The 16thAnnual Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden had its grand finale for the year on Saturday (May 31) night, with Hyatt Regency Saipan taking home top honors in the Chefs’ Competition.
The Taste of the Marianas bringssome of the best of island cuisine and entertainment to American Memorial Park each Saturday during May Tourism Month in the Northern Mariana Islands.
Hyatt bested Saipan World Resort (2nd place), Mariana Resort and Spa (3rd place), Pacific Islands Club Saipan, and Fiesta Resort & Spa for presenting the best “Mexican Beef Tacos” made with Certified Angus Beef. The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands provided $1,000 in cash prizes for the event.
Winners were also announced for the Booth Decorating Competition, with Fiesta Resort & Spa garnering top honors. They were followed by Herman’s Modern Bakery (2nd place), Tropical Chill (3rd place), and D’Elegance Café (4th place).
“We’re very pleased with the outcome of this year’s festival,” said Marianas Visitors Authority Community Projects manager Martin Duenas. “‘Taste’ is not only enjoyed by residents, but it’s a great opportunity for visitors to experience island culture, and it attracts media attention to our islands from our source markets.”