By June Ramli
Not too long ago, I decided to seek funding through the GoFund platform to exhibit at the Naturally Good exhibition held at the ICC in Sydney from June 5 to 6.
Although I didn’t manage to secure the necessary funding in time to exhibit, I still attended the exhibition as a media representative.
Arriving at around 3:30 pm, I had about an hour and a half before the exhibition concluded for the day.
The exhibition didn’t attract a large number of visitors, and it was difficult to determine if they were potential buyers or fellow exhibitors.
Some attendees took breaks for coffee, while others wandered aimlessly, taking advantage of the wide variety of samples available for tasting.
Business talks were taking place at the back of the exhibition, but I decided not to attend since my main objective was to catch up on what I had missed.
During my time at the exhibition, I noticed a llama serving as a mascot for a particular product. Additionally, there was a notable presence of exhibitors from overseas, including the Fiji Trade Commission and several others that appeared to be from China.
While a few booths seemed empty, the exhibitors who were present engaged in conversations among themselves and sampled their own products, particularly the food-related ones.
Before leaving, I made sure to visit the startup corner to gain insights into what I had missed and to prepare myself in case I have the opportunity to exhibit next year.
The startup area had a vibrant atmosphere compared to the rest of the exhibition.
It was teeming with people, and the overall vibe was highly positive.
June Ramli is the editor of DailyStraits.com. To stay in touch with June, look her up on Twitter @junesairaramli