For the 8th consecutive year, the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its Gingerbread House Competition and Tour. Eighteen local merchants and organizations are participating and have whipped up some sugary confections for a holiday festivity that has become as much a part of the seasonal tradition in Sausalito as the Lighted Boat Parade.
Everything in the gingerbread house must be edible, but other than that there aren’t too many design parameters – some of the gingerbread creations are gigantic, some are traditional and petite, some replicate Sausalito landmarks or nautical scenes, some are created by professional pastry chefs and artists, some are crafted by amateurs who simply love the concept, and some are totally off the charts like the one at Katya Glass Jewelry on Caledonia Street. Katya – a jewelry artist – created “Gingerella” (as in Cinderella) made completely out of gingerbread and icing. Who said it had to be a “house” right?
Other participants are: The Gables Inn, Angelino Restaurant, The Trident, Barrel House Tavern, Jewelry by the Bay, The Inn Above Tide, The Spinnaker Restauraant, Ship’s Store, the Sausalito Police Department (rumor has it that the Police Chief Jennifer Tejada created it herself!), Sausalito Optometry, gr.Dano Boutique, CIBO, C.J. Spady, CPA (in alliance with the Marine Mammal Center….and yes you might see seals in this one!) Driver’s Market, Lili S Salon, the Sausalito Public Library and the City of Sausalito Parks & Recreation Department.
The walking tour to see the culinary creations starts downtown and wanders all the way to City Hall. Allow an hour, unless you want to stop and shop or grab a glass of wine along the way. It’s huge fun for the whole family. The official judging for the competition will take place next Friday, December 19th, but everyone can vote for their favorite – “People’s Choice” ballots may be found at every Gingerbread House site.
Maps for the tour can be downloaded at sausalito.org or picked up in downtown Sausalito at the visitor information centers (the ferry plaza kiosk or Historical Society Visitor Center). The houses will be on display through the end of the month.