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Thursday, November 27, 2014-2:35:00A.M.

Last updateThu, 27 Nov 2014 12am

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Taste of the Marianas starts Saturday

(MVA) — May Tourism Month and the 15th Annual Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden kick off this week.

Food vendors serve up dinner with a smile during the Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden on May 5, 2012 at American Memorial Park.  MVA photo
Preparations began on Saturday, April 27, for the month-long observance, when the Japan Saipan Travel Association, the Marianas Visitors Authority and other industry partners hosted their semi-annual Tourism Industry Cleanup in downtown Garapan, Saipan, beginning at 6:30 a.m. at American Memorial Park.

Tourism Month will be officially proclaimed by Gov. Eloy Inos at a proclamation signing ceremony on Thursday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. at his office.

May will be highlighted by the 15th Annual Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden every Saturday beginning May 4 at American Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. Other activities for the month include “Hafa Adai Tirow Spirit” Islandwear Fridays and Tourism Trivia at participating radio stations.

“We’re looking forward to another great month of celebration during this year’s May Tourism Month,” said Marianas Visitors Authority community projects manager Martin Duenas. “Of course, the biggest part of the celebration is the annual Taste of the Marianas. We invite everyone to come down and enjoy themselves at the biggest island party on a Saturday night in May!”

The Taste of the Marianas celebrates Tourism Month with international cuisine at affordable prices by 16 hotels and restaurant vendors, non-stop live entertainment on the main stage, nightly contests on the secondary stage, and arts and crafts sales.