Punk Princess of Pastry and Executive Pastry Chef of Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, Anna Polyviou has unveiled her giant gingerbread house in the lobby of the Shangri-La and holy…. night it is amazing! (when can I move in?)


Polyviou and her team of elves worked around the clock to create the life-size gingerbread house, edible lolly garden and colourful, motor-powered moving sweet carousel to delight festive merrymakers this Christmas season. Over 2,000 kilos of gingerbread bricks, 500 kilos of lollies, 100 kilos of fondant, 200 lollipops and oodles of icing were used to build the house, created by Polyviou, her team, and 20 members of the Australian Cake Decorating Network, founded by Elizabeth Wright.


“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. “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.”

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.

The gingerbread house and garden will be open daily at The Lobby Lounge from 7 a.m. until 26th December 2016.


This Christmas Shangri-La Sydney will also be presenting a scrumptious Christmas themed high tea designed by Polyviou and full of yuletide fun. Guests will enjoy goodies including Cherry Pie, White Ozzy Berry Christmas, Santa’s Hats, Merry Scones and Christmas chocolatey presents under the tree. All the delicious treats are made in the Shangri-La pastry kitchen, and a fine selection of teas will complete the festive celebration. If you are feeling a little more jolly, indulge in the high tea with Champagne! Tis the season…..


Price: $55 per person and $27.50 per child.

Add sparkling wine for an additional $65 per person.

Add Champagne for an additional $75 per person.

Address:  The Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney,  176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

When: 1st to 31 December 2016, between 1pm  and 5pm.


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