While a bit of a departure for houseporn.ca, this year marks the 24th annual Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
Not only is this an enchanting competition, it is also a charity event. Vote for your favourite and make a donation. All proceeds go to Make a Wish BC & Yukon Canada.
For true architectural innovation, see the more than 30 gingerbread creations by contributors from local schools, and culinary amateurs and professionals alike!
There are some truly gum-jaw-dropping designs.
Don’t be fooled by the life-like appearance. This is the 2014 centerpiece to Gingerbread Lane: an entire block of Gastown-esque bricked storefronts, constructed from 500 pounds of gingerbread dough, 400 pounds of confectioners’ sugar, and 1,400 egg whites (no elves were harmed in the making of this structure). Standing 11 feet tall by 16 feet wide, this structure is completed by a steam clock look-alike.
This event highlights everything we Canadians hold dear about home during the winter months: community, candy, and comraderie.
When voting, I couldn't decide on just one, so here are my top three favourites from this year's collection.
Kat Murray’s, of Kat's Cakes, “Winter Village” celebrates community in the lonely winter. In this cozy village, houses hurriedly huddle for warmth with bright festivity despite the winter chill.
Winter in homey Hogwarts always sounded so magical.
Over at "Castle Von Munch Mausen," by Ben Skinner and Genevieve Dionne, these mice certainly have got the right idea.
Though some appear to be enjoying the house a bit too much…
Nothing reinvents a home like winter. "Christmas in the Cabin," by Charlotte Gurney and Sabrina Amato, illustrates winter's transformative nature.
Stockings hang indoors while icicles shiver outdoors, and traditions that we wait for all year round can finally be engaged!
All photos credit to Emily Stringer.
Don't miss this heart-warming event, open at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver lobby until January 1st, 2015.
Researched and Written by Emily E.A. Stringer, Undergraduate of Sociology, and Geography: Environment & Sustainability, from the University of British Columbia.