LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston-area families enjoyed the first of four days of family-friendly fun at the UNICO Carnival on Thursday at the Shoppes at the Livingston Circle, located at 277 Eisenhower Parkway in Livingston.
The event, which features food trucks, games, rides, a 50/50 raffle, live musical entertainment each night and a beer and wine garden for adults, presented in partnership with Wine Legend, will continue on Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Marc Cotugno, a first-year UNICO member, said he is proud that contributions from the carnival will be used for Livingston student/athlete scholarships and to help local churches.
“The rides are fun and exciting for the children while everyone young and old will enjoy dancing and singing along to nightly live bands,” he said Thursday. “Tonight was the first night of the Carnival, but it felt more of a festival with great food and drinks. This year, we have food trucks with one tonight specializing in Cajun cuisine from N'awlins. Zeppoles and sausage sandwiches were delicious and I'm sure the cheese steaks and brick-oven pizza were too. To quench our thirst, the wine and beer garden delivered.”
According to Cotguno, the beer and wine garden is pouring six beers on tap with a growler fill station, wine and peaches, homemade Lemoncello along with red and white wines. Homemade desserts and Italian Panetone are also being sold to enjoy at the festival or take home, he said.
Cotugno added that he is most looking forward to Saturday’s headliner, a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons cover band at 7 p.m.
Many of the shopping center’s other retailers and restaurants will also be participating, including Ike’s Bagel Café, CycleBar Livingston and Goldfish Swim School.
Livingston UNICO and students from Livingston High School will be volunteering their time to make this year’s carnival a success. Funds raised will be donated to local non-profit organizations including the Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) and Livingston High School student scholarships, among others.
The event is hosted by Eastman Companies and The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle in partnership with Livingston UNICO.