Gingerbread house creators help build homes for families

Wafting aromas of cinnamon, evergreens and ginger lure visitors to the gingerbread house competition tucked away in a far corner of the 29th annual Boston Christmas Festival at the World Trade Center.

For over 25 years, the gingerbread competition has enthralled children of all ages with the intricately decorated edible structures. The event continues Saturday and Sunday.

“Usually the same people show up every year,” said Angela Pettersen, chef at the Café Escadrille and a competitor for the past six years.

For Brianna Ficaro, a freshman at Marblehead High School, making gingerbread houses is as important as her studies. Working late into the night for two weeks, she built a Victorian-style gingerbread house.

“I always wanted to become a chef or a baker since I was very young,” she said.

This year, the kid’s choice award went to Ginger Betty’s depiction of a Charlie Brown Christmas. The best in show went to a display of the Grinch’s winter wonderland by Cupcake City.

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