Victoria’s Inn at Laurel Point is once again hosting Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase, benefiting Habitat for Humanity Victoria. The event brings together professional and amateur bakers from across Canada and highlights their creativity, while supporting the work of Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
Last year over $44,120.47 was raised for Habitat for Humanity Victoria and garnered media attention for our gingerbread makers.
This year’s theme is…AROUND THE WORLD
We ask that you embrace the concept of “Around the World” and get creative! Gingerbread creations are to be imagined and worked to interpret this theme freely. Maybe you’ll find your inspiration in travel, unique traditions, adventures or friendships. Embrace the world’s culture or tell us about your heritage. Both the interpretation of the theme and how clearly it is expressed will contribute towards the points awarded by the judges.
• Professional = Someone who is formally trained OR has worked in a professional/ commercial culinary environment. If you have sold your baking or culinary creations in a professional capacity - you're a pro
• Home Chef (Amateur) = Someone who does not work in a professional/commercial kitchen and has not been formally trained or paid for their baking creations.
*Home Chefs who are awarded 1st place three times will graduate to the Professional category - your work is outstanding and you deserve to be recognized as a Pro!
The sixth annual Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase raised $44,000, a record-breaking amount for the third consecutive year, bringing the seven-year total to $128,292.
More than 9,800 votes were cast during the showcase with, “The Rainbow Connection,” by Anne-Marie Fortin (There Will Be Cake) for the Victoria Residential Builders Association winning the 2015 People’s Choice Award. This was a back-to-back win for Fortin, who also received the judge’s pick for the professional category and the Kick-Off Kudo's award at the Showcase launch in November 2015.
The Rainbow Connection - 1st Prize Professional - Victoria Residential Builders Association - Ann-Marie Fortin (There Will Be Cake)
Victoria Residential Builders Association & Ann-Marie Fortin also won 1st Place Professional in 2014
Families are filled with real “characters” and you don’t have to be related to be part of a family like the Muppets.
Our Tourism Family - 2nd Place Professional
Inn at Laurel Point - Kimberley Vy, Pastry Chef
As a newcomer to Victoria, I thought it was key to highlight the hospitality industry, its synergy of teams and how it represented the city as one big family. We wanted to create something that was playful, whimsical and inspires critical thought and interpretation.
The Griswold Family - 3rd Place Professional - Lone Tree Bakery - Terry
The Griswold Family says Christmas to me. So I created their house, complete with cousin Eddie’s RV, cause every family has a “Cousin Eddie”.
Minions in Need - 1st Place Amateur - Sarah Jones Lescene - Love One Hair Studio
Sarah also won 1st Place Amateur in 2011
Redeemed people can give great value to others in need. Adoptive kids, or foster kids sometimes need a little extra support from someone who knows how it feels to be alone or that they don’t belong. The Grinch was a perfect ex villain! He can help reform the Minions.
West Coast Long House - 2nd Place Amateur - Spectrum Community School - Culinary Arts Program
We are most proud how hard we all worked together!
Do You Want to Build a Snowman? - 3rd Place Amateur - Jennifer Dumont
In 2014 & 2013 Jennifer won 1st Place
The bond Elsa & Anna share. I have 2 sisters and growing up with them was not exactly what you would call a Disney movie (It involved more fighting, hair pulling, teasing typical sister stuff) but we did manage to create a very strong bond & when you say the word "family" they are the first thing I think of.
Christmas Camping - Jesika Parker - Amateur
Family Tree - Laura Sleath - Amateur
Frozen Catalano - Catalano Restaurant & Magnolia Hotel - Aaron Lawrence - Professional
Berenstain Bears - Danette & Alex Smith - Amateur
Christmas Dream - Michelle Thut & Brittany Vince - Amateur
"Squirrel" a Typical Griswold Family Christmas - Terra Steacy - Amateur
All Inclusive Family Vacation - St. Christopher's Montessori School - Amateur
Wren's Den - Chateau Victoria - Jay Holder & Mike Dunlop - Professional
Paleo Family - Amanda Cooke & April Nowell - Amateur
Helical Family Tree- Seraphia Pereira - Amateur
All My Relations - Aurora Skala & Megan Farquhar - Amateur
Family Photo Memories - Jennifer Bibb - Amateur
1569 Willow Street, Home at Last - Victoria Premier Network Group
of Realtors - Allison Shelrud & Shannon Hedges - Crust Bakery -
Our Gingerbread Place - Emilie Selton & Erica Tiedemann - Professional
Gingerbread Frolic - Lloyd & Linda Gilmore - Amateur
Tintin's Family Visits the Lighthouse - Coastal & Ocean Resources - Amateur
Family Traditions - Helijet - Tanya Martin - Amateur
Fairy Tale Families - Barb & Ken Marquardt- Sweet Delights - Amateur
You don't put together an event like this with out a ton of help from our community and these fine folks have stepped up above and beyond. Please help us to support them for the investment that they make everyday into our community.