This year's 2nd Annual Camellia City Kids Fest Proceeds will benefit Riley's Bikes, which provides adaptive bikes for special needs children.
Pony rides, live entertainment, a petting zoo, games, arts and crafts, food vendors and cooking demonstrations by a young chef are only a few of the fun events to be featured at the Camellia City Kids Fun Fest. The second annual event will be held on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Slidell's Heritage Park. Admission is $5 per person and all activities are included with admission. Proceeds benefit Riley's Bikes, a local charity that provides customized bikes for children with special needs.
One of the highlights of this year's event will be cooking demonstrations by kid chef extraordinaire Abbey Caruso and Chef Christopher Case with Old School Eats Foodtruck. Abbey, a fourth grade student, is an aspiring chef who loves to watch cooking shows and prepare food for her family. After eating Chef Chris' food at an event, she asked him about the ingredients of one of the dishes. That question lead to a mentorship and over the last few months, Chris has taken Abbey under his chef's wing. Abbey and Chef Chris will perform two cooking demonstrations during the festival and will even hand out samples for people to try.
In addition to the cooking demonstrations, there will be live music and entertainment with Big E Brass Band, Studio G Dance, Shadow Casters, Galloway's Studio of Dance, the Slidell Rotary Duck Race and a special presentation by Riley's Bikes. St. Tammany Fire District 1 will have their smoke house on display and will teach kids about fire safety and prevention. There will also be a giant maze, games, and arts and crafts including the Home Depot Children's Workshop.
The Camellia City Kids Fun Fest began as a Leadership Northshore 2016 event. This year's event is presented by the Camellia City Kids Fun Fest board - Kelly Burdett, Alex Carollo, Ray Dupuy, and Jeannie Vicari - with the support of the Northshore Community Foundation.