The aroma of perfumery and baked goods is stirring up the Serambi Batil Hall in Tarindak D’Seni as the Ekspo Hari Raya has opened its doors to the public.

The event which ends on June 2 is organised by Tarindak aimed toward providing opportunities to local businesses to showcase their products and services.

Variety of ice-cream flavours at Ekspo Hari Raya held at Tarindak D’Seni. Image: Azrina Zin

The expo is open to public from 10am – 10pm.

Some 25 vendor booths are at the expo selling products that include furniture, ready-to-wear clothing, baked goods, hijab and many more.

Moreover, most of the entrepreneurs are small businesses who created jobs through making locally made products.

Highlighted products also include home-made shampoo, soap, hand cream, shower gel and hand cream from an all-natural brand from a local company known as Iman Putera.

Some of the exhibitors available at Ekspo Hari Raya held at Tarindak D’Seni. Image: Azrina Zin

Furthermore, customers will be able to get a taste of Brunei’s first and finest premium homegrown coffee from Labi, Belait.

Founder Yong Khian Fook explains that the taste of the Arabica and Robusta coffee is similar to Vietnamese coffee.

Yong Khian Fook (L), the founder of Labi Coffee, and his daughter at their booth at Ekspo Hari Raya held at Tarindak D’Seni. Image: Azrina Zin

Meanwhile, those who are looking for Raya outfits, the expo also beings colourful and trendy ready-to-wear Raya clothing.

Suzanna, the owner of local clothing brand Soozan, will be exhibiting her new collection of hijabs and said that the event will improve her products’ visibility on the market.

Her limited edition Raya collection was inspired by women in her life which includes Divine Rani, Graceful Mia, Exquisite Wen, Lovely Adrianna and many more.

Suzanna holding some of her products at Ekspo Hari Raya held at Tarindak D’Seni. Image: Azrina Zin

Moreover, Soozan also offers their latest modern kurta design for children, Kurta Mudrik – named after her son.

She further added that platforms like this expo have helped give exposure to online and home-based business like hers.

On his part, Iskandar Duraman, another entrepreneur, runs Hafidh Company that produces modern and solid customisable furniture.

He offers products ranging from TV rack, dining table, bookshelf, eye-catching vanity mirror with lights and his most recent project involves making a customised Hot Wheel rack.

He said the exhibition opportunities create market opportunities for his venture. “Different exhibitions have helped us access different markets and meet new clients,” he said.

The Tarindak Ungkayah Graduan booth attracted plenty of attention on the first day with a wide display of locally made products that includes acar, biscuits, cakes and many more.

One of the highlighted products includes their own ice cream which has a variety of six tropical flavors such as Mambangan, Nangka, Tarap, Tibadak, Belunu and popular choice, Durian Kuning.

Other vendors at the expo include Elegant House Brunei, Intan Khalidah Enterprise, The Cottage and Young Initiative Programme (CYIP), Ariana and many more.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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