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Register for Summer "simmer" camps at the Downtown Market

The Downtown Market will host food themed summer camps for kids. Registration deadline is June 17.

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The Downtown Market is now accepting registration for their Summer "Simmer" Camps for kids. The registration deadline is June 17.


For kids ages 6-11, a 10-week summer camp explores adventurous weekly themes, from discoveries in the greenhouse to hands-on cooking in the Teaching Kitchen. This “Simmer Camp” cultivates growth and excitement in the kitchen. 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, designed to fit varying summer schedules.

·       Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


For teens ages 12-15, the Summer "Simmer" Camp series includes palate-stimulating, hands-on cooking workshops just for teens. Join them 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.

·       Time: 4-7 p.m.


About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown 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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