Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - PHILLIPPA BUTT

THOSE with sweet teeth this Christ­mas need to visit SkyCity as the smell of gin­ger­bread fills the air.

It comes from a large gin­ger­bread vil­lage, com­plete with a model train chug­ging around the tracks.

The vil­lage has taken the SkyCity chefs more than 50 hours to com­plete and fea­tures more than 27kg of gin­ger­bread, 89kg of ic­ing sugar and thou­sands of lol­lies for dec­o­ra­tion.

Pas­try chefs Mary Ann Duco and Mary Ann San­tos said the vil­lage took a lot of ef­fort. “It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of all those fun days from your child­hood,” Ms Duco said.

“Our arms are a lit­tle sore from the hours and hours knead­ing but it will all be worth­while to see the look on peo­ple’s faces when they see the fin­ished prod­uct.”

The vil­lage will be on dis­play in The Vue Restau­rant un­til Box­ing Day.

Sky City pas­try chef Mary Ann Duco with the gin­ger­bread Christ­mas vil­lage she has cre­ated Pic­ture: KERI MEGELUS

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