Co_Lab Books is proud to present our first annual holiday gingerbread house design competition! Push the boundaries of your culinary creativity to take home the prize!

Key Dates

Individuals or groups must register by midnight, Saturday 12/07/2019. The judging of the entries, awards, and festivities will be held on Sunday 12/15/2019 from 1pm – 4pm. Entrants may drop off their design during normal business hours on Saturday 12/14/2019, or between 10am and 1pm on Sunday.

Guest Judges

Blacksauce Kitchen’s own Chef Damian Mosley

Experiential Designer & co-founder of Post Typography Bruce Willen

Architect & co-founder of XCOOP Cristina Murphy

Our guests will be encouraged to vote based on not only the design and assembly, but taste as well. See below for rules and regulations. Happy building, and good luck!


Haus Rules

  • Original designs or loving reproductions of architectural favorites are both acceptable!

  • Your haus must be presented on a base, 18″ X 18″ maximum size

  • All visible components must be edible. Fully concealed substructures of non-edible but food safe materials are acceptable.

  • Significant use of gingerbread is required.

  • Royal icing only! Do not use any material on your entry that requires refrigeration.

  • Entries left onsite after the date of the judging celebration will be discarded.

  • Entries will be taste tested!



– If baking from scratch, bake several days before assembling to prevent material shrinkage.

– Use a LOT of royal icing to assemble and decorate. Allow to fully harden before moving.