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Vancouver — By thevancouverguide on December 19, 2009 at 11:30 am

Visit Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver

DSC00005“And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbred.” William Shakespeare “Love’s Labours Lost”

ETYMOLOGY: Middle England gingerbred, a stiff pudding, with preserved ginger.

GINGERBREAD:  A dark molasses cake flavored with ginger.

Do you remember the story about Hansel and Gretel and how they got lost in the forest and found a strange little gingerbread house made with cookies and candy?  And do you remember the story about the Gingerbread Man? “Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”.  Well, here’s  your chance to indulge in some childhood fantasies and see some real gingerbread houses and lots of cute little gingerbread men.  I recall one Christmas several years ago when I was a single mom supporting two kids.  We had very little money at Christmas with which to buy gifts, so we made gingerbread houses for our friends.  When I walked down Gingerbread Lane, I remembered that Christmas and what fun my daughter and I had baking and decorating them.DSC00011

Until December 27 in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel you can walk down Gingerbread Lane and experiences the hundreds of artfully decorated and originally designed gingerbread houses that are on display.  Most of them were baked and constructed by children from schools around the Lower Mainland.  A few other more extravagent structures were made by students of culinary schools.  And the biggest one of all is the work of the hotel chef and staff and stands 11 feet tall!

You can vote on your favorite creation, and it’s hard to choose.  My favorite was the Cinderella Castle but that was a toss-up among several others including the Tudor style gingerbread house.  Be sure and take a look.  And bring your kids along, or your friend’s kids, because they’ll love it.  There are even two large gingerbread men with holes cut where you can stick you own face for a cute photo op.  Quite hilarious!

The houses and other miniature buildings are all constructed out of gingerbread with innovative trimmings such as using Shreddies for roof tiles, Smarties for trim, cookies for paving stones.  Even the little people and trees are made from marzipan or candy.  It’s really quite an incredible work of art, and guaranteed to get you right into the holiday spirit.

And if you want to try making one yourself, here’s some patterns and recipes:  Celebrating Christmas and  Home cooking.

HYATT REGENCY HOTEL

655 Burrard St.

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PHOTOS by Ruth Kozak

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