Bakers, confection makers and people with a sweet tooth recently gathered at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria for Georgia’s largest baking and sweets show—the Ultimate Sugar Show. The event attracted throngs of people and included competitions, classes and numerous activities. All ticket sales from the event benefited the AFLAC Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Attendees visited various booths and stations within the Galleria, and enjoyed samples of sugary treats, products and much more.

Whether you enjoy designing desserts or were looking to stock up on the latest bakeware, this event was for you. Attendees were also entertained by live demonstrations on the main stage including one by Cake Things about how to create a tiered cake.

Francesca Amiker, anchor and reporter from 11Alive in Atlanta, delighted the crowd as the emcee. Amiker donned custom-painted heels of cookie art and a glorious hat made of sugar for the Southern Lady Hat Exhibition. The exhibition proved to be quite the main attraction featuring edible hats.  

Rebekah Wilbur designed her edible creation, a white hat made of wafer paper and accentuated with white gingham-printed ribbon and daisies. The hat, modeled by Wilbur’s daughter, Esme, was inspired by the Kentucky Derby.

“I like Southern fashion so the Kentucky Derby was the inspiration for the hat and I chose to do daisies and magnolia and very Southern-style flowers,” said Wilbur.

Vibrant green peacock feathers were the inspiration behind local Atlanta pastry chef Sierra Russell’s edible hat. Attendees also admired and photographed dozens of desserts on display, which were also pieces of art, including numerous Black Panther creations and a cake depicting Scarlett O’Hara from “Gone with the Wind.” 

The event, held just in time for the holiday season, was a great time for foodies all while benefiting a great cause. For more information, check out