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 dared 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.”)

Architecture Design Office

Hosted by BHCyp, the young professionals board of the Better Housing Coalition, event attendees voted on their favorite houses to select the $500 People’s Choice Winner, and a celebrity judging panel crowned the $500 Runner-Up and $1,000 Grand Prize Winner! Houses were 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.

Balzer and Associates

Congratulations to Architecture Design Office for their Grand Prize win, and to Balzer and Associates for winning both the People’s Choice Award and Runner-Up Award!

See you next year!


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

VIP Tickets

Available in advance only. Includes:

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


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 2018 Sponsors

Interested in Sponsoring in 2019?

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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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


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