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Third-annual event combines talents of local architects, bakers. There are hands-on workshops and demonstrations too.

SUBMITTED PHOTO:  - Gingerbread Adventures has become an annual tradition at OMSI. Food science intertwines biology, technology, engineering, architecture and physics in the creation of these artistic creations showcasing Portlands diverse cultural experience, innovative food scene, and architectural expertise.

Jingle all the way to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry this holiday season to see towering sculptures, sweet science demonstrations and build-it-yourself workshops at the third annual Gingerbread Adventures.

Local architecture firms and bakeries have teamed up to design and build gingerbread sculptures focused on the theme "Egypt." Teams include Soderstrom Architects and Bon Appetit Management Company, Lewallen Architecture and New Seasons, Scott Edwards Architecture and Sugar Cubed Cakes, LRS Architects and Love Bites by Carnie, Walker Macy and Sarah's Cookies, LEVER Architecture and Pix Patisserie, WRK Engineers and Ankrom Moisan Architects and Delice Chocolate and Confections.

Gingerbread Adventures highlights the innovation and food science that goes into assembling elaborate gingerbread sculptures. Food science intertwines biology, technology, engineering, architecture and physics in developing these artistic creations showcasing Portland's diverse cultural experience, innovative food scene, and architectural expertise.

"The last two years of Gingerbread Adventure have been so much fun, and I'm always impressed by the creativity of the teams," said Melony Beaird, OMSI events manager. "The architect firms really push the boundaries of what the bakers can accomplish with edible materials, and you will see new and innovative ways to use gingerbread and sugar."

There will be more than just amazing sculptures on view. Located in OMSI's auditorium, guests can learn how to make an origami Sphinx, decode hieroglyphics, design a winter scene and more. Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for the People's Choice Award, select-

ing their favorite gingerbread sculpture.

Returning this year is the popular food science workshop How Does the Cookie Crumble? Adults will spend an evening learning how buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes. Then, they'll have the chance to build and test their own quake-proof gingerbread house. Workshops will be held Dec. 13, 18 and 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per gingerbread house (up to two people per house).

Gingerbread Adventures is included with general admission to the museum and will be on view in the OMSI auditorium through Jan. 1. For more information visit omsi.edu.

OSMI is located at 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214.

— For The Review, Tidings

OMSI's annual Gingerbread Adventures is an extravaganza in building and baking. Admission to the special exhibit is free with paid OMSI admission.


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