During the month of Ramadhan, most restaurants have adjusted their opening hours to cater to those who want to dine out for their sahur. Big BWN Project has taken it upon themselves to organise ‘Sahur Saturday’, a yearly event that has been going on for four years with a wider selection of food at late hours.
This year, Sahur Saturday has managed to attract over 20 local entrepreneurs. Last week, we witnessed more than a hundred people flock the venue at Kontena Park. Local vendors sold an array of delicious food from savoury bites such as homemade burgers and spaghetti to sweet treats like the popular bombolini – essentially donut holes that sells like hot cakes.
Founder of Big BWN Project, Noorhafizah Rashid, said that the event is in line with the company’s aims and objectives to provide the local community with a platform and also an opportunity to reward local home-based businesses to showcase their products and skills in the month of Ramadhan.
However, the main aim of Sahur Saturday is to help local businesses gain exposure for their brands and also encourage youth to venture into business, in line with the goals of Brunei Vision 2035.
According Hidayah Momin of Bunga Kilanas, they participated in the event for more publicity so that people will get to know their products and brand. With the influx of people that came to the event, it was a good chance for them to gain a huge number of sales that night.
There has been a number of developments to the event over the years, particularly with the number of interested vendors each year.
“Over the course of four years, we have seen a rise with interested vendors wanting to join the event. Many argue that it is the ideal time for them to validate their ideas, make more sales and boost their prospects. Even the crowd has made a significant growth over the years,” highlighted Noorhafizah.
Unique to the event this year is the introduction of the No Plastic campaign, where the vendors and customers are encouraged to stop using single-use plastic such as straws and cutlery, while also bringing their own containers and bottles for use during the event.
“This initiative has caught the eye of many local agencies and private organisations, and we will be launching our nationwide No Plastic Day campaign on 25th May 2019,” said Fisha.
Other than the No Plastic campaign, Sahur Saturday also had the Ehsan Ramadhan Donation drive by YAS Brunei, in collaboration with YSEALI Brunei, Matters OC and Sayangku Childcare, where they collected donations to be given to migrant workers in Brunei.
The final round of Sahur Saturday this year will be on 25th May 2019 at Kontena Park starting from 9.00pm to 2.00am. Be sure to not miss the opportunity and check out the event this weekend!