Coconut trees line the main thoroughfare and frame a competitor in the Rota Blue Triathlon on Nov. 18, 2017, in The Marianas. The Rota Coconut Festival, highlighting the numerous uses of the tropical tree, will be held on Sept. 13-14, 2019.
Coconut trees line the main thoroughfare and frame a competitor in the Rota Blue Triathlon on Nov. 18, 2017, in The Marianas. The Rota Coconut Festival, highlighting the numerous uses of the tropical tree, will be held on Sept. 13-14, 2019.

Rota Coconut Festival set for Sept. 13-14

by Priscilla M. Iakopo
Marianas Visitors Authority

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) – Rota, renowned among the islands of The Marianas for its untouched nature beauty and warm island hospitality, is gearing up to welcome visitors for the 5th Rota Coconut Festival on Sept. 13-14, 2019.

“The Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) is excited to partner again this year with the Rota Mayor’s Office on the exciting Rota Coconut Festival, which will provide visitors a truly unique and friendly experience on the beautiful island of Rota,” said MVA Managing Director Priscilla M. Iakopo. “Rota is renowned for its unspoiled natural environment, so it is a more than fitting venue for this celebratory tribute to the staple of Pacific island living – the coconut tree.”

The event will feature educational displays and demonstrations related to the coconut, entertainment, games, a Coconut Scavenger Hunt, and a variety of live cooking competitions on site such as the “manha titiyas” (tortillas made with young coconut), “ahu” (soup made with young coconut), coconut candy, and “bunelos manha” (doughnuts made with young coconut).

Additional details will be announced shortly. For more information, contact the Rota Mayor’s Office at 1.670.532.9451 or Field Supervisor Sandra Atalig of the MVA at 1.670.532.0327 or satalig@mymarianas.com.

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