LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston Summerfest Food Truck and Music Festival is getting a facelift this year with new hosts and a township-approved ordinance allowing for beer and wine to be served among the various food and entertainment options offered throughout the day.
From 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Livingston’s two Rotary Clubs and Livingston PBA Local #263 will be hosting 18 different food truck cuisines, more than 25 crafts and vendor tables, live bands and more. For the first time this year, the event will be held at the Livingston Memorial Oval at the hosts’ request.
“I’m glad that the council was on board with everything that we proposed,” said Officer Sean Whalen of the Livingston PBA. “We’re really treating this as a community event, so the focus here is really just to have the community come together. There are a lot of events in town throughout the year, but I think this really has the ability to be one of the bigger ones.”
Summerfest kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at Littell’s Pond with the free PBA Fishing Derby, which has been extremely successful over the last few years. Gates open for the Food Truck Festival at 11 a.m. for a $5 admission fee to anyone over 10 years of age. An Open House will also be held at the Haines Community Pool during this time.
In addition to browsing the many cuisines and vendor items, the festival also includes an inflatable moonwalk and obstacle course. Guests can also purchase tickets to participate in Entertainment on Wheels activities and interact with Par-T-Rex, a life-like dinosaur, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Songs for Seeds will be performing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
New this year is the Beer and Wine Garden, which will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in conjunction with the music festival.
Livingston-based band Treehouse Mania will kick off the live entertainment at 1 p.m., followed by The Tash Brothers Band at 2:05 p.m. and the Grateful Dead tribute band Midnight Sun at 3:10 p.m.
Screaming Broccolli, a cover band known throughout the state for playing the best of the 80s, 90s, and today’s top hits, closes out the show at 4:30 p.m.
All proceeds from this event will go back toward the three hosting organizations—Livingston Sunrise Rotary, Livingston Rotary and Livingston PBA—to help them find new and exciting ways to give back to the Livingston community.
In addition to hosting the Fishing Derby, Livingston PBA members will also be instrumental in the organization and safety concerns of the event.