(MVA) — A full weekend of games and competitions are set for the 18th Tinian Hot Pepper Festival on Feb. 19-20, 2022.
The festival, affectionately knowns as “Pika Fest” among locals (“pika” means spicy), pays homage to Tinian’s small but famous “donne sali” hot pepper. Activities will include food sales, live entertainment, competitions, arts and crafts sales, and more.
“Following close consultation with the CNMI Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., the Marianas Visitors Authority and the Tinian Mayor’s Office are pleased to announce that this year’s Tinian Hot Pepper Festival will again be held on Presidents Day weekend,” said MVA Managing Director Priscilla M. Iakopo. “Following the success of last year’s festival, Covid-19 prevention protocols — such as social distancing, wearing of masks, and hand washing — will be implemented, and we welcome all to Tinian for this event in support of the Tinian community and economy.”
The festival will be held from the afternoon into the evening on both days, with exact times to be announced. The Tinian Hot Pepper Festival will be held at the Fiesta Grounds in San Jose, Tinian, adjacent to Jones Beach.
Hotel 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 (barbecue pits, indoor showers, and toilets are available).
For more information, contact Tinian field operations supervisor Vida Borja at 433-9365 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or MVA community projects specialist Jack Aranda at 664-3200 or email email@example.com