'Suttonsville', a miniature version of Echuca-Moama made out of gingerbread at Moama's Sutton Bakery, has a growing number of admirers.RENEE THOMPSON December 9, 2013 11:04am
Amateur bakers looking for inspiration for their gingerbread houses this Christmas should look no further than the gingerbread village at Suttons Bakery in Moama.
The gingerbread village is called ‘Suttonsville’ and is almost a miniature version of Echuca-Moama with a train station, a school, a post office, a bakery, a candy store, a toy shop and a bridge — it will soon even include a river and the PS Pevensey.
Suttons Bakery owner Kathy Sperling said the display, which faces Moama’s Safeway entrance, was there for everyone to see.
‘‘We want people to come in and enjoy it,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s about having fun with it and it’s been fun to watch it grow.’’
Mrs Sperling said Suttonsville recently had a model train set added, while the gingerbread primary school had lights inside it and stained glass windows so it lit up at night.
‘‘Families coming out of Safeway are stopping to admire the display,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re getting a real buzz out of it.’’
The brainchild of pastry chef Robyn Lam, the gingerbread village has been a work in progress with the community voting on and suggesting their own ideas for additions to the village on the bakery’s Facebook page.
‘‘I added the bridge on Monday and the next thing I’ll do is the Pevensey,’’ she said.
Ms Lam said the secret ingredient was her love of the local community and businesses.
‘‘It’s a very old bakery, it’s been in the town for over 150 years,’’ she said.
‘‘(The display is) something I wanted to do for the community.
‘‘I’m passionate about local businesses and have seen a number of them dwindling up against competition from a lot of franchises.
‘‘The community is a family and it’s important to give something back, it’s a two-way street.
‘‘And of course the gingerbread display also spreads Christmas cheer.’’
More will be added to the display in the lead-up to Christmas.
To view the progress of Suttonsville, visit the bakery’s Facebook page.
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