Cooking contests to highlight Taste of the Marianas

Posted on Apr 25 2019

File photo shows one of the entries of the Joeten Barbecue Ribs Cook-off at the Annual Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden on May 12, 2018. (MVA)

The 21st Annual Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden during May 2019 Tourism Month in the Marianas just got a whole lot tastier with weekly contests announced by the Marianas Visitors Authority.

The Saturday night extravaganza will feature the Kadun Pika Contest sponsored by Ladder Beach Restaurant on May 4, the BBQ Whole Chicken Contest sponsored by J’s Restaurant on May 11, the Fried Rice Eating Contest sponsored by J’s Restaurant on May 18, and the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands Chefs’ Competition, also sponsored by Triple J Five Star Wholesale on May 25.

“It’s going to be a great Taste!” said MVA Community Projects manager Martin Duenas. “Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, every Saturday night is going to have an exciting contest for our visitors and our community to really get a ‘taste’ of what local cooking is all about. We invite everyone to mark their calendars for a whole lot of food, fun, and festivities at Taste of the Marianas in May.”

Contest rules and entry forms will be announced shortly.

The Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden is an annual signature event of the MVA and is one of the largest celebrations in the Marianas. The festival features international cuisine at affordable prices from local hotels and restaurant vendors, non-stop live entertainment on the main stage.

Twenty-three food and drink vendors have registered to offer their tastiest dishes and brews at American Memorial Park during the event. The festival will offer delights from the kitchens of Hyatt Regency Saipan, Tony Roma’s/Capricciosa, Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan, D’Elegance Cafe, Kanoa Resort, Terry’s Snack Bar, Furusato Restaurant, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Mystique BBQ, Sierra’s Pearl Shake, Kinpachi Restaurant, Herman’s Modern Bakery, Ina’s Kitchen, Matty’s BBQ, Tropical Chill, The Hut, Pacific Islands Club Saipan, Kensington Hotel Saipan, Java Joe’s, and Thai House. Drinks will be offered by Saipan Brewing Co., MARPAC, and Pacific Trading Co.”

Additional supporting businesses include platinum sponsor Hyatt Regency Saipan and silver sponsors Ina’s Kitchen, Dave Electronics, and Hawaiian Rock Products.

The festival will be held from 6pm to 10pm each Saturday (closing at 11pm on the final night). For more information, visit,, or email (PR)

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