The County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Product Vendors and Food Trucks applications are now available for their 5th Annual Made in Maui County Festival.
Considered Maui County’s largest products show, the festival will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and will be open to the public on Friday, November 2, 1:30 pm to 6 pm; and Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Those interested in attending as a vendor can download a vendor application by clicking here and visiting the “Vendors” page.
eadline for applications is May 31, 2018, by 4:30 pm (HST).Businesses will be notified of the Vendor Selection Committee’s decision on or before July 13, 2018.
Local businesses who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply as a Product Vendor:
– Business must be headquartered in Maui County (current GET license required)
– All products offered for sale must be 51% value added in the state of Hawaii.
Applications are also available for local Food Trucks interested in participating.
Last year’s festival attracted more than 10,000 residents and visitors. Over 140 product vendors participated, including 17 companies from Molokai and 7 from Lanai. A total of 16 food trucks also presented a diverse menu of island cuisine in the event’s Food Court.
“The growth and notoriety of this festival, in just 4 years, is stunning,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “Our islands are home to many talented entrepreneurs who produce a myriad of innovative and exceptional products. Among the event’s goals are to provide a world class showcase for our local product manufacturers and artisans, improve our islands’ economic diversity, and inspire and train our county’s entrepreneurs.”
“We’re thrilled with the impact this event has had over the years in exposing Maui County’s manufacturing businesses to prospective retailers, buyers, wholesalers, and distributors worldwide,” said Pam Tumpap, President of the Maui Chamber of Commerce. “Ultimately, these opportunities are helping our local companies grow and succeed.”
Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies wishing to show their support for Maui County’s entrepreneurs and their products while increasing visibility for their own business. Sponsor benefits include event promotions, event tickets, program advertising and more.
The festival is presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.