Monday, December 12, 2011

Gingerbread Village :: Melbourne Town Hall

A guest post from our favourite Brunswick Foodie Mumma - Mel.....

Looking for somewhere a bit different to take the kids to before Christmas? LOVE gingerbread? Then Melbourne Town Hall has just the thing for you.

Epicure Catering have created a gingerbread village, complete with replicas of some of Melbourne’s icons, like the MCG, Arts Centre and Flinders Street Station.

Little Miss, the Little Man and I made a trip into the city and followed our noses to the sweet, sweet smell of gingerbread.

Entry is free, but donations to the Starlight Foundation can be made. If you do make a donation, the kids can hang a gingerbread man cutout on one of the Christmas trees with their name on it. Apparently it took two months to create the village, so given the amount of effort taken and the great work the Starlight Foundation do for sick kids and their families, a donation was the least I could give.

The room with the display is actually only quite small, but the detail in the creations is amazing! Little people made out of marzipan sell bread, fruit and vegetables from market stalls, children skate on a frozen lake and wait for the train at the station. Cricket players in their whites are even playing on the MCG!

As well as looking at the wonderful creations, you can buy some gingerbread to take home. Little Miss DEVOURED her beautiful gingerbread man and I couldn’t resist a small decorated heart to enjoy at home.

I wouldn’t make a special trip in to the city just to see the village, but if you happen to be there with the kids anyway, visiting the Myer windows and Father Christmas, then it’s well worth a stop in.

The village is open from 11am to 6pm daily, up until Christmas Eve.

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