Gingerbread Village at Grouse Mountain supports Surrey’s SOS home

Six-week festival is launched during a gala event on Thursday, Nov. 24

One of the creations at a recent Gingerbread Village showcase at Grouse Mountain.

One of the creations at a recent Gingerbread Village showcase at Grouse Mountain.

SURREY — Think you have what it takes to make a great gingerbread house?

Frosted creations are sought for a contest that helps fund the Surrey-based SOS Children’s Village B.C., a home for foster children and youth who have aged out of care.

A Gingerbread Village is showcased annually as part of Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas, which features sleigh rides, skating, visits with Santa and more, daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The six-week festival is launched during a gala event on Thursday, Nov. 24 which raises money for SOS – more than $600,000 over the past two decades – and serves as a preview of the Gingerbread Village.

CLICK HERE for contest info, including guidelines.

Thousands of Peak of Christmas visitors will vote for their favourite gingerbread house, each sponsored by a local company, service club or association, all in support of SOS’s charity work.

As part of a related contest, professional and amateur bakers and pastry chefs can enter a contest that features a grand prize of $1,000. The High School Category prize is a $200 Grouse Mountain gift card. Contest details and an entry form are posted in a link at Sosbc.org/news-events/PoC. All entries must be delivered to Grouse Mountain no later than 6 p.m. on Nov. 23, and voting starts on Nov. 24.

“These sweet creations are truly works of art, and local culinary experts spend hours upon hours perfecting the astonishing detail in the variety of jaw-dropping houses that make up the village,” reads a post on the SOS website.

Gala tickets are $99 each, with parking and a gondola ride included in the price. The event will be emceed by Global BC’s Amber Belzer and features a performance by alt-rock band Her Brothers, winners of the Langley Has Talent contest. More event details are posted at Sosbc.org/news-events/gala, or call SOS at 604-574-2964.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

 

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