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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney Presents Festive Fun with Anna Polyviou

November 25, 2016 Food & Beverage No Comments Email Email

Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou’s giant gingerbread house will be unveiled to the sounds of a funky gospel choir with hip hop rappers, and will be open to the public on 3 December 2016.

Polyviou and her team of elves will work around the clock to create the life-size gingerbread house, edible lolly garden and colourful carousel to delight festive revellers this Christmas season.

Over 2,000 kilos of gingerbread bricks, 500 kilos of lollies, 100 kilos of fondant, 200 lollipops and oodles of icing will be used to build the house, created by Polyviou, her team, and 20 members of the Australian Cake Decorating Network, founded by Elizabeth Wright.


Members of the network will fly in from around Australia to work on this deliciously fun project, including Verusca Walker, who will create a motor-powered moving sweet carousel.

“This year, we’re taking our epic gingerbread wonderland to a whole new level, as we want to create something Sydney has never seen before at Christmas,” Polyviou said.

She said she wanted a fun and festive fantasy garden like no other. “I love that people think we’re crazy with creations like this, and I love that adults often get more excited than the kids once they see it,” she said.


The gingerbread house and garden will be open daily at The Lobby Lounge from 7 a.m. from 3 to 26 December 2016.
The garden will have delicious festive treats for sale, including Mini Gingerbread Lolly Bag Houses, a Ginger Ninja’s Family, Fruit Mince Star Tarts, Mix ‘n’ Match Rocky Road, Christmas Pudding, Strawberry Candy Cane and Caramel Gingerbread Macarons, White Christmas Nougat and a Pastry Chef’s Christmas Stocking.


Join the Christmas Parade with Polyviou’s delicious take on yuletide fun. Guests will delight in the Cherry Pie, White Ozzy Berry Christmas, Santa’s Hats, Merry Scones and Christmas Presents under the Tree.

The Christmas High Tea is available at The Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, from 1 to 31 December 2016, between 1 and 5 p.m.

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