Food trucks will be wheels with meals at product show
Hungry? The fourth annual Made in Maui County Festival will draw more than 11,000 shoppers to Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s outdoor A&B Amphitheater in Kahului for what is being pegged as “Maui’s largest product show” — and there will be plenty to eat — from myriad vendors and food trucks galore.
The Exclusive Shopping Day on Friday will include the opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. and complimentary pupus at 4 p.m. Food will tempt from three popular Maui food trucks until 5:30 pm.
Friday’s food trucks will include Crepes d’ Amour Maui with both sweet or savory French pancakes; Fatt Chicks Burgers with an array of beefy wonders; and Sparky’s Food Co. with everything from smoked meat plates to chicken katsu.
Cost is $35 for adults; and keiki 12 and younger get in free. Qualified wholesale buyers can get in for free but must register online in advance at www.madeinmauicountyfestival.com/preview.
From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the Big Festival Day will take over the MACC as the public pays only $5 admission and children younger than 12 get in free.
“Saturday’s festivities will include product demonstrations, a fashion show, 12 food trucks and prize drawings,” explains Teena Rasmussen, director of the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free festival tote bag. Complimentary shuttles will be available to and from War Memorial Gym and the MACC. Free parking will also be available at the UH-Maui College’s grass parking lot.”
Food trucks such as 808 Street Grindz will be set up in the Pasha Hawaii-sponsored food court area, selling island chicken tacos, short rib street tacos, pulled pork sliders and mini pies and pie cups.
There will be some seating under the shady walkway lanai. Some prefer to sit on the grass and dine while others sit in Yokouchi Pavilion and eat while watching the non-stop action on the stage.
Al’s BBQ Pit will tempt with aromatic teri chicken and steak plates along with garlic shrimp and adobo fried rice.
Aloha Kettlecorn will offer perfect snacks in medium and large bags with popcorn flavors such as salted caramel, butter, mochi crunch and more.
Craving something healthful? Brekkie Bowls will dish up dragon-fruit smoothies and acai bowls.
DeRay’s Maui will feature poi and fruit mochi, garlic noodles, smoothies and chow fun. Like Poke? will be there, too, with poke by the quarter, half and full pound in shoyu or spicy sauces. It will also serve ahi katsu plates and furikake fries.
Kyle Kawakami of Maui Fresh Streatery will roll in with his No. 1 Best Food Truck on Maui, serving Saigon fries, Korean pork belly, Japanese street pancakes and also vegetarian plates.
Who loves Puerto Rican fare? Pastele House Maui will do bacalao salad; pastele plates with gandule rice, tomato and “ebi,” or shrimp, salad; and rumbundtkins, which are mini Puerto Rican cakes.
For the meat lovers among us, Smoke & Spice will do plates with brisket, sausages, ribs, chicken and pulled pork or any combo of two or three of the above.
Sumo Dogs and Teddy’s Bigger Burgers will do island-style hot dogs and big and beefy burgers, respectively.
That’s a Wrap will be popular with Cuban ham, turkey, tomatoes, pickled onions and Cuban aioli wraps; and Caprese wraps with fillings Italiano.
Three’s Bar & Grill will do crowd pleasers such as bacon-wrapped hot dogs, hurricane fries, coconut-crusted shrimp, kalua pork quesadillas and more.
• For more details: Call 270-7710 or visit www.madeinmauicountyfestival.com.