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Lahaina vendors participating in the fourth annual Made in Maui County Festival

By BY CINDY SCHUMACHER - | Nov 2, 2017

Each year, Maui County’s largest products show, the annual Made in Maui County Festival, attracts thousands of visitors and residents to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului for two days of awesome shopping, food and fun. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MADE IN MAUI COUNTY FESTIVAL.

KAHULUI – Maui County’s largest products show, the annual Made in Maui County Festival (MIMCF), returns on Nov. 3 and 4 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Now in its fourth year, this popular event features over 140 vendors offering a wide variety of products made in Maui County, including foods, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, furniture, gifts, collectibles and more.

MIMCF is a showcase for local companies to take their business to the next level while attracting thousands of visitors and residents.

Presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce, the festival was created to help grow small businesses on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

“The event is all about creating opportunities – both showcasing our island as a shopping destination and serving as a springboard for our local companies to take their business to the next level,” said Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa.

“The county is proud to be co-presenting this event with the Maui Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening our island’s economic growth and development. Through these types of important partnerships and with the support of community-minded stakeholders, we can continue to make a difference in the future of Maui County.”

“We extend a big mahalo to our hardworking Made in Maui County Festival Committee, who carefully vetted each vendor application,” said Pam Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce.

“We were very impressed with the creativity and talents of this year’s vendors. Some of these businesses have been around for a while with their products already offered for sale state-wide and even in international markets. Others are just starting out, and this festival is their first major products show. With hundreds of products being offered for sale, the public is definitely in for a treat…”

Friday, Nov. 3, is an Exclusive Shopping Day from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Festivities include the opening ceremonies and complimentary pupus at 4 p.m. Food will also be available for purchase from four food trucks until 5:30 p.m. Attendees receive a free festival tote bag and have the opportunity to win a Grand Wailea Resort getaway. Tickets for Friday are $35 per person and free for children 12 and under, available via the MACC Box Office at (808) 242-7469 or MauiArts.org. Qualified wholesale buyers may also register online to receive complimentary admission to attend a special Buyer’s Preview on Friday.

Saturday, Nov. 4, is the Big Festival Day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Public admission is $5 at the gate (free for children 12 and under). Saturday’s activities will include product demonstrations, a fashion show, 12 food trucks, prize drawings, and free festival tote bags to the first 2,000 attendees.

Complimentary shuttles will be available to and from War Memorial Gym and the MACC. Free parking will also be available at the University of Hawaii Maui College grass parking lot.

While you are shopping, be sure to visit the Lahaina vendors: Chic Naturals, dry roasted chickpea snacks; Maui Moon Glass, hand-blown sculpture and jewelry; Maui Nui Wear, eco-friendly tote bags fabricated from durable, super-lightweight textured mesh; MauiGrown Coffee Company Store, coffee grown throughout the State of Hawaii with emphasis on MauiGrown Coffee; Nagasako Designs, handmade accessories and art made out of real flowers and hand-picked shells; and Sattvic Kitchen, macadamia nut spreads, salad dressings, Hawaiian salt with spices, nut butters and honey.

For more information, visit www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com or call (808) 270-7710.

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