Product and food truck vendor applications due May 29 for Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival
WAILUKU – The Maui Chamber of Commerce is reminding local businesses interested in participating as a product vendor or food truck vendor in the seventh annual Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival that the deadline for applications is Friday, May 29.
This year’s event is slated to be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7.
The festival is presented by the Maui Chamber of Commerce and supported by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development.
According to Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, “We really appreciate the interest expressed by many of our local businesses wanting to participate this year. Currently, planning for this event is underway, and we are hopeful the Made in Maui County Festival will happen as usual.
“Please stay tuned and submit your vendor applications as soon as possible. We will continue to keep you updated on developments as our community navigates these uncertain times as a result of COVID-19.”
Last year, over 9,200 visitors and residents attended the festival.
Participating vendors reported, as a result of the two-day event, over $650,799 total product sales, over 323 new wholesale accounts/orders closed and over 257 new wholesale leads and/or prospects developed.
Local businesses who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply as a Product Vendor:
1) Business must be based in Maui County (current GET license required).
2) All product(s) offered for sale must be made, manufactured, grown and/or created in Maui County. Products may include source materials made/found in the State of Hawaii.
3) Must meet minimum of 51 percent “Made in Hawaii” product valuation.
A limited number of local food trucks will also be selected.
A total of 13 food trucks will be featured on Nov. 7, and a total of three on Nov. 6.
To download an application, go to www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com.
Click on “Vendors” for a product vendor application or “Food Trucks” for a food truck vendor application.
All applicants will be notified of the Vendor Selection Committee’s decisions on or before July 17.
Approved applicants will be required to attend a mandatory vendor training meeting.
This year’s event will feature an “Exclusive Shopping Day” on Friday, Nov. 6, from 1:30 to 6 pm.
Festivities will include the opening ceremonies and complimentary pupus at 5 p.m. Food will also be available for purchase from three food trucks.
Tickets ($35 per person, with children 12 and under free) will be available via the MACC Box Office starting in August; call (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or visit MauiArts.org.
On Friday, qualified wholesale buyers and distributors will also be invited to a special “Buyers Preview” that will begin at 1:30 p.m.
For more information, and to register, visit www.madeinmauicountyfestival.com/preview.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, the “Big Festival Day” will be open from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Public admission is $5 (at the gate); children 12 and under are free.
Saturday’s festivities will include product demonstrations, a fashion show, 13 food trucks and prize drawings.
The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free festival tote bag.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available for companies wishing to show their support for Maui County’s entrepreneurs and their products while increasing visibility for their own business.
To download a 2020 sponsor kit, visit www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com/sponsors.
For further event information, e-mail info@MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com or call (808) 270-7710.