Plans for Wilkes Literacy’s inaugural Gingerbread House Festival have been announced.

The festival, planned Nov. 19-22 in the downstairs “Bassment” of Talia Espresso on Main Street, North Wilkesboro, will feature gingerbread houses made by Wilkes County residents.

It’s being held over a four-day period to provide a wide range of times for people to come see the creations and allow social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, said an organizer.

Since the festival hours will extend beyond the closing time of Talia Espresso, a separate rear entrance to the Bassment will be used. Admission is free.

Gingerbread houses will be placed up for silent auction for people to purchase and feature in their homes over the holiday season. Visitors to the Gingerbread House Festival can vote for the People’s Choice Award winner through cash donations.

There also is no entry fee for the competition. There are three categories for entries: professional, amateur and “just for fun.” Cash prizes will be awarded in professional and amateur categories.

The Just for Fun category can be a decorated store-bought kit or a gingerbread house that won’t be presented for judging.

All entries in every category are eligible for the People’s Choice award.

A Baker’s Guide can be found at the Wilkes Literacy website with contest rules and recipe suggestions. Event sponsorship information is at

Wilkes Literacy is a 501©(3) agency that has been serving the literacy needs of Wilkes County for over 30 years.

Founded by the late Dr. Helen Latour, it provides free literacy programs to benefit adults below basic literacy levels and children in low-income communities.

Wilkes Literacy has a growing health literacy program to help all adults understand health information to make informed choices about t health care.

For more details, go to or call (336) 818-1323.

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