Made in Maui County Festival announces first round of product vendors

 

With nearly 19 weeks to go until the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival opens on November 6 and 7, the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce announced the first group of approved vendors who will be participating in this year’s event.

 

On Friday, November 6, a Special Shoppers Preview will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Retail and wholesale buyers will be invited to attend. Serious shoppers who want a one-day head start on shopping at the Festival can also purchase tickets for $35 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center starting next month.

 

On Saturday, November 7, the Made in Maui County Festival will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Public admission is $5 at the gate, children 12 and under are free.

 

Saturday’s festivities include demonstrations, a fashion show, food trucks, and prize drawings. The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free Festival tote bag.

 

Considered the largest products show in Maui County, the 2015 Festival will feature over 140 vendors. The event will also be increasing the number of food trucks from 7 in 2014 to 16 this year. To date, a total of 68 local businesses have been approved to participate and over 50 applications are pending review early next month.

 

The Festival offers a one-stop shop for residents and visitors seeking Hawaii value-added products. This year, vendors will offer a wide variety products, including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more.

 

While the 2015 Product Vendor Application submission deadline was originally announced as August 31st, due to the high number of applicants and limited vendor space, the Festival committee is encouraging local businesses interested in participating to submit their applications sooner rather than later.

 

Product vendors must meet specific criteria to participate, including having their business based in Maui County and products being offered for sale have to meet a minimum 51% of their value added in Hawaii. “Our vendor selection committee also takes into account compatibility, desirability, marketability, uniqueness, level of competitive pricing, and quality of products,” explains Teena Rasmussen, Director of the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

 

“We’re thrilled with the tremendous response to our request for vendors and we appreciate everyone who took the time to submit an application,” says Rasmussen. “We’re very fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers serving on our vendor selection committee. Applications are carefully reviewed each month and evaluated based upon businesses meeting certain criteria including having their products being Made in Hawaii as well as compatibility, desirability, marketability, uniqueness, level of competitive pricing, and quality of products.”

 

In addition to promoting vendors and their products to thousands of residents and visitors, the Made in Maui County Festival also provides exposure to volume and wholesale buyers giving local entrepreneurs an opportunity to grow their businesses.

 

“When we first created this event, we had a big picture in mind. We wanted to provide opportunities to help our islands’ small businesses succeed and grow, and I believe we’re accomplishing that with this event. On our website, on the sponsors page, we shared success stories on how many of last year’s vendors were able to take their business to the next level. We believe small businesses are the backbone of our community. They help to provide jobs and move our economy forward and we’re delighted that events like this Festival are making a real impact on our islands’ future,” says Rasmussen.

 

The vendor selection committee proudly announces the first group of local businesses who are confirmed to participate in the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival this November:

 

Product Vendors:

808 Clothing

Aloha Botanicals

Aloha Letterpress

Aloha Wizard`s Wands & Canes LLC

`Alohi Images Maui

Ark Ceramics

Art by Loyd

B Raw Bar

BDC Designs

Chic Naturals

Christina DeHoff Fine Art

Cupcake Ladies Catering Co.

exfolicare

Geisha Fabulous by Mona Lisa

Goddess Rising Perfumes

Gracee Studios

Hali`i by Harriet

Hano’s

The Hawaii Fudge Company

Hawaii Natural Products, Inc.

Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S)

Hula Cookies

Island Style Bedding

Kula Crafts & Flowers

Lako Kula Design

Lustrous Maui

The Mad Hatter of Maui

Matsumoto Studio

The Maui Closet Company

Maui Coffee Roasters

Maui Dirty Girl Art

Maui Dog Wear

Maui Excellent LLC

Maui Fruit Jewels

Maui Gourmet Popcorn

Maui Island Love

Maui J & M Photography

Maui Jelly Factory

Maui Mini Aloha Shirt Souvenirs

Maui Nui Wear LLC

Maui Sweet Cakes

Maui Wild Cultures

MauiWine, Ulupalakua Vineyards

Moku Pua

Na Koa Brand

Nahele Designs

`Ono Nuts

Palapala Designs

Paradise Now

Pilialoha Keiki

Poi by the Pound LLC

Queen Bee Maui

Roxanne Broadbent Surfboard Art

Sarai Stricklin

Scott Mead Photography, Inc.

Seyana Jewelry

Te Hotu Mana Creations

Three Coconuts Maui

Tracy Lamon designs

Treehouse Designs

Two Chicks In A Hammock

Uncle Louie Sausage Co., Inc.

Wow-Wee Maui’s Candy Bar

Wrappily

Write On Maui

 

Food Trucks:

DeRay’s Maui’s “Ono” Poi Mochi

Dibs on Da Ribs

Sumo Dogs

 

For more information and/or to download a vendor application, visit www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com, email info@MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com or call (808) 270-7710.

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