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How to plan the perfect truffle dinner party

HerCanberra Team

Whether you’re an experienced fungi-master or a truffle trainee, there is always more to learn about cooking with this mysterious flavour sensation.

Hosting a truffle-themed dinner party is a great way to share (and show off) your newfound skills in the kitchen.

Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got everything you need to get from zero to truffle hero. Why? Because for the three months of winter, The Canberra Truffle Festival is in full swing, with hundreds of events across June, July and August.

But where to begin? According to the experts, you have to start from the ground up (pun intended).

“If you’re interested in truffles, you have to go out and see how they’re found,” says Damian Robinson, owner of Turalla Truffles.

“That’s part of the magic of the whole experience. Sure, they’re a lovely fragrance and they’re great on pasta, but to actually watch a dog work with the truffle hunter and the system they have is fascinating.”

So with that in mind…


Before you get into the kitchen, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with. A great way to get to know truffle is to go straight to the source and go on a truffle hunt

“At Turalla Truffles we kick off with truffle hunts on the weekends,” explains Damian. “The whole season is a real celebration – it’s an amazing crop and is so unique to this part of Australia. We’re very lucky to be blessed with the climate that makes us able to do what we’re doing.”

There are five truffle growers in the Canberra region that offer a range of truffle hunt experiences, including Turalla. Each includes a hands-on hunt with trained truffle dogs and tastings afterwards. Some growers have truffle available for sale and others offer dining experiences and even cooking classes.

“Another thing I recommend doing is getting down and smelling the ground near where the truffles are found,” says Damian. “When the dog scratches on the ground and you get down and smell the earth, it is an amazing smell – it’s kind of better than truffles. It’s quite intoxicating and hard to define.”

Check out Tarago TrufflesTuralla TrufflesMacenmist Black Truffles and WinesBlue Frog Truffles and L’Air Du Wombat Truffles for more information.


If you’re going to cook with the best, you need to learn from the best. Why not grab some friends, tie on an apron and learn from an experienced chef how to get the most out of each nugget?

“A lot of the time, people are interested in cooking truffles, and this is a chance for them to see how it all works,” says Damian.

Turalla is running truffle cooking masterclasses, Truffle Hunt + Brunch events and more. Macenmist truffle farm also offers hunts with a masterclass and Foodish offers a hands-on masterclass and lunch with paired wines.


Once you’ve dug your truffles and learnt how to get the most out of them, it’s time to dig in! Armed with the right information, experience and skills, you’ll be well-prepared to host a delicious truffle dinner party for family and friends. You’ll even have a few truffle tales to share.

the essentials

What: The Canberra Region Truffle Festival
When: Until end of August
Where: Various locations across Canberra
Website: trufflefestival.com.au

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