The Annual MATC Parade Of Gingerbread Houses
Arriving December 2nd and on display through the 13th
Milwaukee Area Technical College’s annual gingerbread house competition and public display includes a new twist this year. In addition to 31 elaborate traditional gingerbread house entries, there will be three replicas of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena and four of the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park stadium as part of a new “Gingerbread Pro” partnership. All entries will be created by MATC’s baking and pastry arts associate degree and baking production diploma program students. They will be on display from Saturday, Dec. 2, through Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St.
The public is encouraged to view and bid on the creations. Proceeds from silent auctions for each entry will be used to offer scholarships to students in baking programs through the MATC Foundation, Inc.
Baking industry professionals will judge all entries for design and quality. Representatives of the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers and Eppstein Uhen Architects President Rich Tennessen, whose firm is the lead local architect for both Miller Park and the new Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, also will weigh in on judging the replicas of their structures. The Brewers Community Foundation and the Milwaukee Bucks have donated funds to the MATC Foundation’s scholarship program as part of this new partnership.
Visitors are invited to vote for the “people’s choice” scholarship winner in the traditional gingerbread house competition and also in the Gingerbread Pro competition. A reception for contestants and their families will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.13, at the Milwaukee Public Market; awards will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Results of the silent auctions also will be announced at the ceremony. Auction winners may take the houses with them that evening. The Wisconsin Bakers Association provides $1,500 in prizes and certificates for the winners.