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While it's tempting to devour; it's not encouraged
Melbourne's Town Hall is already decked out for the Christmas holiday season and the iconic annual Christmas Gingerbread Village on display within Town Hall is now open for public viewing.

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Melbourne Town Hall created in gingerbread is just one of the many icons replicated.


Baked up by Epicure's executive pastry chef, Deniz Karaca and his team of 12 volunteers, the sweet construction is on display until Wednesday, December 24 With donations benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation.

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Executive pastry chef Deniz Karaca and the iconic MCG.


Now in its fourth year, the Gingerbread Village by Epicure has returned to the Melbourne Town Hall delighting both the young and younger at heart, right through until Christmas Eve.

At the 2014 Gingerbread Village you'll see some very recognisable landmarks including the Melbourne Town Hall (complete with the Lord Mayor), Melbourne Cricket Ground, Luna Park (with the roller coaster included) and a zoo featuring all kinds of remarkable mini animals, all connected by the Christmas train.

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Melbourne's delicious Luna Park.


New to the installation this year is Flemington Racecourse, including its iconic grandstand and complete with horses, jockeys, racegoers and a few cheeky surprises!

A host of fun and mischievous characters are worth exploring in detail, and complete a scene that captures the true essence of
a magical Christmas.

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Flemington Racecourse's confectionery horses.


The exhibition forms a key part of Melbourne's vibrant Christmas event calendar. Over 120,000 people have now witnessed the intricate and playful display of sweet creations for a nominal gold
coin donation. This year, proceeds go to Make A Wish® Australia, and so far almost $50,000 in generous donations has been raised via the exhibition.

Award-winning pastry chef Deniz Karaca says it's an initiative his team looks forward to each year and includes baking over 500 kilograms of gingerbread, using 300 kilograms of royal icing and 120 kilograms of marzipan.

The display also includes about 800 miniature Christmas trees to creative the festive backdrop. Constructing the village takes over 2,000 hours of work.

Epicure's pastry chefs have also baked up delicious gingerbread treats available for purchase!

Whilst devouring the village itself may be tempting, it is not encouraged!

The Gingerbread Village by Epicure is open Monday December 1 to Friday December 12 from 10:00 am until 6:00pm and Saturday December 13 to Wednesday, December 24 from 10:00am to 8:30pm at Melbourne Town Hall, corner Little Collins & Swanston Streets, Melbourne

Entry via gold coin donation with proceeds going to Make A Wish® Australia.
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Why? A sweet way to be charitable this holiday season
When: Until 6:00pm December 24, 2014
Where: Melbourne Town Hall
Cost: Gold Coin Donation for Make A Wish Australia
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