Gingerbread House Challenge

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

On Sunday, Nov. 5, the inaugural Hardywood Gingerbread House Challenge hosted 21 local business and nonprofit teams that competed against each other constructing gingerbread “houses” centered around the 2017 theme: “Holidays in RVA.” The event was a huge success!

Gingerbread House Challenge 2017


Photos by Taylor Dabney and BHC staff


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

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

Hosted by BHCyp, the young professionals board of the Better Housing Coalition, event attendees voted on their favorite houses to select a $500 People’s Choice Winner, and our celebrity judging panel crowned the $1,000 Grand Prize Winner. Attendees also bid in our silent auction to take a gingerbread masterpiece home for the holidays! 100% of the proceeds supported BHC’s mission of changing lives and transforming communities through high-quality affordable housing.


2018 Event Details

Coming soon!

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors



AIA Richmond

Green Truck Marketing

Red Eye Cookie Co.

Virginia Community Capital


Want to sponsor the event in 2018?

Email Sarah Fernald, Resource and Development Manager,  or call 804-644-0546 x118.