With the start of the new year also comes the anticipation of another consumer fair among the locals. While last year’s was themed after Thailand and Taiwan, this year the 24th Consumer Fair carries the theme “Oriental Town”.

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First introduced in 2008, year by year there has been a growth in the numbers of both vendors and customers. Not only does the fair attract local vendors, but as the year progresses, there has been an increase in international participation such as from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan among others. As for customers, as items are offered at promotional prices, it’s not something you’ll want to miss.

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Bringing with them their new muslimah-friendly sportswear and their brand new personalised hijab collection Airaz, Siti, the Brand Manager of Inner Sejuk explained the attraction of joining Consumer Fair, “Almost every year we joined the Brunei Consumer Fair since it provides an excellent platform for us to reach our Bruneian customers.” She further commented that through their observation a lot of locals are into these events thus allowing them to gather new customers.

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There are five zones in total; the Orange Zone being the centre of it all, where the “Bruneian Made” booth gathers and features local SME products such as scarves from Mumtaz Collection, shirts by Batik Brunei, Mukaku Cosmetics, supplements and packaged food and others. The Yellow Zone offers a variety of clothing and accessories for people of all ages, promising something for everyone.

The highlight of the 24th Consumer Fair, the Oriental Town is located at one corner of the Blue Zone, the Food Court. Complete with wooden tables and colourful Chinese paper lanterns from one end of the town to the other end, it creates a festive ambience at the town.

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For all the bubble tea, tea, and coffee lovers, the Food Court (the Blue Zone), is an exhibition in itself. Gong cha, Liho Tea, Colobaba, Chill Chill, are only some of those that calls to you. Of course, since it is a food court, from corner to corner the big white tent that houses the Blue Zone also offers a variety of food; you can get Chinese dumplings, laksa Sarawak, sushi, and more! On the other hand, if you’re looking for dry or packaged food, head over to the selections available in the Green Zone.

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Also inside the Blue Zone, you can find the Toy Warehouse. Not only do they offer toys at very low prices, but this time around they also have a Toy Donation Drive, where you can donate old toys in exchange for a new one.

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Meanwhile if you’re looking for free ice cream, within the maze of health and household electronics inside the Purple Zone, you can go to Imagine’s hard-to-miss orange double-tiered booth. Also within this zone, Origin Artistic also occupies a booth in this zone promoting their latest film, Akademi, which will start airing in cinemas starting today.

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Offering a variety of goods and services, there’s something for everyone at the 24th Consumer Fair. So do drop by the ICC Berakas before it ends this upcoming Sunday, 19th January 2020. 

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