| Wani Roslan |
IN AN effort to attract and encourage the local community, especially youths interested in entrepreneurship, the Tutong District Office and My Kitchen Box conducted a ‘Tutong Food Con 2014’ at the atrium of Petani Mall yesterday.
The guest of honour was Norfaridah binti Ahad, spouse of the Tutong District Officer, who later toured the various booths at the event.
The event started with a Surah Al-Fatihah recitation followed by a welcoming remark by the chairperson of the event, Nurhidayati binti Madzalan.
She highlighted that the Food Con was organised to help raise funds for the Tutong District Office’s Charity Donation Fund.
“About 40 small local entrepreneurs, who have started their businesses through social media such as Facebook and Instagram, participated in the event,” she said.
She also hoped that the event will become an annual affair where the community, especially the youths, could strengthen ties with each other, while at the same time, provide them with a platform to promote their small businesses.
Apart from booths, the one-day event also had various activities such as face painting and a showcase of wedding dresses to enliven the event.
In an interview with one of the local entrepreneurs, Najmoon Esa, owner of Moon Maira, she stated that she started to promote her business through social media in 2011 and had actively participated in food bazaars last year where she received positive feedback from the public.
“I hope the Tutong Food Con 2014 will help me promote and expand my business,” she said.
Another local entrepreneur Gzul Yusof, owner of gzulyusof, said that he started getting involved in entrepreneurship a year ago and has been actively involved in food bazaars.
“Entrepreneurship is my passion since I was a child. I love to cook and this business of selling my own products has given me the feeling of satisfaction and gratitude. It has also presented me with the opportunity to meet and widen my customer base,” he added.