Anna Polyviou and Her Life Size Gingerbread House

Rebecca Varidel
15th Nov 2015

Anna Polyviou Presents Wicked Christmas Party With Gospel Singers, Bearded Bakers and Tribal Drummers at Wonderland Gingerbread House

Anna Polyviou and her pastry team will add a cool new twist to Christmas when they unveil a life-size gingerbread house and edible lolly garden to the tune of gospel singers and tribal drummers at a VIP launch party at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney on December 1st.

Anna's team is busy building the Christmas wonderland that Hansel and Gretel would kill to take a bite out of using 1500 kilograms of gingerbread bricks and oodles of icing and lollies. It will be open to the public from December 2nd with take-home goodies to buy.

“Come through our lobby in December and you will take a mad trip through the gingerbread house and try all the lollies,” Anna said.

With DJ Broox spinning funky tunes, gospel singers bringing down the house and drummer Lloyd G lifting the roof, this will not be your average Christmas party. The guest list includes celebrity chefs, Anna's industry friends and TV and radio personalities.

There will be a special appearance by the Bearded Bakers, who will pass around a Christmas version of Knafeh, the dessert made famous at the pop-up street-art-covered bakery which they move around Sydney and even to New York.

Anna will be on hand to sign copies of the new Great Australian Cook Book featuring 100 of Australia's top chefs and their recipes, with proceeds donated to OzHarvest.

Anna said she wanted to create an Anna party that no other hotel would do. “Christmas doesn't have to be all about singing old carols – why shouldn't it be a really fun, exciting event with lots of colour, music and food, all those awesome things,” she said.

Anna's gingerbread house will be unveiled to VIP guests at 6pm Tuesday, December 1st 2015, at an invitation only event with drummers and gospel singers, a DJ, a special appearance by the Bearded Bakers and hotel staff lighting the Christmas tree in the lobby at Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, 176 Cumberland Street The Rocks.


The gingerbread house will be open to the public daily from 7am on Wednesday, December 2nd. Mini Gingerbread Lolly Bag Houses, Ginger Ninjas, Fruit Mince Tubes, Connect Four Macaron Packs, White Christmas Nougat and Christmas Pudding will be for sale in take-home packs.

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