Architecture 101: Start with Gingerbread

The first known recipe for gingerbread can be traced back to Greece in 2400 BC. Amazing to think that one of our favourite treats has been enjoyed for millennia, isn’t it?

Ginger has long been used for its medicinal properties as well as its distinct fiery flavour. Gingerbread itself has deeply-rooted connections to festivity and merriment. Today, one is hard pressed to think of gingerbread without also thinking of the winter holidays.

Now synonymous with the season, the construction of gingerbread houses came into popularity during the 16th century in Germany. It is suggested that our appreciation for gingerbread houses may be due, in part, to the story of Hansel and Gretel, the hapless characters of Brothers Grimm who stumble upon a house constructed entirely out of confectionery.

Whether we can credit a fairy tale with this winsome pastime or not, we are solidly in the camp of those who wholeheartedly appreciate a well-constructed cookie house.

Our love of this tradition will be on full display this December as we host an afternoon of Gingerbread House Decorating, complete with cups of hot cocoa, and all the tools required to complete Bangbelly’s “Architecture 101” course.

House-builders will each be equipped with pre-baked gingerbread, icing, and decoration enough to let their imagination run wild. Pre-booking for this event is required, so that our resident gingerbread contractor may produce the right materials.

We will be breaking ground on Saturday, December 7 at 3 PM and look forward to seeing your creativity come to life!

To book our afternoon of Gingerbread House Building for just $15 per person, call or email 709.266.2020, manager@bangbelly.com.

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