Burnham Beeches Truffle Hunt
It’s truffle season. And Burnham Beeches Estate, just 40 kilometres from Melbourne, has a 200-tree trufferie that’s in full bloom. On Saturday August 31, get foraging.
This is a rare opportunity to hunt for black truffles, which are near impossible to cultivate with human intervention. Start at Piggery Cafe (co-owned by Vue de Monde’s Shannon Bennett) on the estate. Human and canine truffle-hunting experts will guide you from there. You’ll also get a tour of the grounds, including the garden, which supplies produce to Vue de Monde.
Once you finish hunting, it’ll be time to feast. Vue de Monde executive chef Hugh Allen has designed a swanky, truffle-centric menu. Each of the four courses will be matched with wines handpicked by head somm Carlos Simeos Stantos.
There’ll be Jerusalem artichoke soup with black truffe; a truffle jaffle with camembert and wild herbs; Flinders Island lamb with sweetbreads, truffle and a pine mushroom salad; and dark-chocolate tart with – you guessed it – truffle.
From 3pm to 9pm.