Heading to Truffle Kerfuffle this weekend? Leave your high heels and limited-edition Yeezys at home: the Southern Forests’ annual celebration of the black truffle and regional produce is no run-of-the-mill food festival. Held at Manjimup’s postcard-perfect Fonty’s Pool, it’s the sort of party at which guests attend intimate chef masterclasses; join truffle hunts (no finders-keepers, sadly); and meet local growers and winemakers.
Although local is Truffle Kerfuffle’s credo, the event has recruited some interstate drawcards for the weekend, not least chefs Duncan Welgemoed and James Viles from Africola (Adelaide) and Biota (Bowral) respectively. We still haven’t figured out how we’re going to fit in seeing all the out-of-towners and find the time to catch up with our favourite locals, but we’re giving it a good shake. Here are five (more) reasons to head to Truffle Kerfuffle this weekend, or plan out an existing TK itinerary. Don’t forget to dress warm and come hungry.
Attend the WA launch of The Truffle Cookbook
Written by Rodney Dunn of Tasmania’s celebrated Agrarian Kitchen cooking school, The Truffle Cookbook contains more than 60 recipes across the savoury–sweet spectrum. Dunn will host a launch on the Saturday ($75 or $125 with a signed copy of the book) and Sunday ($85) and will be cooking dishes from the book.
Listen to Stories of the Southern Forests
Bridgetown-born writer-comedian Jon Doust will host this new attraction at the festival village. Featuring candid conversations with the region’s pioneering families, these intimate sessions are a great way to learn about the history of the Southern Forests. This event is free with festival entry (from $20, children under 15 free).
Join the Truffle Hunters Breakfast
When was the last time you saw fresh truffle on a breakfast menu? While Jesse Blake from Petition Kitchen helps guests hit their RDI for black truffle, local truffle hunters will share tales of growing the rare tuber. To drink, expect Southern Forests sparkling wines and fresh juices. Tickets $110.
Attend From The Earth
James Viles (Biota, Bowral) and Kiren Mainwaring (Co-op Dining, East Perth come from opposite sides of the country, but both share a deep commitment to sourcing and cooking with great produce. The pair’s Saturday night dinner ($230) features six courses of imaginative cooking matched with local wine.
Enjoy live music in the festival village
Attendees of this year’s festival can enjoy three bands each day. The line-up consists primarily of artists from the south-west: look out for musical cameos from moonlighting farmers and producers. Another free attraction included in ticket price.
Truffle Kerfuffle runs from June 25 to June 27 at Fonty’s Pool, Manjimup. trufflekerfuffle.com.au.
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