New York, Norwegian town square off over gingerbread villages

Dec. 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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BERGEN, Norway, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A Norwegian town said it beat New York at creating the world's largest gingerbread village, but New York said the European village fails to meet requirements.

Steinar Kristoffersen and his team in Bergen, Norway, said the gingerbread village they unveiled Tuesday includes 1,990 buildings and trains, far surpassing the 135-house New York village dubbed the Guinness record holder Nov. 17, reported Thursday.

"Once again we have the record. It's just totally amazing, we simply have the largest, most beautiful and best gingerbread city in the universe," Kristoffersen said.

However, Meryl Pearlstein, a New York public relations worker, said the Bergen village fails to meet Guinness requirements.

"The Norwegian village does not meet the guidelines as it is spread out over a large space," Pearlstein said.

Thomas Ottosson, a member of the Bergen team, said officials have not decided whether to submit the creation to Guinness as they would have to collect the recipes for each building, many of which were baked by school classes and individuals around the town.

"The difference is that the one in New York is all made from the same recipe, and when it's the same recipe he can make sure that all of it is edible," Ottosson said. "Guinness have some rules that everything should be edible, and they need the recipes."

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