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The Great Aussie Wheatbelt Road Trip (part 2)

YABBIE DABBY DOO!

And so Taste Master fans, we leave the Kulin Bush Races for the 90km drive south to the town of Kukerin. My travelling buddy Chris is behind the wheel, allowing my mind to drift as I take in the rolling crop fields, the famous wildflowers of Western Australia and the serenity of an open road….. What’s tonight got in store? Are we really fine dining in a shearing shed? Why did I put all my money on that horse?

Tonight’s destination is the Nenke Family Farm where we’ll be attending the 11th annual Cambinata Yabbies Extravaganza.

The Nenke family business was formed in 1990 by husband and wife Michael and Mary who were running a sheep and wheat farm at the time. An out of the blue telephone call trying to source yabbies for a Perth restaurant turned Michael’s long-time hobby of catching these fresh water crustaceans into a full blown family business, and they haven’t looked back since.

But just what IS a yabbie?

Basically they’re like mini lobsters. Sweet and delicate with a firm texture, versatile and unique to Australia. The Nenke’s yabbies are environmentally friendly, being sustainably farmed and not wild caught. But best of all, yabbies are a gourmet product and great for the discerning chef looking for ways to explore and create with these delicious little fellas.

CAMBINATA YABBIES EXTRAVAGANZA

The Extravaganza is like nothing you’ve ever been to before. It’s a black tie event in the middle of the West Australian Wheatbelt, where you camp in the farm paddock and fine dine on a seven-course yabbie inspired feast, all prepared by a top chef……..in a shearing shed.

But what looks somewhat dilapidated from the outside is quite the opposite when you enter.

It was a surreal moment as guests emerged from their utes and campervans dressed to the n