Now in its seventh year, Truffle Kerfuffle returns to Manjimup in June for a weekend-long celebration of everyone’s favourite fungus. As in previous years, the 2017 event features truffle-focused food and wine experiences and also includes a separate program of all-WA chef dining events.
This year’s line-up sees Paul West (River Cottage Australia) and Jack Stein (Rick Stein Group) joined by local talent Aaron Carr (Vasse Felix), Ben Day (Aravina Estate), Amy Hamilton (Liberte), Jesse Blake (Petition Kitchen), David Coomer (Fuyu), Sophie Zalokar (Foragers) and Paul Iskov (Fervor).
Also cooking will be Russell Blaikie, chef and partner of Must Winebar, who returns to the festival after a four-year absence.
“I find it very exciting to be part of an event at its inception,” says Blaikie. “When you tread new ground in a new region with produce that is quite new to the market, you can’t measure how big the buzz is. So I stepped away and decided to accept the offer to come back this year.”
Blaikie will be cooking at the Hunter’s Breakfast with West playing the part of host at the event. While the menu is still in development, Blaikie is quietly confident guests will be in for a treat.
“I want to serve grains, nuts and pulses and combine them with egg and truffle,” he says. “I think that’s a marriage made in heaven. One of the ingredients I’m going to be using is red walnuts. They’re bright crimson. As a highlight with truffles they will blow people’s socks off.”
Festival events include the Feast and Fire opening night party with Carr and Day, a Southern Forests Barbeque lunch with Hamilton and a Winter’s Night dinner with Blake. Visitors to the Chef’s Cabin can take part in intimate fireside cooking classes with various guest chefs. Those with a more adventurous bent can get their hands dirty on a truffle hunt.
Tickets include access to the Truffle Tent and Marketplace where guests can watch cooking demonstrations, enjoy wine and cider tastings and purchase truffle-enriched dishes.