Born from a vision Mary had in the early 2000’s to ‘create gourmet tours in the region’ and with a suggestion from a visiting professor from Curtin University the family took the idea of creating a ‘silver service dinner in the paddock and inviting the Prime Minister’ and brought it to life. The Nenke family converted the shearing shed into a function centre - removing yards, replacing the floor, and decorating walls which has created the country glam ambience it has today. It took three months for the Prime Minister at the time, the Hon John Howard to decline though the then WA Minister for Agriculture, the late Hon Kim Chance attended, along with four other politicians from various parties.
Since the event’s inception, amazing chefs have created delicious menus and wait staff have come from all walks of life across Australia and the world, including London and Moscow, to assist and not miss a fun night! As the event grew so has the function centre with a commercial kitchen installed in 2008 (thanks to a Regional Australia Grant) which now also hosts weddings and gala corporate events.
The event has previously catered for over 200 people with many utilising local accommodation options or camping on site. Although many were happy to camp the family recognised the shortfall in accommodation, and after a successful application in 2013 for a Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund Grant, eight cottages were built and cater up to 48 people. Mary’s Farm Cottages were completed in time for the 2014 Extravaganza.
The last ‘Cambinata Extravaganza’ will be held on Saturday October 7 at the Nenke Property. For more information please visit http://www.cambinatayabbies.com.au/extravaganza.html or contact Mary Nenke on 9864 6054.