I walked into the tasting room and was welcomed by a young lady sitting on the floor who directed me over to the tasting area. I said I had come just to see their Gingerbread House. See, at this point I was still thinking this contest was all about gingerbread houses. Her face lit up and she got up telling me this was it. She had decided to do something different this year and created a fireplace scene all by herself and was quite proud of it as well she should be.
The pieces on the mantle are made with Rice Krispies covered with icing. The stockings are all employees at the winery. Serena is who made this. She was in the process of repairing the crumbling candy "fire". The bricks are sugar icing covered graham crackers.
The picture frame depicting their tasting room setting hung above the fireplace is the gingerbread part.
These are edible candies made locally where they will overlay any image you like onto the candy. I think the guy on the left is old Mr. Muscardini. In the middle is the mother (in her younger years) who died this year and the son who is running the winery today.
And this is Beni the winery dog also made of Rice Krispies covered in icing. Don't ask me how Rice Krispies can be molded into shapes. I didn't ask. Beni has been caught twice licking himself, but no damage was done. You can see the candy fire Serena was repairing behind Beni.
Another gingerbread piece tomorrow.