July 24, 2019 / By Emma Moylan
For a winter experience you won’t forget, indulge in a feast for the senses at the Canberra Truffle Festival. The ultimate foodie event and a wonderful celebration of mid-winter magic in the Canberra region, this unique festival is the first and largest of its kind in Australia. Held each year from June to August, more than 250 individual events are hosted showcasing the French Black Winter Truffle grown in the ACT and southern NSW.
Now in its 10th year, the Truffle Festival takes place over the coldest months in Canberra, highlighting the seasonality of this special ingredient – a black fungi delicacy which grows underneath oak or hazelnut trees in the right climatic conditions. With cold winters and hot summers, Canberra has a similar climate to the truffle-growing regions in France, making Australia’s capital city one of less than a handful of places in the world where these highly-prized gems can be found so close to a major city centre.
Featuring a packed calendar of events in 2019, this year’s Festival includes a range of delicious gourmet experiences that are the perfect cold-weather indulgence. Here are just 5 ways you can enjoy one of Canberra’s most delicious celebrations.
Beat the Canberra chill with the thrill of a truffle hunt and see for yourself how the specially-trained dogs follow their noses and unearth the mysterious ‘black diamonds’ hidden under the trees. It's a fun and fascinating experience with Canberra region’s top truffle farms such as Tarago Truffles, Turalla Truffles, Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines, Blue Frog Truffles and L’Air du Wombat Truffles offering a variety of truffle hunt experiences that are often followed by tastings and a chance to chat with the growers – a great way to spend a Canberra winter morning!
If you haven’t cooked with these unique, earthy delights before, you can learn first-hand how to prepare black truffles and what dishes benefit from their addition. Watch accomplished chefs showcase their truffle culinary skills in a live cooking demo, or take part in a cooking workshop where you can learn from the experts, before dining on your own creation.
Satisfy your taste for truffles with the special flavours and aromas of heavenly truffle creations when you'll be able to find truffles on the menu at many restaurants, cafes, bars and wineries around the Canberra region. During the festival, food venues across the region offer a variety of truffle tasting experiences, from freshly shaved truffle on a pizza to six-course truffle inspired degustation menus with matching wines at Canberra’s many fine dining establishments.
What’s an indulgent winter food experience without an accompanying glass of something delicious? Enjoy a seasonal wine-tasting experience at Mount Majura Vineyard where they will be pouring wines matched with Truffled Brie, or stay warm at Gundog Estate Cork Street Cellar with a wine-matched, truffle-infused, three-course lunch in front of the fireplace. If wine is not enough, try Bentspoke Brewing Co.’s speciality Silverback beer infused with cumquats, cinnamon, juniper berries, cloves, vanilla and truffles!
Make the most of the Canberra Truffle Festival by popping along to a market or farm where you can purchase fresh truffles and truffle products and maybe have the chance to chat with one of the growers. During the festival, a range of truffle delights will be available from Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, Tarago Truffles, Poachers Pantry, Blue Frog Truffles, Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines, and Turalla Truffles with everything from Truffle Honey, Truffle Oil and Truffle Salt through to Smoked Chicken Breast with Black Truffle ready to take home.
The Truffle Festival Canberra Region 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 - Saturday, August 3, 2019.
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