Go Bonkers Over Bananas at the 6th Annual Port of Hueneme Banana Festival

If you love everything about bananas, the 6th Annual Port of Hueneme Banana Festival, Saturday, September 30, is the place to be. The free, family-friendly festival is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Festivalgoers will enjoy a variety of delicious foods including BBQ, empanadas, tamales, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and sushi burritos—most from local Ventura County restaurants. Each food vendor will offer at least one unique culinary banana dish.

The Banana Festival attracts over 10,000 visitors each year. It features live bands, beer and margaritas, arts and crafts vendors and kids’ crafts with banana-themed art projects and other free kids’ activities.

In addition, festivalgoers can get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Port during free water and land tours. The water tour, departing every 20 minutes beginning at 10:20 a.m., takes visitors around the Port and Naval Base Ventura County. Land tours are on the half hour starting at 10:30 a.m. Land tour participants ride in a comfortable Roadrunner Shuttle motor coach. All tours are first come, first served, and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Visit the Port Tours Tent onsite at the festival to sign up.

Tugboat water shows are scheduled for 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and will be visible to guests who are on water tours during those times. K-9 demonstration are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Two pie-eating contests will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and are open to the public; a limited number of spots are available, so sign up to enter at the festival’s information booth.

Musical Lineup and Schedule:

Channel Islands High School Band – 10:00 a.m.

Dezmo’s Blues – 11:15 a.m. – blues, R&B, soul

Decadent Decades – 1:30 p.m. – music of the last six decades

Myst – 3:30 p.m. – rock classics and classic Spanish rock

The Port of Hueneme is celebrating its 80th year of operation. It manages over $9 billion in cargo annually including more than 600,000 metric tons of bananas (making the Port of Hueneme one of the largest banana gateways in the country). It is the largest deep-water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Festivalgoers can learn about the port’s history, its customers, imports/exports and environmental contributions at the festival’s Port Pavilion.

The Banana Festival is located at the Port of Hueneme, with the entrance at the corner of Surfside Drive and Market Street. Free parking is available at beach lots. For festival information, call 805-535-4060 or visit www.BananaPortFest.com.

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