Be a Part of the Annual Gingerbread Lane Competition

The Ballantyne Hotel has categories for different age groups and levels of experience
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Courtesy of The Ballantyne Hotel
An entry at last year’s Gingerbread Lane competition.

If your family is a fan of shows like “Kids Baking Championships” and “Nailed It,” now’s your chance to compete and showcase your confectionary talents, while also benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital. The annual Gingerbread Lane competition at The Ballantyne Hotel invites children children ages 6-12, amateurs 12 and older (who do not work in a food-related business), as well as professional pastry chefs and bakers to design, build and showcase their best gingerbread creations. Entries in the past have ranged from the traditional gingerbread house to snow scenes and other whimsical creations. The only rules are that each piece must be entirely made of edible materials — no wood, cardboard, wire or lights can be incorporated into the structure — and it must include gingerbread. Judging is based on creativity, attention to detail, complexity and use of materials. 

Prizes are awarded in each category, including a two-hour culinary class led by The Ballantyne Hotel pastry chef, a special holiday brunch for four people, and a complimentary afternoon tea at The Ballantyne Hotel. The last day to submit entry forms is Nov. 22, and only the first 40 entries are accepted. Visitors can stroll Gingerbread Lane and vote on their favorite creations Dec. 5-26. Cast your vote for $1 with all proceeds benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital. Find the entry form at theballantynehotel.com/upcoming-events.