Despite a steady downpour of rain, the inaugural Made in Maui County Festival in 2014 still managed to attract over 9,400 residents and visitors for a full day of shopping.
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced today that vendor applications and sponsorship forms are now available for the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival which will be open to the public on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. The event is being presented by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.
In 2014, over 9,400 attended the inaugural event which featured 130 vendors who showcased a wide variety of made-in-Maui County products; including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more all in one location. More than $300,000 in products were sold over the weekend and participating vendors reported gaining 180 new wholesale accounts and 1,070 new business leads for future sales.
Riding the wave of last year’s success, this year’s event organizers are looking to expand the Festival’s offerings with more vendors, more products, and more food trucks, just to name a few.
“Supporting our local businesses is a win-win for our community,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Helping to grow our local product companies not only helps strengthen our community through job creation and diversification of our economy, but also our visitors and residents benefit by having an incredible array of locally made products to choose from at the Festival.”
Product vendors must meet certain criteria in order to participate, including having their business based in Maui County (GET license required), products being offered for sale have to meet a minimum 51% of their value added in Hawaii, and they must attend a mandatory vendor training meeting. The product mix, quality and creativity value of products will also be considered during the vendor selection process. Exhibit space is limited.
A limited number of local food truck vendors will also have an opportunity to sell their menu items in the Food Court during Saturday’s Festival.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies to show their support of 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, Food Truck Packet and/or Sponsor Packet; visit the event’s official website: www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com, email info@MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com or call 808-270-7710. Connect with the Festival on Facebook (“Like” the page for updates), Twitter (#MIMCF2014), Instagram and Pinterest.