14th Tinian Hot Pepper Festival on Feb. 17-18

The 14th Tinian Hot Pepper Festival will be held over Presidents Day weekend on Feb. 17-18, 2018, highlighting the island’s famously potent “donni sali” pepper.

Air service to Tinian is provided by Star Marianas. Available hotels on island include Tinian Ocean View Hotel, Fleming’s Hotel, Lorilynn’s Hotel, Tinian Street Motel, and Green Lion House Hotel, and some hotels offer airport shuttle as well.

“The Tinian Hot Pepper Festival has become a quick President’s Day weekend getaway for people looking for a chance to just unwind, enjoy some good island vibes, and have a change of scenery,” said Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Christopher A. Concepcion. “We are looking into the possibility of again providing boat ferry service from Saipan, and we look forward to a great turnout.”

The event is also co-organized by the Tinian Mayor’s Office, the 16th Tinian Municipal Council and sponsored by MVA members. Activities will include the road/off road 65K Pika Bike Race on Feb. 17 at 6am, cooking competitions, indigenous craft sales, and live entertainment including cultural dances.

Sample a variety of local dishes, catch the umang (hermit crab), join numerous sports activities (including beach volleyball), cook your best kadun pika (spicy stew), cha-cha to the championship, arm wrestle, or join the donni sali eating competition, itself. Festival times will be from 2pm to 11pm on both days.

“The beaches at Tachogna, Taga Beach, and Kammer Beach are available for those who loves to camp,” said MVA Field Operations supervisor Vida Borja. “Power, showers and toilets are conveniently located onsite for campers’ use.”

Tinian is accessible within minutes of Saipan via airplane or via connecting flights from Rota and Guam. For more information, contact the MVA Tinian office at 433-9365, email Borja at vborja@mymarianas.com, or visit the Marianas Events Calendar at www.mymarianas.com. (MVA)

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