Pika fest

The 17th Annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival was held on Feb. 13-14, 2021, in San Jose, Tinian.

(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  vborja@mymarianas.com,  or MVA community  projects specialist Jack Aranda at 664-3200 or email jaranda@mymarianas.com

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