Volunteers decorate outside of the life-sized gingerbread house which is also The Pines Gift Shop at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre. The resort bought hundreds of sheets of gingerbread, icing and candy for decorating. — Lauren Collins photo

Volunteers decorate outside of the life-sized gingerbread house which is also The Pines Gift Shop at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre. The resort bought hundreds of sheets of gingerbread, icing and candy for decorating. — Lauren Collins photo

Parksville gift shop turned into gingerbread house

Resort buys hundreds of pounds of gingerbread, icing and candy

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas — at Tigh-Na-Mara, at least.

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre workers, along with Santa’s little helpers, converted the outside of the gift shop into a life-sized gingerbread house this week.

Eric Edwards, executive chef at Tig-Na-Mara, said since the resort doesn’t have a huge bakery, they outsourced the gingerbread to a company in Victoria.

Edwards said the resort purchased 1,000 sheets of gingerbread.

“It was hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pounds,” Edwards said.

They also purchased 200 to 300 pounds of icing and about 100 pounds of candy.

“Everything is 100 per cent edible, except we’re gluing (the gingerbread) to the base, so after it’s glued we don’t eat it,” Edwards said. “One year we put a fence up so people wouldn’t get too close. I have to admit, sometimes during the evening, people try to eat it.”

Edwards said they do have to stop guests from eating the candy from time to time.

Asked if it was little kids sneaking the candy, Edwards laughed and said it was usually adults.

“It’s the kid in all of us who go to it. Everybody loves gingerbread. Everybody loves candy,” he said.

The gingerbread house is set up in time for the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive which takes place Wednesday, Nov. 29 6:30-10 a.m.