A creation from the National Gingerbread Showcase.

A creation from the National Gingerbread Showcase.

Sweet! Gingerbread creations

National Gingerbread Showcase now on at Laurel Point Inn

Now, that’s sweet.

For the sixth consecutive year, Inn at Laurel Point is home to Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase, featuring more than 25 works of 100 per cent edible art by professional and home bakers.

The annual fundraising event puts these scrumptious creations on display where they will go head-to-head, all in the name of raising funds for Habitat For Humanity Victoria.

This year’s theme focuses on Where Things Live, allowing participants to let their imaginations run wild as they dream up homes for snails, Ewoks, and even a little boy’s imagination.

Both the professional and home baker creations were judged and awarded top prizes by a panel of judges.

However, members of the public have the ultimate power by picking the winner of the highest category, People’s Choice, by exchanging a donation to Habitat for Humanity Victoria for a vote.

Ballots and donation boxes are located at the hotel’s front desk and lobby display area (voting for the People’s Choice award closes on Sunday (Jan. 4).

In 2013, the event resulted in a record donation of more than $21,500 to Habitat for Humanity Victoria, a $5,000 increase over 2012. All funds went towards supporting the building of new homes for lower-income families living in the Victoria region.

This year’s entries are on display at Inn at Laurel Point until Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Judge’s picks for the 2014 Gingerbread Showcase:

n Professional: First – Anne-Marie Fortin, Victoria Residential Builders Association, It’s All in Your Head; Second – Alicia Campbell, Whitney Lee, & April Iverson, Inn at Laurel Point, The Forest Floor; Third – Helen Siemens, Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, Vacationing at the Pier.

n Home baker: Tie for 1st – Jennifer Dumont, Life in the Shire and Lulu Sanchez-Laurel, Oh, My Cats!; Second – Crystal Smith and Kaprieli Vataiki, Cloverdale Out of School Care, Christmas on Endor; Third – Tanya Martin, Habitat for Humanity Victoria, Fairy House.

 

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