Hyatt’s Gingerbread Lane opens for holiday strolls

Janet Boyhan of Everson, Washington, made this gingerbread creation. Carolyn Ali photo.

Janet Boyhan of Everson, Washington, made this gingerbread creation. Carolyn Ali photo.

The 24th annual Gingerbread Lane opened this week at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, and there are more than just houses to feast your eyes on. Over 30 gingerbread creations are on display this year in the hotel’s lobby–and many show some very out-of-the-cookie box thinking.

The event, which is a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish British Columbia & Yukon Canada, draws entries from local secondary schools, talented amateurs, and culinary professionals every year. Winners are declared in each category, and as one of the official judges, I know how difficult it is to single out the best.

You’ll have to go down to see which creations won, but part of the fun is that you can be a judge, too. With a donation on-site, anyone can cast of vote for their favourite house. Here’s a sample of what you’ll see.

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Hyatt’s Gingerbread Lane opens for holiday strolls

Attention Dessert Lovers: Vancouver Baker’s Market is Back

Photo credit: Whitney from Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Whitney from Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

Imagine a farmers market, but replace the fresh fruits and veggies with the kinds of sugary treats that make make dentists cringe and dessert lovers rejoice: cupcakes, cookies, brownies, macarons and just about every confection under the sun.

That’s the Vancouver Baker’s Market, held on select Saturdays now through December in South Vancouver’s Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre.  The unique market showcases homemade, local baked goods from 20 Vancouver bakers – everyone from pros to student and mommy bakers who want to share their creations with the world.

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Attention Dessert Lovers: Vancouver Baker’s Market is Back