Pakachoag Church hosted the third annual gingerbread festival Saturday. The highlight and winner in the Professional category was a three foot diameter Whoville snow globe.
The display is made entirely of edible ingredients: gingerbread, lollipops, frosting and more. It is topped by a wire frame wrapped in window insulation, creating the globe. A small electric fan blows confectioners sugar around Whoville.
The idea was hatched by 12 year old Leiya Sturtze of Worcester. She worked with John Mauro, a local chef and owner of Simply Delicious Catering in Auburn. “Me and Kim helped and gave her guidance, but Leiya really did all the work” said Mauro.
The winner of the amateur category was the Trilligan family, who created a beautiful replica of their home.
This is the second straight year the Trilligans have won the category.
There was also a visit from Santa Claus, who took holiday requests from his temporary “workshop” at Pakachoag.
This year, Pakachoag added a holiday craft fair to the Gingerbread Festival, and about 15 vendors displayed their wares.
Cub Scout Pack 101 provided food including donuts provided by Dunkin’ Donuts, clam chowder provided by Applebee’s, and homemade chili.