On a brisk, windswept morning, visitors to The Cabarlah Country Markets headed straight for the hot food and scalding hot coffee. Served efficiently by rosy-cheeked children, the coffee from the Cabarlah Market Café is medium strength. The burgers were a breakfast favourite; Steak Burger $6, Bacon and Egg Burger with tons of bacon $5.50. Toasties, Devonshire Tea with homemade scones and cold drinks at low prices. Also tempting were popular take aways such as Twisted Potatoes and Poffertjes.
Refreshments were accompanied by Topp Gear live country music. A jumping castle and merry-go-round added to the family atmosphere.
Many bargains on shrubs including bromeliads and orchids, fresh produce including Produce from the Lockyer Valley, spoilt for choice in fudge varieties, fishing lures, rods and reels, tools, axe and spade handles, garden tools, vices, denim and knit wear, coats, beanies, bric-a-brac, DVDs, cushions, books and even a kayak. Live chickens including Silky Bantams and Guinea Fowl which are great for keeping down the snake population. Indian throw rugs, shawls, scarves, incense, burners and mats. Jewellery in paper beads were as beautiful as intricate enamel work.
Love Intimo, Independent Lingerie Stylist Personal Stylist Sarah Stone (0420 864 087, firstname.lastname@example.org) explained the Dream Bra. It's an exciting find for women who are post-mastectomy or who have 'odd-sized' breasts. The mineral oil inserts in the Dream Bra mould to the body, even out size and 'train' breasts into their healthiest and loveliest shape as well as providing lift. Love Intimo's specialty is bra fittings. Sarah Stone's sensitive approach will put you at ease. Love Intimo's stunning range includes the Boutique Collection, Foundation Collection, Intimo Briefs, Bras and Loungewear. Sarah intends to set up her stall at all the local markets so keep an eye out or go shopping online.
Leatherwork by Log Book Covers (0429 948 566) included portable seats, hair clips, document wallets and wrist bands. Bible plaques, books and resources from Bible Compass. Holland Wines invite you to visit their Cellar Door and Gift Shop and enjoy free wine tasting. Reinke's wood-smoked wurst, garlic chilli, pepperoni and tomato onion. Brandis Home Grown (Goombungee, 07 4696 5646) and other brands of relishes, jams, preserves, sauces and gift packs.
Top quality rocking horses for precious little ones.
Sea Shepherd Australia's friendly 'onshore crew' were keen to explain their cause. They now have nine ships around the world. Sea Shepherd is a direct action organisation defending our oceans and are non-profit marine wildlife conservationists. The plight of whales, dolphins, sharks, seals and other sea creatures is well documented. Sea Shepherd investigate, expose and confront illegal marine activities. The Toowoomba chapter is two years old. Contact Bob on 0409 261 357 or visit the website for more information.
The ninety plus stalls are surrounded by lofty gum trees on the property of the Cabarlah Sports Ground. Turn off the New England Highway onto Shostaki Road, near the Cuckoo Clock Shop. Plenty of free parking. To book your own stall call The Cabarlah Country Markets on 07 4696 8152.
Decorate plates and other gift ideas are plentiful.