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Downtown Market to host Summer "Simmer" Camps for kids

Registration deadline for culinary summer camp at the Downtown Market is June 17.

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/Courtesy of Downtown Market

For kids ages 6-11

This 10-week summer camp explores adventurous weekly themes, from discoveries in the greenhouse to hands-on cooking in the Teaching Kitchen, “Simmer Camp” cultivates growth and bakes up excitement! Each activity and recipe will pair with the inspiring weekly theme, such as Urban Farming, Garden Safari and Backyard BBQ, and stimulate inventive imagination and creativity.

·       Dates: June 24 – August 28 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

·       Can sign up for one week, three weeks or 10 weeks – whichever fits your summer schedule!

·       Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


For teens ages 12-15

A series of palate-stimulating, hands-on cooking workshops just for teens. Join us for five weeks of in-depth culinary exploration from menu design to grilling and baking and much more. “Simmer Camp” encourages teens with all levels of kitchen experience to discover new and exciting skills and flavors at the Market.

·       Dates: June 24 - August 21 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, every other week)

·       Can sign up for one week at a time or all five weeks – whichever fits your summer schedule!

·       Time: 4-7 p.m.


About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market is a $30 million, self-sustaining, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall, large outdoor farmer’s market and two full-service restaurants coming soon, one of which will be a micro-brewery. More at

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