The American flag flys over the renovated Ponce City Market, a popular development near the Atlanta Beltline. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ponce City Market to host kids cooking competition in June 

What could be more fun for kids who love the kitchen than cooking for a crowd at Ponce City Market, a food hall known featuring a wide array of culinary delights? 

On Tuesday, June 6, some of Atlanta’s youngest culinary stars will have a chance to shine at the inaugural “Fulton Fresh Kids’ Cooking Competition,” sponsored 

by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Fulton County and the Ponce City Farmers Market. The contest will run from 5-7 p.m. 

The contest, open to rising fifth- through seventh-graders (and still has spots available) will let kids show off their creativity and skills by crafting the most innovative and perfect meal using a basket of mystery ingredients and farmers market vegetables. 

File photo from Hamilton’s Historic Farmer’s Market.
Photo: Staff Writer

They will also learn knife skills, food safety basics and lessons about 


Studies have shown that children who cook tend to make healthier food 

choices, and that’s the goal of cooking programs like this contest, said 

Kristen Sumpter, the contest organizer and UGA Extension Family and 

Consumer Sciences agent for Fulton County

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“The Fulton Fresh Kids’ Cooking Competition gives kids a chance to think 

outside the box when creating a meal,” Sumpter said in a press release. “Once folks see that fruits and vegetables aren't just healthy, but also inspire fun and creative 

ideas, they’ll really start to enjoy eating produce, one plate at a time. The goal of Fulton Fresh is to encourage families to eat more local fruits and vegetables, and this competition does just that.” 

The contest is open to everyone, but registration is capped at 24 participants. Students will compete in teams of four. They can register as a group or find teammates at the competition. A registration fee of $25 per child will cover the cost of supplies, a T-shirt and instruction. For more information and to register, visit

The Fulton Fresh Kids’ Cooking Contest is based loosely on the Georgia 4- H Food Challenge, a statewide cooking and nutrition education program and contest sponsored annually by Georgia 4-H

For more information about the kid- and family-friendly cooking demonstrations being held across the county this summer, visit

  Everyone competing gets a shirt and certificate and Fulton fresh tote bags will be given to top 3 teams. First place winner will likely get a small, additional prize.

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