Gingerbread Competition and Charity Auction

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Pop open those advent calendars and load up on low-grade chocolate, it’s December! Gearing up for holiday events filled with cheer, I’ll be profiling many more events, fundraisers, and activities for families.

Photo credit: Carol Browne on Flickr

Last year launched the first annual Gingerbread Competition and Charity Auction that saw top local architects and designers construct sweet creations that were then auctioned off for charity. They’re back again this year with a new set of competitors, baking up unique designs for a good cause.

The rules are pretty simple: entries must be made from edible materials and constructed at a scale to fit within a 16″ x 16″ box. Once the structures are built, breaking the traditional mold by letting go of conventional jujube and candy-cane forms, bidding takes place online (starting December 3rd) and is followed by a fundraising gala (December 10th) filled with entertainment and libations.

The houses will be judged by an all-star panel consisting of last year’s competition and auction winner Architect D’Arcy Jones, Architect Bill Pechet, Conceptual Artist Ken Lum, and Contemporary Art Gallery Director Christina Ritchie.

To get an idea of the caliber of gingerbread work, you can browse the gallery of last year’s houses.

Participating gingerbread architects this year include:

  • McFarlane Green Biggar Architecture+Design
  • Romses Architects
  • Clash Collective
  • Designers at Large Design Consultants
  • Mallen Architecture Inc.
  • Eastside Design & Solus Decor Inc.
  • Measured Architecture
  • Busby Perkins and Will Architects
  • IBI Group (Richmond)
  • Nick Milkovich Architects Inc.
  • The gala on December 10th runs from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut Street) and photos of the gingerbread houses will be online a week in advance to accommodate bids.

    Tickets for the gala can be purchased online for $20 and you will also be able to bid in-person at the event. All proceeds will be donated to Architecture for Humanity (Vancouver Chapter).

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    1. Tyler IngramTuesday, December 1st, 2009 — 9:44am PST

      What who eats cheap Advent chocolate? Rogers chocolate for me again this year 😉

    2. Miss604Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 — 9:45am PST

      If Lindt made advent calendars I’d buy one for each month of the year 😛

    3. BennyFriday, December 4th, 2009 — 2:54pm PST


      I happened to see some Lindt Advent calendars at London Drugs..mazeltov!

    4. Arden LysiakTuesday, August 10th, 2010 — 1:01pm PDT

      very good… Thanks you very much !

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