Gingerbread house contest in Farmingdale

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The Chocolate Duck is sponsoring a gingerbread house

The Chocolate Duck is sponsoring a gingerbread house competition. Photo Credit: istock

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Confectionary architects, get cracking: The Chocolate Duck, Long Island’s premier baking-supply emporium, is sponsoring a gingerbread house competition on Nov. 16. The registration deadline is Nov. 1.

Entries need not be actual houses. Any structure — real or imaginary — is eligible for entry: house, train station, bridge, ship, lighthouse, spaceship. However, the structure should be inspired by Long Island. (I’d love to see the Nassau Coliseum committed to gingerbread before it is destroyed.)

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The entries will be judged by Christina Bisbee, co-owner of The Chocolate Duck and a contestant on Food Network’s "Challenge" and "Last Cake Standing"; Micheline Cummings, owner of Madame Butterfly Cakes in Babylon and Ralph Ekstrand, mayor of Farmingdale.

Cash prizes and gift certificates will be awarded in each of four divisions: Adult amateur, adult professional, children 11 to 17, children under 10. The registration fee is $25 for adults, $5 for children. A complete list of rules and an entry form are available at, or call or stop by the store. The Chocolate Duck is at 310 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-249-0887.

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