Open house to feature gingerbread house competition Dec. 9 and 10

Nov 29, 2017
Students in the Mid-Coast School of Technology baking program will take part in a gingerbread house competition at Sweetgrass Winery Dec. 9 and 10.

Union — Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, 347 Carroll Road, holds a holiday open house Dec. 9 and 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m..

The winery has partnered with the Mid-Coast School of Technology baking class and area bakers for a holiday-themed gingerbread house competition. Student and local bakers will compete for Best House and a $500 prize. Shoppers will be able to vote for their favorite. Judging the competition will be Caitlin Hunter of Appleton Creamery, Kate McAleer of Bixby & Co, and April Morrison of Sugar Spell Sweets. The judges will determine the winner based on the people’s choice vote in combination with the house’s originality, overall appearance, choice and use of materials and difficulty of design.

This tasting event will feature local foods, wines, spirits and some of Sweetgrass' favorite holiday cocktails, like Boozy Hot Chocolate, Santa’s Little Helper, the Merry Cherry and the Grand Cran. Proceeds from the holiday cocktails will go the MCST baking program.

Appleton Creamery will have an array of delicious artisan cheeses to try and buy, including its blue ribbon winner, chèvre in olive oil. Bixby Bars will sample and sell its candy bars and drinking chocolate. Sugar Spell Sweets is bringing a wide selection of cookies, candies and treats made just for the holidays for visitors to take home.

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