THE 18th Consumer Fair – featuring Food Fest concluded last night after recording over 130,000 visitors over five days of the event.
Jackson Ting, Managing Director of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, the organiser of the event, thanked various government agencies for their years of support, especially the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and the Ministry of Home Affairs. He said the government support is vital for such an event.
The next consumer fair is scheduled for January next year, he said. The fun-filled event showcased culinary arts and different categories of products and services from local and international exhibitors.
For this year’s edition, D’Sunlit also invited international award-winning chefs from Taiwan to conduct a baking class with Bake Culture. Four award-winning chefs from Malaysia were flown to Brunei to demonstrate culinary arts in front of massive crowds.
At the closing ceremony held last night, tokens of appreciation were presented to the chefs by Jackson Ting.
Some 25 lucky consumers brought home fantastic prizes last night during a grand draw. They received their prizes from Jackson Ting; Ngu Tiing Siang, the Operation Manager; Mike Chia, the Sales Manager; and Gavin Chai, the Assistant Sales Manager.
The winner of the grand prize of $2,388 cash was Sahran bin Mohd Safar. The second grand prize of $1,288 cash went to Megawati binti Haji Bolhassan.
The third grand prize of an Akira 58-inch LED TV sponsored by Intracorp (B) Sdn Bhd was won by Shariwadi binti Haji Naim.
The grand prize winner, Sahran who works at Kampong Tamoi Mosque said he had never expected to win. He said it was the first time he had won such a prize. He said he was notified that he was shortlisted for the grand draw through SMS.
D’Sunlit thanked all the exhibitors, consumers, supporters, international award winning chefs, the media people, activity and event partners who had made the event another success.
SEVERAL small and medium enterprises (SMEs) joining the 18th Consumer Fair, which ends today, appeared satisfied with their sales from the event.
Abdul Aziz Hj Johari, from Munroe’s Kitchen, a local SME selling skewered food items and burgers, said the response has been good, peaking during after work hours.
“We’ve had a lot of people coming to buy food from us. It’s been quite busy as well. Compared to the previous consumer fair’s demand, it’s about the same,” he said.
He added that daily sales reach $1,000 from a capital of $800. Irdina Aqilla Mahadi, co-owner of local fashion label Anna Iman Collections based in Belait, also said that sales have been good so far.
“During the first day of the consumer fair, we had quite a number of customers and made about $300-$700 in sales, and during the second day we reached $1,000 in sales, so that was good,” she said.
During the third day, she said they have to restock because their products were selling well.
But Malik Fadjiar, of fashion label Ran & Nong creations, said that for them, sales were better during the first day of the previous Consumer Fair in January.
“This time around it’s a bit slow, although it’s still good,” he said.
“I think sales have been slower due to the timing of the fair which hasn’t really coincided with Bruneians’ pay day, but sales have actually been picking up since Friday evening,” he said.
WITH the 18th Consumer Fair in full swing at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, running from May 25-29, droves of visitors are seen flocking to the event with their families to experience the much anticipated event.
In helping parents have the ability to go around and visit the exhibition booths with ease, KindyKare International has once again returned as an activity partner to care for their children and infants.
The Sungai Tilong-based daycare will be providing on-site child care services and a mothers’ room complete with a changing table, a bottle warmer, and comfortable chairs for breastfeeding or pumping mothers.
“A Mothers’ Room is a must at any event. It really helps mothers relax and have a moment to herself for a pumping session or to nurse a baby away from the crowd and distractions,” said Sabrina Sallehuddin, a mother who visited the Mini KindyKare during the 17th Consumer Fair.
As the first day-care centre in Brunei to spearhead on-site daycare services at large events such as the consumer fair, KindyKare International has an experienced team with this being their third consecutive consumer fair.
The Mini KindyKare will be open from 10am to 9pm.
THE 18th Consumer Fair, featuring the Food Fest, is getting more interesting with a variety of attractive and exciting activities in line. A few of the activities that are being offered are cooking classes organised by Hers Kitchen and a baking class and demonstration which is jointly organised by D’Sunlit and Bake Culture.
Hajah Ernie binti Haji Abdul Samad, owner of Hers Kitchen in an interview explained that Hers Kitchen Cooking Class has been operating in the Sultanate for the past four years and has classes in Kiulap that are open to children, teens and adults. She added that a cooking class for children will be held on Sunday, depending on the demands.
Meanwhile the participants of the baking class learned how to make multigrain bread during a class led by Master Chef and Professor Chef Lu Han Chih, a baking professor at the MKC Polytechnic in Taiwan. Also leading the class was Chef Chien Hsiao Chia, an award winning master, who has numerous awards under his belt.
They will be at the consumer fair from May 25-29.
THE latest instalment of the 17th Consumer Fair was officially launched yesterday at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas which houses more than 400 booths offering impressive products and services to visitors.
Present to officiate the five-day expo was the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong together with Dato Paduka Haji Danial bin Haji Hanafiah, Executive Director of D’Sunlit and its Managing Director, Jackson Ting.
This was followed by the minister together with D’Sunlit top management launching the official In-Fair Magazine of the 17th edition of the fair. The magazine is a biannual release for free with each fair.
The guest of honour was then escorted by the Datuk Amar Haji Tengah bin Ali Hasan, Minister of Resource Planning and Environment II, Minister of Public Utilities and Minister of Industrial Development, Sarawak, Malaysia to launch the Sarawak Pavilion, the largest participating vendor at the Consumer Fair.
In his welcoming speech, Dato Paduka Haji Danial noted that the 17th edition of the Consumer Fair reflects that entrepreneurship remains strong in this period of economic challenges.
He said, “There is always strong interest from vendors to participate in each fair, showing that many businesses are up to the challenges, and that the consumer fairs are carrying out their objectives of helping businesses – especially local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – to gain greater market awareness, and increase their business networking.”
He hoped to see more SMEs participating and introducing their products in future consumer fairs. The fair is a popular platform for local and regional consumers with consistently high number of visitors every fair.
Vendors from Brunei and other countries such as Asean member states of Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as countries such as India, Bangladesh, Taiwan and Pakistan are showcasing items covering a range of products and services categories including banking finance, electronics, health and cosmetics, food and beverage, and home décor ideal for upcoming festive events.
Interesting assortments of activities are also being planned for the upcoming events. These include the Tea Appreciation session from The Coffee Bean Brunei, daily challenges courtesy of Syarikat Perniagaan Malar Setia, and Aiking Trading Co Sdn Bhd’s manhunt of Mr Brown which gives a chance of winning a trip to Chinese Taipei to visit castles as well as winning a year’s supply of coffee.
The 17th Consumer Fair (CF17) will also feature ‘Can YOU C Sairol’ from Hui Huang Enterprise, where participants stand the chance to win original Manchester United merchandise such as jerseys signed by Angel di Maria and Robin van Persie, footballs and signed jersey of Sairol Sahari of DPMM FC.
A blood donation drive will also be conducted by the Blood Donation Centre of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital on Saturday.
Organisers, D’Sunlit promised visitors large number of attractive prizes with their official Consumer Fair Grand Lucky Draw and by entering the ‘Kopi Kapal Api Lucky Draw’ of participating vendor Bintang Ria Sdn Bhd.
Japan’s favourite anime ambassador, Doraemon, will also make his first ever showcase in the country during the fair.
Children will also be entertained by the scenic Ocean Maze and are welcomed to take pictures with these artworks.
Moreover, Juz Plus and DST are having therapeutic colouring contest for adults and children.
Other than that, Red Bull Brunei is organising the ‘Red Bull Hoop It Up’ whereby customers stand a chance of winning daily cash prizes. An ice-cream competition designed for people who have a sweet tooth will also be organised.
The CF17 will run until Sunday from 10am to 10pm except on Friday where it will close from 12 noon to 2pm in respect of Friday prayers.
Free shuttle bus service will also be available to ferry visitors between the Indoor Stadium parking lots to ICC.
For details and the latest updates on the expo, visit www.bruneiconsumerfair.com, follow D’Sunlit on facebook at ‘D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd’ or Instagram @dsunlit.
THE biannual Consumer Fair is back for the 18th time at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas yesterday so get your walking shoes ready; there’s some shopping to be done.
The latest edition of the fair was launched by the Acting Minister of the Ministry of Development, Dato Paduka Hj Suhaimi Hj Gapar.
Also present was Managing Director of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd (D’Sunlit) Jackson Ting, along with Executive Director Dato Paduka Hj Danial Hj Hanafiah, members of the diplomatic corps, senior government officials, heads of organisations, media friends and activity partners. More than 400 booths with 180 exhibitors, both local and international, from Malaysia, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cambodia, India and Singapore are showcasing various products and services.
The theme this time is Food Fest and just for the event, several experts in the culinary world have been invited to hold cooking demonstrations and classes such as a baking class held by Bake Culture, Piccolo’s latte art demonstration and classes from Her’s Kitchen.
Even more, the Department of Agriculture Extensions of Thailand has brought the ninth Thailand Grand Fair to the event and features the fruits from the nation. It’s a great chance for exotic fruit lovers to get a taste of Thailand’s delights. For those that have little children and are worried about them running around, just drop them off at the care centre run by KindyKare International.
All these and more such as a Junior Chefs Cookout and Family Cookout by Her’s Kitchen, Treasure Hunt Maze by Wonder Theme Sdn Bhd and even a Blood Donation Drive by the RIPAS blood bank are happening at the fair.
So come on by to the fair that’s ongoing until this Sunday, from 10am until 10pm except on Friday when it is closed for prayers from 12 to 2pm. For more news and updates on activities, follow D’Sunlit on Facebook at D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and @dsunlit on Instagram.
THE bi-annual Consumer Fair, as one of the most anticipated events in the country, continues to grow as it receives encouraging response from local and international vendors.
Executive Director of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd Dato Paduka Hj Danial Hj Hanafiah said that the 18th edition of the Consumer Fair is once again aimed at helping local businesses gain more exposure.
“With the aim to aid local SMEs gain better footing, the 18th Consumer Fair will continue to provide a platform for them by creating opportunities to gain better market awareness and allowing business networking opportunities,” he said.
Some local and international vendors interviewed by The Brunei Times said that they are hoping to gain more customers through the exhibition, and also introduce their brand and products to a large number of Bruneians.
Kamaliah, a representative of Biodream Enterprise Brunei, said that the last Consumer Fair they participated in has helped greatly not only in introducing Camelite products to the public but also in getting distributors for their products.
“We were surprised to get more than $10,000 in sales over five days at the last Consumer Fair and this time around we hope to match that figure again,” she said.
She said that although it was only the first day, they received quite a high number of visitors at their booth and some repeat customers who wanted to take advantage of their pre-Ramadhan sale.
Kamaliah said that Biodream Enterprise restocks its Camelite products every two weeks because of the demand from small businesses and online vendors. They have yet to supply their products to major supermarkets.
“Bruneians love exhibitions and with the theme for this year which is food, we anticipate more visitors and in fact we’ve seen a high number of people coming in just on the first day,” she said.
Among the foreign companies that joined the 18th Consumer Fair was SM Development Corporation, an integrated property company from the Philippines. International Executive Property Officer Federico Fabro Jr said that while they are not expecting to get any sales during the consumer fair, they wish to expose their company to locals who wish to invest in property in Manila.
“There have been quite a few people who have shown interest in our property,” he said, adding they hope to get more contacts of potential investors. Maria, accounts and sales executive of Pan Foods, said that they are hoping to boost sales and also to create awareness of their products at the Consumer Fair.
As a distributor of Alwani Dates from Medinah, she said that they want to educate the public on the health benefits of consuming dates, which can control blood sugar levels and digestion amongst other benefits.
She added that although this is the perfect time to market their products as Muslims usually consume dates during the fasting month, it is also important for people to realise that it is beneficial for them to eat dates at any time of the year. “We think it should be a habit for the public to consume dates on a daily basis. This fair is a great way to reach the masses and convey this message,” she said.
PREPARATIONS are underway for the organiser of the upcoming 18th Consumer Fair (CF18), D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd (D’Sunlit), and its vendors.
D’Sunlit yesterday held a briefing yesterday at its office in Beribi for the many vendors taking part in the upcoming consumer event, which is set to take place from May 25 to 29 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas.
Present during the briefing were various representatives of the numerous companies and establishments, which will be showcasing their best and most popular products and services during the five-day event.
During the briefing, vendors were updated on the latest developments, logistic concerns as well as the rules and regulations and other relevant matters to ensure the smooth running of the event.
The latest installment of the popular consumer event will feature over 400 booths and 180 exhibitors hailing from Malaysia, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cambodia, India, Singapore and the nation.
The highlight of the event is the food fest, which aims to provide a wide selection of food and culinary experiences at the fair.
Other than food, newcomers will be showcasing their newly launched products and service with promotions.
In addition, visitors are encouraged to be on the lookout for the “Biggest Deal in Town”, a compilation of offers on the numerous products and services that are offered during specific times during the course of the fair.
CF18 will also have a list of amazing activities. One such highlight is Bake Culture’s baking classes, which will be facilitated by specially invited award winning chefs.
The classes are offered at different packages ranging from $90 to $120. For further details log on to www.bruneiconsumerfair.com. Other than Bake Culture, Hers Kitchen will be having “Junior Chefs Cookout” for the kids age 12 and above and “Family Cook Out” for bonding time of families.
Registration forms will be available at Hers Kitchen located at Unit C5, 1st Floor, Shakrin Complex, Kiulap. Those interested can find out more by calling 2236415.
There will also be the Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd’s Ice Cream Decoration Challenge, Cultural arts demonstration by the Thailand Embassy while KindyKare International will once again make their child care services available so that parents can shop with ease.
To find out more, members of the public can log on to D’Sunlit’s Facebook ‘D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd’ and its Instagram @Dsunlit.
D’SUNLIT Sdn Bhd, organiser of the upcoming 18th Consumer Fair, held a briefing yesterday for exhibitors at the company’s premises in Beribi Light Industrial Estate, Phase II.
The attendees were updated on the latest developments, logistics as well as rules and regulations to be adhered to and other relevant matters to ensure smooth running of the event.
Present to deliver the briefing was Laurence Garcia, Events Management Executive of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd.
The session was attended by representatives of companies and establishments showcasing their products and services during the five-day event. Exhibitors were also provided details of the opening ceremony that will be held in the afternoon of the first day of the fair on May 25.
The 18th Consumer Fair will take place at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas from May 25 to 29 from 10am to 10pm daily, except for Friday when it will close temporarily from 12pm to 2pm for Friday prayers.
The five-day fair will have over 400 booths and 180 exhibitors from Malaysia, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cambodia, India, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam.
The highlight of this year’s fair would be the Food Fest. It will provide wide selection of food offering varied culinary experiences. Other than food, newcomers in the fair will be showcasing their latest products and services with a variety of promotions.
Some of the exhibitors include Shot of Sugar, Cuckoo, Kopi Kocak, TAIB, Starbucks, Brahim, world’s biggest Halal flight kitchen, and many more. Moreover, there will also be the ‘Biggest Deal in Town’, presenting combined offers on numerous products and services with discounted prices at different times throughout the five-day event.
Consumers can find out more details by visiting Facebook page D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and Instagram @dsunlit. Bake Culture will also be hosting baking classes by award winning chefs where Maju LSK Logistics and Foodfare Sdn Bhd and Ji-Mart Enterprise will be sponsoring ingredients for participants.
Registration is now open for the baking classes and can be done at D’Sunlit’s office or Bake Culture. Online registration is also available at www.bruneiconsumerfair.com.
Other than that, Hers Kitchen will be having a ‘Junior Chefs Cookout’ for the children aged 12 years and above and a ‘Family Cook Out’. Registration forms will be available at Hers Kitchen at Kiulap. Four award winning chefs from Malaysia will be invited to the fair to demonstrate different kinds of skills and techniques in preparing food, and lucky customers stand a chance to enjoy the food made by the chefs.
Piccolo Café’s head Barista will be showcasing latte art skills and three lucky appreciators will get the chance to participate in ‘Make your own cup of latte’ activity. Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd’s Ice Cream Decoration Challenge, Wonder Theme Sdn Bhd’s Treasure Hunt Maze and Bouncer Ku’s Fear House will be other attractions at the fair.
Thailand embassy will be organising a cultural show at their stage area inside the Plenary Hall, while Kotak Senyum Photobooth will be displaying a photo booth for consumers to take photos with mascots at affordable prices. Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital will also be at ICC on May 26 from 10am to 3pm to provide blood donation services to the public.
Busy parents visiting the fair will be able to drop off their children at the KindyKare International, which will be setting up a day care centre for young children. The Grand Lucky Draw of the Consumer Fair is also expected to be a crowd puller this time again.
BAKE Culture and D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd are inviting award winning chefs to share their baking skills and techniques at the upcoming 18th Consumer Fair, which is happening at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas from May 25-29.
Chef Chien Hsiao Chia, a Taiwanese award winning baker with 15 years of experience in making baked goods, will make an appearance at the Consumer Fair, along with Lu Han Chih, a professor from Taiwan who will be teaching entrepreneurs and bakers current trends in the baking industry around the world.
Furthermore, Bake Culture Brunei’s chef, Soh Say Peng – a veteran with 30 years of baking experience working with various Multi National brands in the Asean region – will also make an appearance.
Registration for the baking class is now open and forms can be obtained and submitted at D’Sunlit office or Bake Culture.
There are only nine sessions throughout the five-day event and each session will take approximately three hours. The baking classes come with two themes, which are European-style Baking and Sweet Buns. Limited spaces are available for this premium baking class, so those interested are advised to register early.
Other than Bake Culture, Hers Kitchen will also hold a ‘Junior Chefs Cookout’ for the kids with the assistance of their parents. Kids aged five and above are welcome to join. For more information and updates, follow D’Sunlit on social media: Facebook page D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and @dsunlit on Instagram or call D’Sunlit Marketing Department.
D’SUNLIT Sdn Bhd invites all to join in the fun and exciting activities set to take place during the upcoming 18th Consumer Fair from May 25 to 28 at the International Convention Centre, Berakas.
This time around, a list of different categories of products and services can be seen throughout the course of the fair, most notably the food and beverage section.
Other highlights of the fair is the demonstration on coffee art and craft by Piccolo Café. Coffee art appreciators and all consumers alike are welcome to pick up some skills from the café’s barista.
Other than beverage and dessert, Bake Culture, Taiwan’s premium pastry chain is inviting an award-winning chef – who has 15 years of experience in making baked goods – to share baking skills and techniques.
Registration will be available online at www.bruneiconsumerfair.com or at Bake Culture and D’Sunlit office soon. Aside from that, another well-known chef from Taiwan is also invited to conduct a baking demo for all the public to watch and learn.
Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd will also have something in store. This time, it is bringing back its ice-cream competition to another level, modifying it into an ice-cream decoration competition.
Besides all things food, the biggest deal in town is available at the fair, featuring various products with outstanding prices at limited quantity at different hours per day, throughout the five-day event.
The Grand Lucky Draw of the Consumer Fair is on again. In addition, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital will also be there on May 26 from 10am-3pm to provide blood donation services to the public.
There are plenty of promotions coming up for the 18th Consumer Fair. For more information and updates, follow D’Sunlit on social media: ‘D’sunlit Sdn Bhd’ on Facebook and @dsunlit on Instagram, or call the D’Sunlit Marketing Department at 2453666.
THE 18th Consumer Fair is set to be held at the International Convention Centre in Berakas from May 25 – 29, with one of the highlights being Bake Culture and D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd’s introduction to baking classes.
Bake Culture embraces the mission to let everyone enjoy high quality baked goods from around the world at an affordable price. On August 26, 2015, the Taiwanese premium pastry chain launched its second branch in the world, and its first branch in Brunei Darussalam.
Bake Culture’s chef and baked goods will be featured on Astro Channel 317, on a prominent Taiwanese programme called ‘Asia’s Super Taste’ in TVBS on May 29, 2016.
Bake Culture is inviting Chien Hsiao Chia, an award winning baker of 2012 (Champion of American Cheese Bread Competition) with 15 years of baking experience, to share with the public his skills and techniques at the Consumer Fair. Additionally, a well-known chef from Taiwan has also been invited to hold baking demonstrations.
The Consumer Fair is a platform for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to promote and showcase products and services to the local market. Other than Bake Culture, other SMEs bakers are expected to offer their goods throughout the five-day event.
Other activities will feature food-related games, so foodies and members of the public are welcome to join in the fun.