Winter brings with it many things, including foggy mornings, crisp days and The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region. From June through to August, the truffle growers in the Canberra District band together to promote their latest season of black winter truffles at the festival and this year marks the 10 year anniversary of the event.
For me, the word ‘truffle’ has always conjured up images of the French countryside and expensive Michelin starred restaurants. At approximately $2000 per kilogram, it was not an ingredient that I thought was within my budget or my geographic vicinity; that was until I moved to Canberra. With a variety of events ranging from gourmet degustation dinners, café style dishes, brewery collaborations, cooking classes, demonstrations, farmers markets, and truffle hunts during the annual winter Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, the much prized and adored fungi are very much within reach and accessible to everyone.
With more than 250 individual events held across the Canberra region, here are some of our top picks to enjoy truffles this season.
One of the most unique paddock to plate experiences available in the region is going on a truffle hunt – and now is the perfect time to hunt and harvest the little nuggets of black gold.
Blessing of the Truffle Dogs at Tarago Truffles
June 17, 11 am – 3 pm
Meet the truffle dogs, join in the blessing to launch the season and see the dogs in action before enjoying a country-style lunch with truffle front and centre.
Westfield Truffle Market Days
Two free events where professional chefs will showcase their truffle skills with live cooking demonstrations. Featuring local market stalls, tasty truffle samples, face painting, balloon bending and other kids’ activities.
Christmas in July at Mona Farm
July 21, 10 am – 5 pm
Celebrate Christmas in July at the breathtaking Mona Farm historical estate. Play in the falling snow, ride a mini steam-powered train or horse and carriage, sample delicious truffle goodies and more.
Poachers Pantry 5 Course Truffle and Wine Dinner
June 30, 7 pm – 10.30 pm
Come and feast on a midwinter’s night and celebrate the season that sets our region apart with flavours and friends.
Truffling @ Contentious Character 5 Course Truffle Dinner
August 4, 6 pm – 10 pm
Blue Frog Truffle Farm and Contentious Character will once again work together to deliver an amazing five-course truffle dinner and evening of entertainment. Start with a special tasting by the winemaker, hear about experiences of farming and cooking with truffles, plus a few contentious surprises.