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Hunt, Cook, Eat, Drink, Stay: The Truffle Festival 2017

Elsie Adamo and Beatrice Smith

It’s intoxicating, the smell coming out the fridges of Canberra foodies during winter.

The earthy, fragrant, pungent smell of fresh, black winter truffles is distinctive and totally addictive. For those who know what we’re on about (or want to learn), The Truffle Festival- Canberra Region is in full swing and there are plenty of activities to keep those new to truffle and those addicted to the amazing black winter truffle satisfied.


The Festival runs throughout the Australian truffle season (starting in June and running throughout July and August) and draws attention to the seasonal experiences available throughout our region, highlighting for visitors the seasonality of our local food production and particularly that of the fresh, high-value black winter truffle.


The event is unique to our region as there are less than a handful of places in the world that can boast a truly productive truffle industry so close to a major city centre.

Here’s our guide of how to get the most out of one of Canberra’s most delicious celebrations.


Foodish is hosting a Truffle Cooking class to help teach you how to best prepare this culinary delight. The menu is a fusion between European fine dining and Chinese cuisine. A peek at the line up reveals inclusions of pork, truffle and crab steamed dumplings, saffron, truffle and egg linguine and caramelised lemon tart with truffle milk sorbet.

Sundays until the 6 August, 12.30pm for cooking, lunch served by 2.30 pm. $135pp


For those people who want to immerse themselves in cooking demonstrations and opportunities to taste, Saturday 22 July is the Truffle Festival Market Day at Westfield Woden. There will be live cooking demos, food stalls, wine tasting activities for the kids as well as samples to enjoy!

The Cooking Demonstrations will be running from 9am-5pm with different chefs showcasing off their truffle culinary skills.

  • 10am: Pialligo Estate with Blue Frog Truffles.
  • 12pm: Foodish with Mount Majura Vineyard and Blue Frog Truffles.
  • 2pm: The Pasta Queen with Contentious Character and Turalla Truffles.
  • 4pm: Poachers Pantry with Wily Trout and Turalla Truffles.


Want to inject some adventure into your winter weekends? Why not give truffle hunting a go? The Festival has some great opportunities for you to go hunting for truffles and be treated to a meal afterwards – both informative and delicious!

Located just outside Bungendore the Turalla Truffles tour is lead by Damian, his family and some damn cute dogs. You’ll learn how about finding truffles, and deciding what is ready to harvest. Available with the option of lunch as well, but for those just on the hunt you’ll still get some truffle things to taste. The day includes a shot of Damian’s famous Truffle infused Vodka, perfect as a Canberra Winter Warmer.

Hunt $75pp 10am-11.30 | Hunt + Cook $180pp 10am – 2pm | Sundays 9 July until 6 August


Denzil and Anne Sturgiss from Tarago Truffles invite you to “get down and dirty” truffle hunting this winter. The experience includes a truffle hunt, truffle tasting and a education session in The Truffle Shed. They also offer children’s tickets so this is great choice for families. For an amazing work outing, private truffle hunts can also be organised.

$80pp adults and $20pp children 10am-1pm | Saturdays and Sundays through until 26 August

For a “Paddock to Plate” experience, Macenmist Truffles will send you off with some cute poodles, Fahren and Tawdiffu, to find your truffles. Once harvested you’ll get to enjoy a three course truffle luncheon. There is even the option to upgrade to get a first hand experience of how the truffles will be prepared through a cooking class.

See their website for more details.

The Bluefrog Truffle Farm also lets you go hunting for truffles all winter. The hunt includes all the information you need about how truffles are grown and harvested, how you hunt them with dogs. After the hunt you’ll get to go to the cleaning and grading room and have a chat about all things truffle, warm up with a hot drink and taste some samples. There will also be truffle products available for purchase.

$75pp, children under 16 are free | Sundays 10am until 6 August

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What’s a warming meal without an accompanying glass of something delicious?

A range of Canberra’s finest vineyards have joined with The Festival to offer attendees a range of exclusive events.

At Mount Majura Vineyard, you can experience a tasting flight where truffled brie is paired with three of their finest drops.


Pankhurst Wines in Wallaroo will be offering truffle platters every weekend of the Festival, accompanied by a tasting of their current release wines (with a focus on Pinot Noir) and if truffle pizza sounds great to you, get along to Contentious Character in Wamboin who will be hosting a mixture of food and wine truffle events including truffle lunches, truffle hunts and dinners.

And if wine isn’t your thing, BentSpoke Brewery are infusing a special truffle beer through their Hopinator! We’re intrigued.


For your interstate foodie friends (or perhaps if you’d like to top your truffle experience off with a sneaky staycation) four hotels will be offering Truffle Festival packages designed to complement your experiences.

Find your perfect location and inclusions here.

the essentials

What: The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region 2017
When: June to August
Where: A variety of locations across Canberra and the surrounding regions

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Elsie Adamo

Elsie originally hails from South Australia but after almost five years in the Capital likes to consider herself now as a local. A student at ANU she keeps herself busy on campus with student societies and now interning at HerCanberra. Her great loves include sitcoms, podcasts, bookstores, cider, brunch and online shopping. More about the Author


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author