The Port of Hueneme’s 10th annual Banana Festival returns Saturday, September 30 from 10 am to 5 pm. This family-friendly, free admission festival will be full of live music and entertainment, vendors, landside and waterside Port tours, and banana inspired food and drinks, even banana beer! Families can enjoy the Kids Zone filled with games, crafts, bounce houses and more.
Parking is free and can be found at Port of Hueneme’s Sunkist Lot on the corner of Market and Surfside Drive in Port Hueneme. More information is available at www.bananaportfest.com.
Did you know? The Port of Hueneme is the #1 banana port on the West Coast and the festival will highlight the positive impacts and contributions the Port has made to the local community and the world.
More than 5 billion bananas come through the Port each year, imported by Chiquita, Dole and Del Monte.
Bananas come from Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico and they go all over the US West Coast, Hawaii and Southwest Canada.
It takes a couple of weeks from origin to get the bananas to our grocery stores.
“The Banana Festival is a special opportunity for us to give back to our community,” said Jess Herrera, Oxnard Harbor District Board President. “The Port has a rich 86-year history in Ventura County that has strengthened the community through strategic partnerships, created good high-paying jobs, and served as an economic engine for the region.”
Port operations play a vital role for Ventura County by bringing $2.8 billion in economic activity and supporting more than 24,997 trade-related jobs. Trade through the Port of Hueneme generates more than $173.2 million in direct and related state and local taxes, which fund vital community services.
“The Banana Festival lets us teach our neighbors about trade and commerce, and the good work we perform in the community and for the environment,” said Kristin Decas, CEO & Port Director. “You won’t want to miss these show-and-tell experiences, Port tours, educational booths, culture, music and delicious food.”
The Port recognizes all of its event sponsors including Admiral Level Sponsors Glovis, Chiquita, Del Monte, and Dole.