Tinian Hot Pepper Fest to be held Feb. 15-16

Competitors in the JC Café Pika Burger Eating Contest take their first bites at the 15th Annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival on Feb. 16, 2019.
Competitors in the JC Café Pika Burger Eating Contest take their first bites at the 15th Annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival on Feb. 16, 2019.

Tinian Hot Pepper Fest to be held Feb. 15-16

Marianas Visitors Authority

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands – The 16th Annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival will be held over Presidents Day weekend on Feb. 15-16 in The Marianas.

Activities will include dances, bands, and other live entertainment; cooking competitions, indigenous craft sales; and more. Festivalgoers will have the chance to purchase a variety of local dishes, join the umang (hermit crab) races, participate in sports activities, and join the hot pepper eating competition, itself. In addition, the 65K Pika Bike Race on Feb. 15 will begin at 6 a.m.

“We’re looking forward to a great Tinian Hot Pepper Festival in 2020, and we invite everyone to join the festivities,” said Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Priscilla M. Iakopo. “The festival is one of the best times of the year to visit Tinian and enjoy the community and culture at its best.”

The event is sponsored by the Tinian Mayor’s Office and other MVA members. Air service between Saipan and Tinian is provided by Star Marianas and takes about 15 minutes.

Airport shuttle will be offered by the MVA to and from the festival site. Accommodations are available at Tinian Ocean View, Lorilynn’s Hotel, Tinian Street Motel, Fleming Hotel, Green Lion House Hotel, and the Marpo Valley Inn. Free camping is available at Kammer Beach, Taga  Beach (toilets, barbecue pits, and outdoor showers available) and at the adjacent Tachogna Beach (toilets, barbecue pits, and indoor showers available).

For more information, contact MVA Tinian Field Operations Supervisor Vida Borja at 1.670.433.9365 or e-mail at vborja@mymarianas.com or MVA Community Project Specialist Ray Villagomez at 1.670.664.3210 or rvillagomez@mymarianas.com.

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