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San Diego Gingerbread City 




San Diego --San Diego Gingerbread City Contest for Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. Gingerbread contests such as the San Diego Gingerbread City shown in photos above are celebrated during the winter months, usually before Christmas.  In 2009 the event was held at The Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego.


Do you love gingerbread houses, castles and gingerbread menn?  You are not alone. Made with the flavorful spice, ginger, these tasty cookies and cakes are one of the traditions and most popular items Americans have adopted from the German and Bavarian cultures.


Ginger is believed to have been used even 3,000 years ago by Chinese who found its anti-inflammatory properties effective in the body. Ginger grows in the U.S., and though its use in gingerbread does not offer much substance in this greatly diluted form, the smell of it alone, and sight of gingerbread creations such as houses and castles offer no better way to raise money for a non-profit charity event such as the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County's annual Gingerbread City gala. Pictured above are two competition entries.


Annually in late November or early December, the event invites the public to enter the contest with their creations. In addition, some of the top chefs from hotels and resorts (such as Loews Coronado Bay Resort) is the San Diego area enter their ornate designs for a special chefs competition category. There aren't as many gingerbread contests as you'd expect in a state that has one of the largest populations in the U.S. With so many cultures and languages spoken in this major melting pot, the gingerbread house tradition is slowly creeping into holiday celebrations or making a comeback via the top chefs, hospitality industry and wineries, especially. Several children's museums are also eager to embrace the gingerbread effort, as well. In San Diego, start looking for details about the annual event in the fall on the sponsor website,






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