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 fifth 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 based on a central theme.
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.
Date & Time:Sunday, November 14, 2021
Noon – 5:30 p.m.
Judging begins around 4 p.m.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA
To be announced August 1st
Limited number of VIP Ticket packages available (details below)
General admission is free!
To vote: $5 for 2 votes; $10 for 5 votes
VIP Tickets On Sale September 1!
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 plan to get yours early!
Competitors – Applications due Oct. 15th!
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 15th or until all 20 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 subject)
- 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 2021 competition today!
Many thanks to our 2021 Sponsors!
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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Below are some resources to help you build your gingerbread creation. *Use at your own risk.*
- Gingerbread Recipe (Food.com)
- How To Build An Indestructible Gingerbread House (NPR)
- How to Cook That | Gingerbread House Recipe (YouTube)
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”
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!
Contact Sarah Fernald, Director of Community Engagement.