Market, cafe bring Wakefield alive

ABC announcer Peter Goers with the trio who are making it all happen - (from left) Caterina Mancini, Lyn Wilson and Annie Roeger.
It was a grand opening like no other. A harmonious harpist played in the hall, along with vocal guitarists, a country duo and buskers.
 There was something for everyone as Salt of the Earth Country Market and Cafe celebrated a new beginning last Saturday with its official opening at Port Wakefield.
Hundreds from all over the district flocked to the former St Alban’s Hall to see the new facility in town.
ABC radio host, Peter Goers, opened the exciting new venture at about 10.30am.
Guest speaker, Gardening Australia’s Sophie Thompson, spoke to gardening enthusiasts about preparing the garden for summer.
A variety of stalls, everything from fresh produce, crafts, antiques and skin care filled the hall. Organic tea/coffee and great quality food was enjoyed by all. The little ones were also entertained with free face painting and balloons.
Co-owner Caterina Mancini, said she and the team were “really happy with the turnout”.
“We are elated,” she said.
“We’ve put in a lot of hard work. But you have to start out slowly and then things just take off!
“One of the highlights on the day was Peter Goers who cut the ribbon. We’d just like to say thank you to the community for supporting us,” she said.
Caterina said she would like to see Wakefield Regional Council support the proposal of signage in the area. “As a business we need to be promoted,” she said.
“Having signage on the main road would help bring tourists into the area and ultimately help with business.”
With the grand opening now over after months of hard work, Salt of the Earth’s two-year business plan is to open the nearby church as an art gallery and add more stalls to the market.
If you are interested in setting up a stall, contact the Salt of the Earth team. Call Caterina on 0407 398 018 or Annie on 0424 845 687.

PHOTOS BELOW, from left: .  Brenda Williams of Alnda Farms, The Market Vegie People, Gawler River.
. Caterina Mancini helps Peter Goers cut the ribbon to open Salt of the Earth.
. Bev Cawthorn, of Moonta, shows Balaklava ladies Di Gregor, Jenny Rowland and Julie Brice her jewellery range, which she buys from a friend overseas.
. Sophie Thompson, of Gardening Australia.
. Port Wakefield Primary School teacher Alisha Fox (centre), and her friends visiting from Adelaide, caught up with a few of the young students, who were sporting colourful faces. From left: Eliza Roeger, Patricia Edwards (front), Amelia Bradwell, Karli Andrew, Peta Carr, Felicity Edwards on Alisha’s knee, Catherine Newberry, India Amos (front) and Tegan Cordaro.