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Fans young and old come to gingerbread village giveaway at NYSCI


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It was a bittersweet feeling for Chef Jon Lovitch as he removed the first candy covered house out of “GingerBread Lane.”

Lovitch, a Bronx resident, is the creator behind the 1.5 ton, 300-square-foot village known as “GingerBread Lane,” named the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records.

The village, consisting of 160 houses made completely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy, was on display at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park from November up until this past weekend.

Instead of throwing out the estimated 2, 350 pounds of icing, 400 pounds of candy, and 500 pounds of gingerbread dough, Lovitch decided the best thing to do would be to give away pieces of the village to fans of all ages.

“People are really attached to GingerBread Lane,” said Lovitch. “They can take a piece of it with them. It just seems like the best way to do this.”

Fans came to the Hall of Science on Sunday to wait in line for the chance to take home a piece of history. Along with the houses, the gingerbread village was made up of 65 candy trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, a skating rink, a carousel, trains and more.

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Before starting the giveaway, Lovitch made sure to let everyone know that although the houses are made out of edible materials, he does not recommend anyone consume the pieces because the different candy is months old, has been through a lot of touching and some have even fallen to the ground.

Cole, 7, was the first lucky fan to get his pick of the village and chose a gingerbread house with a roof covered in star shaped candy.

“This gingerbread village is so spectacular and my kids have fallen in love with it,” said Cole’s mother, Kam Wong, from Woodside, who also brought 7-year-old daughter Isabella to the event. “I love the holiday times and just to have a reminder of it during the year is fantastic.”

Isabella was not shy about choosing the horse-filled carousel.

Making sure each fan could enjoy having the gingerbread houses and other edible pieces for a long time, Lovitch also gave each participant instructions on proper preservation.

“If you do take that time to preserve it, it’ll last a long time,” said Lovitch.

Although last year’s “GingerBread Lane” has already been taken apart, Lovitch plans on starting to work on this year’s new village by the end of the month and hopes to go even bigger.

The 2014-2015 GingerBread Lane will be on display at the NY Hall of Science in the fall.

 

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NY Hall of Science gingerbread village sets record for world’s largest


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Photo Courtesy Andrew Kelly/ NY Hall of Science

A gingerbread village right in Queens has been named the largest in the world, just in time for the holidays.

“GingerBread Lane,” a 1.5-ton, 300-square-foot village, currently on display at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park  has been named the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records .

The village, consisting of 160 houses made completely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy, was created by Jon Lovitch and has been on display since November.

GingerBread Lane includes an estimated 2, 350 pounds of icing, 400 pounds of candy and 500 pounds of gingerbread dough. It is made up of 160 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, a skating rink, candy trees, sugar signage and more.

Layout and composition of the village change yearly. Yet, GingerBread Lane always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place and Toffee Boulevard.

This year’s new additions include Ribbon Candy Ridge and “behind-the-scenes” windows, giving a peek into the makings of GingerBread Lane with ovens, models, and ingredients, made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand over the back of the exhibit.

Lovitch will lead a gingerbread house workshop on Saturday, December 28, and will give away all the GingerBread Lane houses on Sunday, January 12 as a grand exhibit finale. Fans will be able to take home up to two gingerbread houses.

The GingerBread Lane creator will also be shipping houses to children unable to attend the exhibit or giveaway due to health or other situations.

Visitors can come see the edible village until January 12 from  Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults 18 years and older; and $8 for children two to 17 years old, students and seniors.

For more information visit the GingerBread Lane website, or check it out on Facebook .

 

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Come to the New York Hall of Science to see GingerBread Lane, homemade gingerbread houses that took an entire year for chef Jon Lovitch to conceptualize and create. The 1.5 ton, 300-square-foot village is made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy, is a contender for the Guinness World Record for the largest gingerbread exhibit. The exhibit also includes a behind-the-scenes window that gives a look at the makings of GingerBread Lane. Free with museum admission through January 12. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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