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While we had to wait 10 minutes for our food ordered at Bada Bing Food Truck, we decided to check out the Gingerbread Lane inside the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel.

Gingerbread Lane at Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane at Hyatt Regency Vancouver

In its 21st year, the hotel lobby is adorned by approximately 40 gingerbread houses built by amateur and professional bakers, as well as college and high school students enrolled in culinary arts programs.

The iconic gingerbread house uses over 2kg of brown sugar, 5kg of icing sugar, 4kg of margarine, 4kg of molasses, 1kg of corn syrup, 16kg of pastry flour and some other secret ingredients to build. An additional 1400 egg whites, 300lb of icing sugar and 500lb of gingerbread dough were used for extra touches.

Iconic, Giant Gingerbread House

Iconic, Giant Gingerbread House

Not only this is a fundraising initiative for Make a Wish Foundation, it’s also a gingerbread competition. As you walk around, you notice gingerbread houses are awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in various categories such as secondary school, amateur and professional. (more…)

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This Sunday, June 20, is Father’s Day. Have you decided on what to do with your dad? If not, we got two tasty suggestions for you:

Aluminum Chef Competition

In conjunction with the 22nd annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, the 4th annual Aluminum Chef Competition will take place at Creekside Park. The 2010 competition is welcoming top culinary students from Vancouver Community College, the Art Institute and representatives from the BC Junior Chefs Association to compete in a culinary showdown for the $1,000 cash prize and the Aluminum Chef trophy. The eight student chefs will be using ingredients from within a 100 mile radius of Vancouver and the dishes must use the non-stick “Slide” aluminum foil during preparation or for presentation.

Marc André Choquette, executive chef of the Voya Restaurant at the Loden hotel, will be the celebrity judge at this year’s Aluminum Chef Competition. Chef Choquette will be there during the final heats at 2:00 and 3:00 pm, with the 2010 Aluminum Chef being crowned shortly after.

What’s in it for your dad?

One lucky audience will be picked to be a guest judge for each round of the competition. That could be your dad!

Preliminary heats will take place on Saturday and earlier on Sunday. For more information and competition schedule, visit the Aluminum Chef Competition website.

Vancouver’s 1st Cupcake Challenge

Mijune, a fellow food blogger at Follow Me Foodie, has put together Vancouver’s 1st Cupcake Challenge that will take place on Sunday, 11:00am – 3:30pm, at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. This is a great opportunity to meet local bakers and test a variety of cupcake flavours and recipes.

What’s in it for your dad?

If your dad is a fan of sweets, this is an event that he won’t want to miss.

This event is free to the public. For more information, visit the event page for Vancouver’s 1st Cupcake Challenge.

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