Already in its 23rd year, the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver is currently filled with more than 30 gingerbread houses built by amateur and professional bakers, as well as secondary students enrolled in culinary arts programs.
What is noticeably different this year is the centrepiece. This new masterpiece made by Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich measures 11 feet tall and 16 feet wide. Ingredients include 500 pounds of gingerbread dough, 400 pounds of confection sugar and 1,400 egg whites, plus a few secret ingredients and a little help from Hyatt’s engineering department. Standing beside it is a replica of the iconic steam clock from Gastown.
In addition to traditional gingerbread houses, you will find displays themed around popular animations such as Spongebob Squarepants and Despicable Me. There are also some creative gingerbread houses including Santa’s Bora Bora Getaway, the Penguin Kingdom, or the Polar Bear Village.
The following are some pictures of the gingerbread houses, but pictures won’t do their justice. So if you’re in the area, drop by the hotel and have a walk through all the displays, vote for your favourite and make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation!
The gingerbread houses will be on display until December 27, 2013.
Gingerbread Lane at Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street, Vancouver