Sally and Rebekah Ontiveros, sisters and co-owners of The Hive Bakeshop, entered their “Krampus Christmas” gingerbread house into the ultimate of gingerbread competitions in November of 2019. The National Gingerbread House Competition is held each year at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Ashville, North Carolina, and brings in some of the the world’s top talent.
Sally and Rebekah estimate that they easily spent over 500 hours crafting their gingerbread house entry- all in addition to managing and baking tasty goodies at their bakery full-time during the holiday season. All entries must be 100% edible- making the creation of the entries even that much more difficult.
The house then had to be driven over seven hours in a car to the Omni Grove Park Inn for judging. Smaller pieces and final touches were completed upon arrival in their hotel room just moments prior to to final drop off and official photography.
While the sisters just missed landing a spot in the top ten for the adult gingerbread category they are both quick to say just how pleased they were with their first attempt. After the awards were given to the winning entries, they were able to meet with some of the judges who provided great feedback regarding their sugar work and over-all baking talent and strongly encouraged them to return to next year’s competition.
While meeting the likes of Carla Hall and picking the brain of Chef Nicholas Lodge were certainly a highlight for the girls they consider themselves equally honored to have been inducted and welcomes into the highly respected group of “Gingerfriends” which predominately includes previous winners and grand champions.
Sally and Rebekah are already busy planning their year ahead which of course includes a return trip to the Omni Grove Park Inn for what should be an epic gingerbread rematch.
Sally and Rebekah waiting before the winners are announced
Judges of the 2019 National Gingerbread House Competition are being introduced behind closed doors in the ballroom