Gingerbread House Challenge

If you’re a fan of festive craft beer, delightful desserts turned into architectural masterpieces and a jolly good time for the whole family, ‘yule’ love this event!

The second annual Hardywood Gingerbread House Challenge dares local businesses, nonprofits and student groups to form teams and display their holiday spirit and creativity by constructing a gingerbread house centered around the 2018 theme: “Holiday Movies”

Thanks to the goodwill of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, this exciting event coincides with the release of their popular Gingerbread Stout (which BeerAdvocate calls “freagin’ Christmas in a bottle.”)

Hosted by BHCyp, the young professionals board of the Better Housing Coalition, event attendees will vote on their favorite houses to select the $500 People’s Choice Winner, and a celebrity judging panel will crown the $500 Runner-Up and $1,000 Grand Prize Winner! Houses will be up for auction for the public to purchase and take home that afternoon, and 100% of proceeds will support BHC’s mission of changing lives and transforming communities through high-quality affordable housing.

So don’t be a Scrooge – join the fun and support a great cause!

Event Details

Date & Time:
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Noon – 5:30 p.m.
Judging begins around 4 p.m.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA

2018 Theme:
‘Holiday Movies’

General admission is free!
To vote: $5 for 2 votes; $10 for 5 votes

Purchase VIP Tickets ($20):

Available in advance only. Includes:

  • 2 votes
  • 1 Hardywood drink ticket
  • Exclusive VIP cup koozie
  • Gingerbread cookie

Purchase VIP tickets here

Purchase an Event Tee:

Proudly show your support for Better Housing Coalition with a commemorative event tee! T-shirts ($20) and long sleeve tees ($25) can be purchased on Bonfire. Orders will be taken through Nov. 6, and tees shipped between Nov. 14-28.

Purchase a Tee

2018 Celebrity Judges Panel:

Melissa Chase, 103.7 Play
Richard Dickinson, TowneBank
Claire Hollingsworth, Chopped Junior Champion
Bernard Rogers, Better Housing Coalition
Matt Shofner, Hardywood
Micah “Bam-Bamm” White, RVA Has Talent

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Interested in Sponsoring?

Beer. Dessert. Cut-throat holiday competition. What more could you ask for???
Sponsors of the event will be highly visible to a diverse and merry crowd as the weekend of the Hardywood Gingerbread Stout release has historically drawn over 2,000 Richmonders. And that doesn’t include the gingerbread contest and celebrity judge panel.


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Below are some resources to help you build your gingerbread creation. *Use at your own risk.*

Gingerbread House Challenge 2017

We had a merry good time! Here’s a recap of last year’s event:


Photos by Taylor Dabney and BHC staff

Images - Celebrity Judges
2017 Judges’ Panel, from L: Mayor Levar Stoney, Katie Ukrop, Matt Shofner, Kelli Lemon, Lynn McAteer


Contact Event Chair Erin Ehrlich-Beard at