(MVA) — Craving “kamuti” (sweet potato)?   The 22nd Annual Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden on Aug. 27 will feature a “bunuelos kamuti” eating contest on its final night.

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The annual signature event of the Marianas Visitors Authority will be held at Garapan Fishing Base in Saipan and features international cuisines, live entertainment, and arts and crafts sales.  The festival will  begin at 4 p.m. on the first day (Aug. 27) and at 5 p.m. on Aug. 28 & 29, ending at 10 p.m. on all three days. Twenty food and two beverage vendors are confirmed for the festival.

The  contest  is  open  to  the  first  10  registrants  ages  18  and  older  and  challenges participants to eat the most “bunuelos kamuti” in 30 minutes or to be the first to finish 4 lbs. of the deep-fried dessert.

The  event  will  also  feature  the  Kadun  Pka  Cooking  Contest  on  Aug.  27  and  the Eskabeche Cooking Contest on Aug. 28.   Registration forms are available on the Marianas Calendar at  www.mymarianas.com, and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Kadun  pika  is  stewing  chicken  with  a  healthy  dose  of  garlic  and  other  seasoning, including donne, the potent local hot pepper. Eskabeche is fish dish with a vinegar-based sauce and fresh vegetables.

“Registration for all contests is still open, and we encourage all chefs and cooks to sign up today for chance to share their talent and win some great cash prizes,” said MVA Managing Director Priscilla Maratita Iakopo.   “Planning for Taste is proceeding smoothly with our Community Projects team.  We want to assure the public that we will be expanding the festival grounds to allow more social distancing.   We’re looking forward to a great event and ask everyone’s cooperation with the Covid protocols that will be enforced at this year’s event.”

There will be two points of entry at the north and south sides of Garapan Fishing Base, and all attendees must undergo a temperature check, and wear a wristband at the event.  Vendors will accept both Taste of the Marianas tokens or cash; however, tokens will not be sold this year.

For more information, contact MVA community projects specialist Ray Villagomez at rvillagomez@mymarians.com or 664-3200.

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