Newtown Youth and Family Services

Edible Creations - Enter the Competition

It's more than just gingerbread!

We invite you to participate in the 1st Annual Edible Creations Competition!

Sugar cubes, marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, gum drops and more! Create an edible display, join in on the competition and win great prizes. Edible creations will be on display during the Holiday Festival at Trinity Church. A panel of judges will evaluate all entries and announce the winners at 3:30pm during the Holiday Festival.

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Winners Receive Prizes. 1st Place Prize is Walt Disney World Hopper Passes!

Sign Up to Join the Competition!

The cost to participate is $10
Participants will receive a 20% off discount on Holiday Festival tickets. Discount valid on pre-purchased tickets online only. Discount not valid on the day of the festival.

All proceeds from the Holiday Festival and Edible Creation Competition benefit Newtown Youth and Family Services)

Open to individuals, families, organizations, businesses, students, groups, chefs, etc. Entries will remain anonymous, the judges will not know who the creators are.

Entry Deadline is Friday, November 22 at 5:00pm.

Entry Criteria:
  • BASE
    • Structure should be constructed on a sturdy base—heavy cardboard, foam core, or wood (dependent on weight). If using cardboard, PLEASE cover base with aluminum foil so that moisture from the icing does not soak into it.
    • Non-edible materials such as paint and/or ribbon are approved and encouraged to decorate the outer edge of your base only.
  • SIZE LIMITATIONS
    • Entries combines with base must not be larger than 24 inches high, 24 inches wide, and 24 inches long.
  • MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION
    • Everything above the base of your entry must be composed completely of edible materials.
      Edible materials are not limited to candies and icings. Use of gum paste, fondant, pastillage, chocolate, modeling chocolate, royal icing, isomalt, cast sugar, gelatin and pressed sugar is encouraged. Use of "Disco Dust", "Rainbow Dust" or “Hologram Powder” is permitted. Any entry with non-edible components will be automatically disqualified from placing in the competition.
    • No artificial display materials, such as Styrofoam, interior lighting or other electronic components are to be used in the construction or decoration of the entry.
    • Candies must be unwrapped and free of any non-edible materials, for example: lollipop sticks.
    • Non-edible materials such as paint and/or ribbon are approved and encouraged to decorate the outer edge of your base only.
    • Icing - use ONLY royal icing, we cannot accept structures made with egg or butter icing as they quickly turn rancid and soften causing the structure to disintegrate.
    • Do NOT use anything on your creation that requires refrigeration (such as prepared Jello, etc.)
  • JUDGING
    • All entries will be judged on four criteria:
      1) Overall Appearance
      2) Originality and Creativity
      3) Difficulty
      4) Precision
Sign up to Join the Competition!
Delivery Dates, Display Timeline & Pick-up:
  • Deliveries are accepted at Trinity Church only. 
  • Deliveries start on Monday, December 2nd and are accepted Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 2:30pm. Contact Kim Merrill if you need to make alternate arrangements for drop off. 
  • Entries must be delivered to Trinity Church by 3:00pm on Friday December 6th. Contact Kim Merrill if you need to make alternate arrangements for drop off. 
  • Entries will be displayed from 11:00am -  3:30pm on Sunday, December 8th, during the Holiday Festival, at Trinity Church.
  • The judges will announce the winners at 3:30pm on Sunday, December 8th.
  • Displays can be picked up starting at 3:45pm on Sunday, December 8th until 4:30pm. Or Tuesday through Friday from 9:00am - 2:30pm the week following the Holiday Festival.


If you have any questions please contact Kim Merrill at 203-426-9070 or kmerrill@trinitynewtownct.org