Picturesque truffle hunts, decadent degustations, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and truffle-infused boutique beer will form part of Canberra’s annual truffle celebrations this winter.
Each year from the beginning of June until the end of August, The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region marks the harvest of the Black Winter Truffle with the ultimate foodie festival. This year’s festival features more than 250 individual events across the region, offering a rich variety of opportunities to taste and experience the magic of these prized gems.
There are many species of Australian native truffles, but the one most prized in culinary circles is the Black Winter Truffle, also known as Perigord Truffle. The climate around the Canberra region is ideal for Black Winter Truffles as it is a similar climate to Europe where the truffle originated.
During the winter festival, indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a farmers market and rustle up your own truffle dish.
There are plenty of truffieres dotted around the Canberra Region offering an opportunity to meet the growers, pat the dogs and get your hands dirty.
If you want to see the truffle dogs in their element and learn more about truffles, the best way is to join a truffle hunt during the festival where you will experience how dogs are trained to sniff out the truffles, the kinds of growing conditions required, a chance to dig for a truffle, the distinctive scent and of course a sample of how the truffle tastes.
After a hunt enjoy wine tastings and truffle platters at Mount Majura Vineyard, Pankhurst Wines and Lerida Estate. Or why not try the BentSpoke Brewing Co Truffled beer utilising the ‘Hopinator’ infuser? The Hopinator will be packed with fresh truffles which will infuse the beer prior to pouring into the glass.
Learn how to cook truffles with cooking classes at 3 Seeds at the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, Foodish at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets and Le Tres Bon in Bungendore including everything from truffle workshops and French and Italian truffle classes to a kids’ truffle pasta class.
A range of truffle breakfasts, lunches and degustation dinners will be held at a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars throughout the region including Pod Food, Italian and Sons, Mezzalira, Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Conservatory Restaurant, Hotel Kurrajong, Vibe Hotel, Joe’s Bar and Muse – Food, Wine and Books.
As part of this year’s festival, former chef and author of The Agrarian Kitchen Rodney Dunn will also be in Canberra promoting his new book The Truffle Cookbook across a series of events including the Food and Words dinner at Hotel Hotel’s Monster Kitchen and Bar.