or to book accommodations, visit or call 1-800-The-Omni.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates authentic and memorable guest experiences at more than 50 distinct hotels and resorts in the country’s most popular leisure and business destinations across United Statesas well as key destinations in Canadaand Mexico. With more than 25 iconic golf courses and multiple short courses, 24 award-winning spas in vibrant locations nationwide, each Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected by local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, iconic restaurants and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression on every guest and an increased level of recognition and rewards through its loyalty program Select Guest®. Omni is committed to reducing hunger and has made it its mission, through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative, to provide millions of meals each year to food banks to feed children, families and the elderly. of the communities in which it operates. Through its partnership with Shared Hope International, Omni is dedicated to educating and training its associates to help combat human trafficking. Omni Hotels & Resorts is the official hotel of the PGA TOUR® and PGA TOUR Champions. For more information or to book accommodations, visit or call 1-800-The-Omni.

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