Events

December 6, 2014 Our 15th Annual Gingerbread Workshop

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We will be holding our 15th Annual Gingerbread Decorating Workshop on December 6, 2014 from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm.  Each kit is $65 and comes with everything you need to make your house your own.   We have families who have come year after year and made this one of their Christmas Traditions.  We also have Hannukah house kits for those celebrating Hannukah.   Please call the bakery at 805-688-4939 to make a reservation or email Maili Halme maili@sllvangbakery.com to make your reservation.

Christmas House Kit

Christmas House Kit

Hanukkah House Kit

Hanukkah House Kit

The Solvang Bakery meets The Solvang Century

bike-jerseys-500Well come on. You deserve a treat after riding 50 miles, 100 km (62 miles), or 100 miles, don’t you?!

We certainly think so.

Our little Santa Ynez Valley has become either home, training ground, or both to some serious cyclists. In addition to two-cyclistsbeing the periodic stage host to the Amgen Tour of California, we’ve had the likes of Lance Armstrong, Tejay Van Garderen, and Taylor Phinney grind up our hills and breeze down our slopes. Luxury cycling tour companies like Trek Travel conduct multiple excursions here every year, as does former Olympian Chris Carmichael with his training camps. And it’s a pretty serious past time for many valley residents as well.

So we are a proud sponsor of this year’s SCOR Solvang Century, Metric, and 1/2 Century. SCOR stands for Specialized Coronary Outpatient Rehabilitation. The organization donates to three children’s congenital heart disease summer camps designed to give children a medically supervised camping experience that they would not normally have access to due to the severity of their illness and multiple heart surgeries.

Some weekend highlights:

  • Friday, March 7

    • Coffee, sandwiches, and goodies will be available during check-in
    • Open ’til 10:00 pm at our 438 Alisal Road location.
    • Enjoy 10% off your in-store and online purchases – just show us your virtual goodie bag coupon code*
  • almond butter ring vertical piece with whole the solvang bakerySaturday, March 8

    • Cookies and snacks available at the SAG stops
    • Open ’til 8:00 pm at our 438 Alisal Road location. 
    • Enjoy 10% off your in-store and online purchases – just show us your virtual goodie bag coupon code*
  • Sunday, March 9

    • Come see us at our 438 Alisal Road location and take advantage of that 10% off (just show us your virtual goodie bag coupon code)!  Take some yummy pastries and cookies home for the rest of the family…or those nice folks who helped you train for the big day!

* – 10% off coupon not valid on gingerbread houses, specialty cakes, or wedding cakes.

GOOD LUCK!

The Solvang Bakery Holiday Gingerbread Boutiques 2013

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We hope you can join us at one of our holiday boutiques this season.  They are wonderful occasions for viewing a wide assortment of our gingerbread creations including: Christmas and Hanukkah Gingerbread Houses, Gingerbread Barns, Gingerbread Sleighs, and Gingerbread Cookie Jars, as well as our Custom Gingerbread items.

In most cases you’ll need to confirm with the person listed as the Reservation Contact to ensure availability in advance.  Currently our schedule is limited to California, but if you have a great idea, just contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com.

 

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Boutique featuring The Solvang Bakery

Westlake Village, CA

Reservations and Address Contact: Cheryl at (818) 889-1326 or Melissa Redell at (805) 218-2066 or via email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com

 

boutique-post-gingerbread-sleigh-solvang-bakeryWednesday, November 6, 2013

2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

5th Annual Fall and Winter Holiday Boutique

It’s that time of year again…parties, drinks, and gifts!

Please join us for an afternoon and evening of fun GINGERBREAD sampling and WINE TASTING from a few wineries in Malibu and the Santa Ynez Valley.

This super fantastic holiday boutique is not to be missed! Designers this year will include Lovely Bird Hats, Brown Sugar Beach, Tysa, Andrea Groussman Fine Jewelry, Jen’s Pirate Booty, Salt Swim Wear, Head Regal, The Solvang Bakery, and more.

And in the spirit of giving a percentage of proceeds will be donated to a few children’s charities.

Please RSVP to this event – Email or phone Carrie for details and to RSVP: beachycheech@yahoo.com or 808-268-9746

Hidden Hills, CA

 

gingerbread-barn-500Thursday, November 21, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Boutique featuring The Solvang Bakery

Lang Ranch

Thousand Oaks, CA

Reservations and Address Contact: Jeanine at (805) 390-7776

Friday, November 22:

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Holiday Boutique featuring The Solvang Bakery

Lang Ranch

Thousand Oaks, CA

Reservations and Address Contact: Jeanine at (805) 390-7776

hanukkah-gingerbread-house,-sm,-solvang-bakery-500December 6, 2013:

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

St. Brendan School Holiday Boutique

238 S. Manhattan Place
Los Angeles, CA 90004

213-382-7401

 

 

 

Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops 2013

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Gingerbread House Decorating Party – Santa Barbara Magazine, Winter 2011

Every December, we usher in the holiday season, known as Winterfest in the Santa Ynez Valley, with a Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop.  Our bakery, which bears a striking resemblance to a gingerbread house itself, is transformed into a holiday workshop filled with wide-eyed little elves squealing with excitement. Few things are more rewarding than watching the utter delight on children’s faces as they adorn their creations with gumdrops and line their rooftops with red licorice.  The electricity of that early, contagious holiday spirit powers us through Hanukkah and Christmas as we bake, decorate, and ship hundreds of hand-made edible edifices throughout the country.

Whether near or far, you can join in the gingerbread fun!

If you’re in the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County:

Join us for our Winterfest 11th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop,

Christmas Carolers at The Solvang Bakery Gingerbread Decorating Workshop

Christmas Carolers at the Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop

Saturday, December 7th, featuring live Christmas Carolers:

  • $50 per house – includes freshly baked gingerbread house–all decorations, icing, and candy, plus one hot chocolate, coffee, or beverage of your choice
  • Larger Gingerbread House Kits are available for $100, and Gingerbread Barn and Manor House Kits are $200/ea.
  • You may choose to decorate one (1) house per person, or one (1) house per family
  • 10% off for three (3) or more houses within same decorating party
  • First decorating session begins at 11:00 a.m.
  • Each session lasts for one (1) hour
  • New sessions begin every hour on the hour until 6:00 p.m. with decorating ending at 7:00 p.m.
  • Space is limited!  Contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com to confirm your reservation.  Please let us know how many people are in your party and how many gingerbread houses you will need.

mac gingerbread house decorating the solvang bakeryDecember 1st sessions are also available from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!

  • Contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com to confirm your reservation. These workshops will be held in Buellton at The Creation Station, 252 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA.  Please let us know how many people are in your party and how many gingerbread houses you will need.

Private Gingerbread Decorating Parties after 6:00 p.m.

  • Includes: gingerbread house kits and all decorations, warm and cold beverages, wine and hors d’oeuvres (prices vary with menu and budget, but generally cost is approximately $90 per person)
  • Six (6) person (house) minimum

Or

  • Bring your own wine and hors d’oeuvres, The Solvang Bakery provides gingerbread house kits and all decorations, coffee and other non alcoholic drinks: $60 per person
  • Six (6) person (house) minimum
  • Contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com to schedule your event.  Please let us know how many people are in your party and how many gingerbread houses you will need.

Gingerbread Barn from The Solvang Bakery

Gingerbread Barn (photo: Elizabeth Messina)

Private Gingerbread Decorating Parties in your own home or other location

  • We drop off all items for decorating gingerbread houses and you take it from there– $50 per house kit plus delivery, or save the delivery charges and you pick up at our retail store ($50 per house)
  • We set up decorating table with all supplies, stay for the party and assist your guests with decorating, and help wrap houses
    • Four (4) hours for $400 plus $50 per gingerbread house kit
    • Six (6) houses minimum for private party with Solvang Bakery staff
    • Catering also available to add to private party ($30 per person and up)
  • Contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com to schedule your event. Please let us know how many people are in your party and how many gingerbread houses you will need.

Gingerbread Houses from The Solvang Bakery

Melissa at the bakery

Decorate Gingerbread Houses during business hours at The Solvang Bakery

  • Available 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Occurs in reserved section of our retail bakery
  • $50.00 per Gingerbread House Kit
  • Contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com to confirm your reservation.  Please let us know how many people are in your party and how many gingerbread houses you will need.

Don’t live in Santa Barbara County?  You can order Gingerbread House Kits or completed Gingerbread Houses online and we’ll ship them to your doorstep!

Order your own Gingerbread House Kits by clicking here.

Order Hanukkah Gingerbread Houses by clicking here.

Order Christmas Gingerbread Houses by clicking here.

Christmas Gingerbread House Solvang Bakery

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Sample Fresh Cold-Pressed Juices and New Gluten-Free Goodies!

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Fresh JuicesKickstart the new school year off right with an energizing boost to your health, courtesy of The Juice Club. This boutique Santa Barbara juice company sources organic ingredients from our local farms and will begin stocking at The Solvang Bakery starting this month. Stop by on Wednesday, September 4th between 4:30-6:00pm to sample one of their delectable blends, learn more about juice cleansing, and just say hello.

AND while you’re in the ‘hood, meet Susan Giacobazzi, The Solvang Bakery’s new gluten-free partner-in-crime. After a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, Susan embarked on a quest to find a way to relieve the aches and fatigue of her autoimmune disorder without the use of medications.

After considerable research, she found the most significant changes occurred when she removed gluten and dairy from her diet. Today she has combined her love for baking with her desire to lead a healthy and pain-free lifestyle. Susan has created a decadent collection of gluten and dairy free, lightly sweetened treats that even the gluten eaters can’t get enough of!

Learn more about The Juice Club here:

Birthday Parties at The Solvang Bakery

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At The Solvang Bakery, there’s nothing we like better than a celebration.  With big families ourselves, birthdays and holidays are convenient excuses to get together for fun and frivolity.

bday-party-top-photo solvang bakeryWe are opening up our shop at 438 Alisal Road in Solvang to play host to birthday parties. Let us offload some of the stress (and all of the clean-up!) by providing a great location and entertaining activities for your celebration.

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For children’s birthday parties, you can choose to decorate our delicious short dough cookies, or turn our moist cupcakes into mountains of tasty colorful treasure.

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We can provide aprons in the color of your choice (and personalize them if you choose).

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Of course, we’ll be happy to create a fanciful cake that’s perfectly in step with your party theme.

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We have access to a variety of entertainment options – our face painter was a huge hit at this party!

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birthday-party-cake-solvang-bakeryIf you want to provide some non-sweet sustenance,  it’s easy to bring in pizza from next door, or we can provide sandwiches.

If you have blossoming bakers, we can even host the party at our commercial kitchen in Buellton, where we can work together to bake individual cakes for each of your guests.  We’re available every day of the week with a few holiday exceptions.  Group size limits will be dependent on day selected and ages of the party goers.

Sound like fun?  Please contact Melissa Redell at (805) 218-2066 or Melissa@SolvangBakery.com  to plan your special event!

Here’s a quick run-down of approximate costs:

  • $20 per person  – (40 person max capacity) 
  • $50 patio space fee for  2 1/2 hours – (Clean up by The Solvang Bakery included in cost)

Includes:

  • (6) short-dough cookies – (many cookie shapes available–to be decided when booking party)
  • (2) cupcakes (1 white 1 chocolate) to decorate
  • all decorating supplies
  • winnie-the-pooh-with-honey-pot-cake-the-solvang-bakery-500birthday cake and candles*
  • cheese and pepperoni pizza (2) slices per person – ( Tower Pizza )**
  • water
  • milk, juice, lemonade or soda
  • carrots and ranch dressing

* basic round or sheet cake included — many flavors to choose from — fondant, custom shaped, or photo cakes available for an additional fee.

** extended menu available on request. 

Balloons and flowers available to order:

  • 1/2 dozen latex helium Balloons $18***
  • one dozen latex Balloons $36***
  • mylar balloons $6 each ***
  • flowers: please ask for pricing when booking your party

*** – (includes delivery to bakery)

Gingerbread House Holiday Boutiques – for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter

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We hope you can join us at one of our holiday boutiques this season.  They’re wonderful occasions to view a wide assortment of our Christmas and Hanukkah Gingerbread Houses, Gingerbread Barns, Gingerbread Sleighs, and Gingerbread Cookie Jars, as well as our Custom Gingerbread creations.

In most cases you’ll need to confirm with the person listed as the Reservation Contact to ensure availability in advance.  Currently our schedule is limited to California, but if you have a great idea, just contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com.

 

boutique-post-hanukkah-barn-solvang-bakeryNovember 15, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Holiday Boutique

Lang Ranch

Westlake Village, CA

Reservations and Address Contact: Jeanine at (805) 390-7776

 

boutique-post-gingerbread-sleigh-solvang-bakeryNovember 16, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

4th Annual Holiday Boutique

Hidden Hills, CA

Reservations and Address Contact: Carrie at (808) 268-9746  

 

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November 27:

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Hillsborough Auxilliary’s Jingle & Mingle ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’Luncheon and Boutique

Peninsula Country Club

San Mateo, CA 94115

Reservations/Tickets Contact: Leslie at laschott@comcast.net

November 28:

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Schools of the Sacred Heart  – ‘Christmas on Broadway’

Flood Mansion

2222 Broadway Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

Reservations Contact: Leslie at laschott@comcast.net or call (650) 403-4300

November 30 and December 1st:

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

christmas-gingerbread-cookie-jar-photos-175 solvang bakeryJunior League Holiday Boutique

Rosewood Hotel

Menlo Park, CA

Reservations Contact: Leslie at laschott@comcast.net or call (650) 403-4300

December 5, 2012:

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

3rd Annual Dream Foundation Youth Advisory Holiday Trunk Show 

1730 Garden Street

Santa Barbara, CA

December 5, 2012:

The Family Giving Tree – LAGCC Holiday Boutique

Los Altos Golf & Country Club

1560 Country Club Drive

Los Altos, CA 94024

Reservations Contact:  Leslie at laschott@comcast.net

 

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Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops 2012

Gingerbread House Decorating Party - Santa Barbara Magazine - The Solvang Baker

Gingerbread House Decorating Party – Santa Barbara Magazine, Winter 2011

Please click here for 2013 Workshop information!

Every December, we usher in the holiday season, known as Winterfest in the Santa Ynez Valley, with a Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop.  Our bakery, which bears a striking resemblance to a gingerbread house itself, is transformed into a holiday workshop filled with wide-eyed little elves squealing with excitement. Few things are more rewarding than watching the utter delight on children’s faces as they adorn their creations with gumdrops and line their rooftops with red licorice.  The electricity of that early, contagious holiday spirit powers us through Hanukkah and Christmas as we bake, decorate, and ship hundreds of hand-made edible edifices throughout the country.

Whether near or far, you can join in the gingerbread fun!

If you’re in the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County:

Join us for our Winterfest 10th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop,

Christmas Carolers at The Solvang Bakery Gingerbread Decorating Workshop

Christmas Carolers at the Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop

December 8th, featuring live Christmas Carolers:

  • $50 per house – includes freshly baked gingerbread house–all decorations, icing, and candy, plus one hot chocolate, coffee, or beverage of your choice
  • Larger Gingerbread House Kits are available for $100, and Gingerbread Barn Kits for $250
  • You may choose to decorate one (1) house per person, or one (1) house per family
  • 10% off for three (3) or more houses within same decorating party
  • First decorating session begins at 11:00 a.m.
  • Each session lasts for one (1) hour
  • New sessions begin every hour on the hour until 6:00 p.m. with decorating ending at 7:00 p.m.
  • Space is limited!  Contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com to confirm your reservation.  Please let us know how many people are in your party and how many gingerbread houses you will need.

December 1st sessions are also available from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!

  • Contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com to confirm your reservation.  Please let us know how many people are in your party and how many gingerbread houses you will need.

Private Gingerbread Decorating Parties after 6:00 p.m.

  • Includes: gingerbread house kits and all decorations, warm and cold beverages, wine and hors d’oeuvres (prices vary with menu and budget, but generally cost is approximately $90 per person)
  • Six (6) person (house) minimum

Or

  • Bring your own wine and hors d’oeuvres, The Solvang Bakery provides gingerbread house kits and all decorations, coffee and other non alcoholic drinks: $60 per person
  • Six (6) person (house) minimum
  • Contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com to schedule your event.  Please let us know how many people are in your party and how many gingerbread houses you will need.

Gingerbread Barn from The Solvang Bakery

Gingerbread Barn (photo: Elizabeth Messina)

Private Gingerbread Decorating Parties in your own home or other location

  • We drop off all items for decorating gingerbread houses and you take it from there– $50 per house kit plus delivery, or save the delivery charges and you pick up at our retail store ($50 per house)
  • We set up decorating table with all supplies, stay for the party and assist your guests with decorating, and help wrap houses
    • Four (4) hours for $400 plus $50 per gingerbread house kit
    • Six (6) houses minimum for private party with Solvang Bakery staff
    • Catering also available to add to private party ($30 per person and up)
  • Contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com to schedule your event. Please let us know how many people are in your party and how many gingerbread houses you will need.

Gingerbread Houses from The Solvang Bakery

Melissa at the bakery

Decorate Gingerbread Houses during business hours at The Solvang Bakery

  • Available 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Occurs in reserved section of our retail bakery
  • $50.00 per Gingerbread House Kit
  • Contact Melissa at (805) 218-2066 or email at Melissa@SolvangBakery.com to confirm your reservation.  Please let us know how many people are in your party and how many gingerbread houses you will need.

Don’t live in Santa Barbara County?  You can order Gingerbread House Kits or completed Gingerbread Houses online and we’ll ship them to your doorstep!

Order your own Gingerbread House Kits by clicking here.

Order Hanukkah Gingerbread Houses by clicking here.

Order Christmas Gingerbread Houses by clicking here.

Christmas Gingerbread House Solvang Bakery

Hanukkah Gingerbread House Solvang Bakery

Gingerbread House Kits Solvang Bakery

 

Danish Days in Solvang, CA

Danish Days with the Solvang Bakery, Solvang, California

Solvang Viking ship

Last weekend was the celebration of the 76th annual Danish Days festival here in Solvang, California.  It’s a busy and bustling weekend for us all with many luscious Danish pastries eaten by tourists and locals alike.

Here are a few photographs from the festivities:

 

Danish Days photos from The Solvang Bakery, Solvang California

Special Danish Days cupcakes