The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced today that vendor applications and sponsorship forms are now available for the 3rd Annual Made in Maui County Festival. Considered the largest products show in Maui County, the event will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and will be open to the public on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016. The Festival is presented by the County of Maui, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.
In 2015, over 10,000 residents and visitors attended the two-day event, which featured a Shoppers Preview and Buyers Preview on Friday, November 4; and the Big Festival Day on Saturday, November 5. A total of 140 vendors showcased a wide variety of made-in-Maui County products including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more.
“The Made in Maui County Festival has become in just two years the premiere local products venue on the island," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. "It is a showcase of the hard work and creativity in our local community, and buyers from around the state and across the nation are getting word that this is the place to be if they want to see the best that Maui County has to offer. I look forward to 2016’s festival being bigger and better than ever.”
Local businesses who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply as a Product Vendor:
- Business must be based in Maui County (current GET license required)
- All product(s) offered for sale must be made, manufactured, grown and/or created in Maui County. Although products may include source materials made/found in the State of Hawaii.
- Must meet minimum of 51 percent “Made in Hawaii” product valuation.
Product Vendor Applications are available starting February 8, 2016. Deadline for all applications is May 31, 2016. All applications will be reviewed between June 6 through July 8, and businesses will be notified of the Vendor Selection Committee’s decision on or before July 15th. Approved product vendors will be required to attend a mandatory vendor training meeting.
Those interested in learning more about the event and/or who need assistance with their Made in Maui County Festival Product Vendor application are encouraged to attend upcoming informational sessions. Meetings will be held on Monday, February 29, 1-2 pm at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina (small meeting room); Wednesday, March 9, 1-2 pm at MEDB’s Malcolm Center in Kihei (1305 N. Holopono Street, Suite 5); Tuesday, April 5, 1-2 pm at the Maui County Business Resource Center in Kahului (in Maui Mall across from Pizza Hut); and Tuesday, April 12, 1-2 pm at the Lanai Community College. Sessions will also be held on Molokai. Dates are subject to change. To attend any of these informational sessions, please R.S.V.P. by emailing info@MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com (please include your name along with the session you are interested in attending).
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, visibility during the Festival, access to a private buyers’ preview event, program advertising and more.
For information and to download a Vendor Packet and Sponsor Packet, visit the event’s official website: www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com, email info@MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com or call (808) 270-7710.