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Pictured: The winner from the 2021 gingerbread competition at NFCI. (NCCC photo)
Pictured: The winner from the 2021 gingerbread competition at NFCI. (NCCC photo)

Life-sized 'Gingerbread Wonderland' returns to Niagara Falls Culinary Institute


Mon, Nov 21st 2022 09:35 am

“Gingerbread Wonderland” will return to the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) from Nov. 26 through Dec. 18. Events will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Niagara County Community College stated, “The public is welcome to check out the colorful, giant gingerbread masterpiece, constructed by the talented students and chefs of the baking and pastry arts program.

“As if a giant cookie village wasn’t sweet enough, NFCI’s ‘Gingerbread Wonderland’ also offers a variety of holiday-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors can experience live music, face-painting, cookie-decorating, crafts, children’s story times, and even visits with Santa Claus himself! Admission is free and festive activity sets are available to purchase for $10. Each set includes two delicious cookies with supplies to decorate them, two crafts, two coloring sheets with crayons, and two letters to Santa.”

NCCC said, “The annual gingerbread competition will also return to this year’s schedule of events. All are welcome to enter, as we offer professional, amateur, high school, college and children’s categories. Entry forms are due by Nov. 28, and all physical entries must be brought to NFCI (located at 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls) between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.

In addition to the holiday fun inside NFCI, Jingle Falls USA will also provide activities on Old Falls Street outside of the building on Saturdays from Nov. 26 through Dec. 10. “Gingerbread Wonderland” and Jingle Falls events are free and open to the public, with free parking provided by Niagara Falls State Park and the City of Niagara Falls on Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and 10 only.

For more information about the “Gingerbread Wonderland” or to sign up for the gingerbread competition, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/nfci/gingerbread/.

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