Every winter, truffle growers, wineries and restaurants around the region come together to celebrate the region’s truffle industry.
Event manager Julia Brown said the idea for the festival came about in 2009, when a local grower and foodie wanted to showcase the region’s truffles in some way.
“It became more of collaborative effort – an event that brings the region’s hospitality industry together to showcase the many great products of winter, from truffles to local wine,” she said.
“Nine years later, the Truffle Festival is one of Canberra’s most popular events. Under the festival umbrella, participating venues host their own events, from free truffle hunts to degustations at $250 a head. The festival really caters to different ages, interests and budgets.”
Ms Brown added the truffle hunts are particularly fascinating to watch.
“When the dogs detect the scent of the truffles, they are also trained to step back and let the growers take over to carefully dig them out,” she said.
“It’s quite remarkable to watch and people can actually join in the hunting experience.”
Approximately 10,000 people take part in the different festival activities each year across participating venues.
This year, two tasting events held will be held at Westfield; one in Woden and one in Belconnen. Taste fresh truffles, wine and produce at the market stalls and then watch live cooking demonstrations where local chefs will show different ways to utilise truffles.
“What these demonstrations teach you is that you only need a little bit of truffle to make an impact in a dish. Often chefs infuse truffle into foods like rice that soak up the flavour,” Ms Brown said.
“At the end, people get to taste the dishes and take home their favourite recipes. It’s a chance to experience truffles for free and is a good introduction to truffle for people who don’t know much about them or have never tried them.”
For more information about the festival visit the official website here.
1st June 2017 – 31st August 2017
The Truffle Festival will take part across various locations in Canberra.
View official website for details.
Visiting Canberra for the Truffle Festival this winter? Abode Narrabundah is the perfect accommodation option.
Book your stay at Abode Narrabundah here today.