Tinian to host Hot Pepper Fest Feb. 18 & 19

by Christopher A. Concepcion
Marinanas Visitors Authority

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands – The 13th Tinian Hot Pepper Festival will be held over Presidents Day weekend on Feb. 18-19, highlighting the island’s famously potent“donne sali” pepper.

The event will be held at Kammer Beach within walking distance of the seaport and downtown San Jose. Available hotels on island include Fleming Hotel, Lion House, Lorilyn’s and Street Motel. Air service is provided by Star Marianas. Some hotels offer airport shuttle, as well.

The event is also co-organized by the Tinian Mayor’s Office and sponsored by MVA members. Activities will include the 65K Pika Bike Race on Feb. 18 at 6 a.m., cooking competitions, indigenous craft sales, and live entertainment including cultural dances, and Hapi the clown. Sample a variety of local dishes, catch the umang (hermit crab) races, join numerous sports activities (including beach volleyball and dragon boat races), or join the donni sali eating competition, itself. Festival times will be from 2-11 p.m. on Feb. 18 and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 19.

Tinian is also accessible within minutes of Saipan via airplane or via connecting flights from Rota and Guam. For more information, contact the MVA Tinian office at 1.670.433.9365 or e-mail at vborja@mymarianas.com.

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