Gingerbread Houses Return to the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal Museum hosts the 28th Annual Gingerbread Gallery.
"...bringing the community together over the simple pleasures of tasteful art."
With the delicious aroma of ginger and candy wafting through the air, guests will be welcomed to the 28th Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse.
Gingerbread has been baked in Europe for centuries and can take on the form of a thin, crisp cookie or "snap," cake or bread. The German fairy tale Hansel & Gretel popularized the creation of gingerbread houses. These elaborately decorated edible houses have become a tradition during the holiday season.
The very first Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery was a one night auction celebrating local architecture. Over the years, The Erie Canal Museum has been transformed into a festive 1800s street scene with over 40 gingerbread creations on display in storefront windows. These sweet creations are made locally by professional and amateur bakers from across the region.
"The Gingerbread Gallery is a wonderful part of the holiday season here in Syracuse," says Diana Goodsight, executive director of the Erie Canal Museum. "It is one of the best attended events of the year for the Erie Canal Museum.
The Gallery opens to the public on November 22 until January 5. Admission to the Gingerbread Gallery is $5/ adult, $4/senior, and $2/child 12 & under. The Gallery and the Museum are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, but is closed on December 25 and January 1 and closing at 2 pm on December 24 and 31.
Now it is a six-week long event featuring a wide variety of creations that go beyond the traditional concept of a gingerbread house.
There will be public gingerbread house workshops for kids on December 23 at 11am and 1 pm. Workshop fee is $8/child for members and $10/child for non-members. Pre-registration is required by calling 315-471-0593 x10.