South Charlotte

It’s time to start thinking about gingerbread

Put on your apron and break out the rolling pin; it’s Gingerbread Lane competition time at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.

The contest is open to amateur and professional bakers, and you can make houses or any sort of gingerbread creation imaginable.

Charlene Smith, Ballantyne’s Meeting and Event Administrative Coordinator, said no creation is off limits as long as it’s edible.

“One of our professional winners last year created a gingerbread sleigh pulled by gingerbread Clydesdales baked in silicone molds. The chef made the molds himself,” Smith said.

“We also had a gingerbread cat laying by the fire, a gingerbread lighthouse and a gingerbread Charlotte skyline.”

Last year there were 45 entries, most of from amateurs.

This year, Smith said, she hopes even more people will channel their creativity into gingerbread.

Applications are available online at Click on “upcoming events,” then “seasonal and holiday.”

The entry deadline is Dec. 1. Gingerbread creations should be brought to the hotel Dec. 6-9.

Entries will be judged at 3 p.m. Dec. 10.

Once judging is complete, the gingerbread creations will be on display through Dec. 28.

Attendees can vote for their favorite entries for a minimum of $1 per vote. All proceeds will benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital.

First- through third-place prizes will be awarded in both professional and amateur categories.

In addition to Gingerbread Lane, the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge is planning a number of other holiday activities, including holiday teas, hot chocolate and toddies, special holiday meals, winter getaway packages and more.

Visit the hotel’s website for more information.