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 sixth annual 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 based on a central theme.

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 vote on their favorite houses to select the $500 People’s Choice Winner, and an expert judging panel will crown the $500 Runner-Up and $1,000 Grand Prize Winner! 100% of proceeds supported BHC’s mission of changing lives and transforming communities through high-quality affordable housing.


Event Details

Date & Time: Sunday, November 13, 2022
Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA

2022 Theme:
RVA Neighborhoods

Cost:

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

Limited number of VIP Ticket packages will be available starting September 1st. Sold only in advance, VIP package includes:

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

Each year our VIP ticket packages sell out, so plan to get yours early!


Competitors – Register by Oct. 16!

If you’re looking for a great team building activity, a creative outlet, or just want to compete for some cold, hard cash, form a Gingerbread House Challenge team! Teams of 2-6 members can sign up between now and October 16 or until all 18 spaces are filled. During our Christmas in July celebration, you can register your team with half off the entry fee! Just sign up by July 31st to snag the discount.

2022 COMPETITION RULES + ENTRY FORM

Be a part of the action and support a great cause. Submit your entry form for the 2022 competition today!


Many thanks to our 2022 Presenting Sponsor

Sponsorships are still available!

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.

2022 Gingerbread Challenge Sponsor Package


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Gingerbread House Challenge 2020

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

  • BHC’s first (and hopefully only) virtual Gingerbread House Challenge
  • 10 competitors
  • 122 team donors
  • $36,500+ raised

2020 Virtual Gingerbread House Challenge Winner, Team Sleigh Belles, “I’ll be Home for Christmas”

 

 

Balzer & Associates 2019 Team with gingerbread hosue
2019 Grand Prize Winner, Balzer & Associates; “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Grand Prize Winner, Architecture Design Office; “Nightmare Before Christmas”

2017 Grand Prize Winner, Gearharts Chocolates; “Main Street Station”

See all the photos from our past competitions on our Flickr page!


Questions?

Contact Sarah Fernald, Director of Community Engagement.