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 third 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 2019 theme: “Holiday Songs”

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! Houses will be up for auction for the public to purchase and take home that afternoon, and 100% of proceeds supported BHC’s mission of changing lives and transforming communities through high-quality affordable housing.

Event Details

Date & Time:
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Noon – 5:30 p.m.
Judging begins around 4 p.m.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA

2019 Theme:
‘Holiday Songs’

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

Family friendly activities provided by Virginia Repertory Theatre. Join us!

VIP Tickets On Sale Now!

Limited number, available in advance only. Includes:

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

Each year our VIP ticket packages sell out, so get yours today!

Purchase your VIP ticket package here

Many thanks to our sweet sponsors!

Gingerbread Challenge Sponsor Logos

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.


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Competitors – Applications due Oct. 4th!

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 4th or until all 24 spaces are filled.

We’ve made a few changes to this year’s competition to make things a little easier for our teams:

  • Exclusivity in subject matter (no two teams will be allowed to depict the same song)
  • Simplified rules
  • An easier to navigate event layout
  • An expert judges panel
  • Reduced time requirements for team members on the event day

Be a part of the action and support a great cause. Submit your entry form for the 2019 competition today!

Download Entry Packet



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

Gingerbread House Challenge 2018

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

  • 21 competitors
  • 500+ attendees
  • $26,000+ raised
  • VIP tickets SOLD OUT


Photos by Taylor Dabney

2018 Grand Prize Winner, Architecture Design Office

2018 People’s Choice and Juried Runner Up winner, Balzer and Associates




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