Vendor applications now available for the 6th Annual Made in Maui County Festival

The Maui Chamber of Commerce announced that Product Vendor and Food Truck applications are now available online for their 6th 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 1, 1:30 pm to 6 pm; and Saturday, November 2, 2019, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Qualified wholesale buyers and distributors will also invited to a special “Buyers Preview” on November 1 to talk with vendors one-on-one about their products.

As an added benefit, this year’s participating Product Vendors will also receive a membership in the Made in Maui (or their island) trade program, which includes use of the official trademark seal, along with other benefits. Additional information on the benefits will be provided to accepted vendors.

Download a Product Vendor application or Food Truck application. Deadline for applications is May 31, 2019, by 4:30 pm (HST). Businesses will be notified of the Vendor Selection Committee’s decision on or before July 12.

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Hawaiian Airlines' drawing winner announced

Drum roll, please! Hawaiian Airlines announced that Gayle Hart of Kula is the big winner of their random drawing held during the 5th Annual Made in Maui County Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on November 2 & 3. Gayle received 120,000 HawaiianMiles, which she’ll be using to take a fabulous vacation with her husband.

“This is the first major prize that I’ve won and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Gayle who has attended the festival for the past three years. “It’s always exciting to see the diversity of products and to meet new vendors.”

Hawaiian Airlines’ Leona Duarte (far left) and Maui Chamber of Commerce’s Amber Coutsos (far right) with Gayle Hart (middle).

Hawaiian Airlines’ Leona Duarte (far left) and Maui Chamber of Commerce’s Amber Coutsos (far right) with Gayle Hart (middle).

Made in Maui County Festival’s annual program booklet earns a 2018 Pinnacle Award

For the past five years, Made in Maui County Festival’s (MIMCF) official program booklet has become an invaluable resource for those seeking local businesses who produce made-in-Maui-County products. Now, this annual program has earned another distinction as recipient of the 2018 Pinnacle Award.

MIMCF’s program booklet tied for Bronze in the “Best Event Program” category for events under $250,000.  To view the online version of the MIMCF program booklet from 2014-2018, visit www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival/programs.

The competition, presented by International Festival’s & Events Association (IFEA) and Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, drew entries from some of the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, CO; the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, CA; the Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA; the National Cherry Festival in Washington, DC; the City of West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL; the Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville, KY; the Fiesta Bowl, Scottsdale, AZ; and Canada Day at Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

International winners included such diverse event organizations as RedFilo Event, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Destination NSW, Sydney, Australia; Gaungdong Chimelong Group, Gaungzhou, China; Cuckoo Events, Dublin, Ireland; Rotterdam Festivals, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia; and the Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival, Songpa-gu, South Korea.

Awards were announced in 69 different categories in total including Best TV Promotional, Social Media Site; Commemorative Poster, Parade, Educational Program, Children’s Program; and Event Program.

“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE.  “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational, and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world. Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”

Presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce, the annual Made in Maui County Festival is Maui County’s largest products show.  Held each year on the first Friday and Saturday of November, this major festival offers a springboard for local companies to take their business to the next level by being able to unveil new products, meet with prospective wholesalers and connect with new customers.

Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the IFEA is The Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival and Event Professionals Worldwide. The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education, and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.