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Applications for Made in Maui fest are due May 29

This year’s event still slated for Nov. 6 and 7 at MACC

The Maui News

Local retailers and food trucks have until May 29 to apply to participate in the 7th annual Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival, the Maui Chamber of Commerce announced.

While many events have been canceled due to COVID-19, this year’s festival is still slated to be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Nov. 6 and 7.

“Currently, planning for this event is underway, and we are hopeful the Made in Maui County Festival will happen as usual,” said Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce. “Please stay tuned and submit your vendor applications as soon as possible.”

Last year more than 9,200 visitors and residents attended the festival, according to a news release from event organizers. Participating vendors reported as a result of the two-day event more than $650,799 in total product sales, more than 323 new wholesale accounts/orders closed and more than 257 new wholesale leads and/or prospects developed.

To be eligible to apply as a product vendor, businesses must:

• Be based in Maui County (current GET license required).

• Offer products that are made, manufactured, grown and/or created in Maui County. Products may include source materials made/found in the state of Hawaii.

• Meet a minimum of 51 percent “made in Hawaii” product valuation.

A limited number of local food trucks will also be selected. Three food trucks will be featured Nov. 6 and 13 food trucks on Nov. 7.

To download an application, visit madeinmauicountyfestival.com. Click on “vendors” for a product vendor application or on “food trucks” for a food truck vendor application. All applicants will be notified of the Vendor Selection Committee’s decision on or before July 17. Approved applicants must attend a mandatory vendor training meeting.

This year’s festival will feature an “Exclusive Shopping Day” from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 6. Festivities will include the opening ceremonies and complimentary pupu at 5 p.m. Food will also be available for purchase from food trucks. Tickets are $35 per person and free for children ages 12 and younger. They will be available at the MACC Box Office starting in August, by phone at 242-SHOW (7469) or at mauiarts.org.

Qualified wholesale buyers and distributors will also be invited to a special “Buyers Preview” that will begin at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6. For information and to register, visit madeinmauicountyfestival.com/preview.

The “Big Festival Day” on Nov. 7 will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Public admission is $5 at the gate and free for children 12 and younger. 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; to download a 2020 sponsor kit, visit madeinmauicountyfestival.com/sponsors.

For further information, email info@madeinmauicountyfestival.com or call 270-7710.

The festival is presented by the chamber and supported by the Maui County Office of Economic Development.

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