Chief Taga Day Festival

On Oct. 1-6, 2019, The Marianas will host the 2nd Chief Taga Day Festival, honoring one of its most legendary figures, the indigenous Chamorro chief Taga.

“Gineptin Ha‘anen Taga’” (Chief Taga Day Festival) will be held on the island of Tinian, recorded as the place where Taga last lived and was buried.  Tinian is also home to the House of Taga, a landmark on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the site of the largest standing limestone latte stones in The Marianas.  Latte stones served as support pillars for ancient Chamorro structures.

The event is sponsored in part by the Marianas Visitors Authority, partnering with the Tinian Mayor’s Office and Tinian Municipal Council to bring the story of Taga to life for visitors and residents.”

Chief Taga is one of the most recognizable figures in Marianas history and mythology.  In Spanish written records, Taga was recorded as aiding shipwrecked sailors off the reef near Tinian in the 1600s.  In Chamorro mythology, Taga was known to possess superhuman strength, uprooting a coconut tree as a young child to catch a coconut crab and leaping from Rota to Tinian.

The festival will be held at Tinian in the main village of San Jose.  Accommodations are available at the Tinian Ocean View Hotel, Fleming Hotel, Lorilynn’s Hotel, Tinian Street Motel,_Green Field Lion House, the newly opened Marpo Valley Inn and The Cabin.   Camping is also allowed at Kammer Beach, where bathrooms, outdoor showers, barbecue pits, and pavilions are also available for use.  Activities include lectures, storytelling, and cultural demonstrations are planned for the week.

For more information, contact Chief Taga Day Festival Committee Chairman Joseph San Nicolas of the Tinian Mayor’s Office at 1.670.433.1802 or email.joesntiq@gmail.com, the 17th Municipal Council at 1.670.433.3470, or  MVA Field Office Supervisor Vida Borja at vborja@mymarianas.com or 1.670.433.9365, or visit www.facebook.com/mymarianas.

21st Annual Taste of The Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden

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.

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, 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 6-10 p.m. each Saturday (closing at 11 p.m. on the final night).

21st Annual Taste of The Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden

J’s Fried Rice Eating Contest: Registration Form

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.

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, 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 6-10 p.m. each Saturday (closing at 11 p.m. on the final night).

21st Annual Taste of The Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden

BBQ Whole Chicken Contest: Registration Form

J’s Fried Rice Eating Contest: Registration Form

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.

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, 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 6-10 p.m. each Saturday (closing at 11 p.m. on the final night).

21st Annual Taste of The Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden

 

Kadun Pika Cook Off Contest: Registration Form

BBQ Whole Chicken Cook Off Contest: Registration Form

J’s Fried Rice Eating Contest: Registration Form

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.

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, 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 6-10 p.m. each Saturday (closing at 11 p.m. on the final night).

Japanese Spring Festival

February is the month of spring season.  The spring season is considered to be the time to start a new life after the long Japanese winter.

The Spring Festival will be held in sympathy for those who affected by Super Typhoon Yutu, in prayer for the quick recovery, and to share the spirit of #MarianasSTRONG.

Bazaars and traditional demonstrations and dances are planned. Food vendors are also planning to sell popular Japanese cuisine.  A game booth and a raffle are scheduled.
This festival is one of many examples of the historical connection between The Marianas and Japan, and organizers warmly welcomes all residents and visitors.