While pigs have excellent truffle-snuffling abilities, they also have excellent truffle-eating abilities. For this reason, specially trained truffle hunting dogs are favoured to sniff out the earthy fragrance of these gourmet fungi. On Sunday 18 June, head to Tarago Truffles for the Blessing of the Truffle Dogs – a tradition that takes place to wish a safe and prosperous truffle season ahead.
Join in a truffle hunt to see the friendly (and hard-working) pooches at work.
One of the best ways to discover the allure of the black truffle is to enjoy a hands-on experience with a hunt. Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines, Turalla Truffles, Tarago Truffles, Blue Frog Truffles and The Truffle Farm Canberra will be conducting truffle hunts throughout the season, where participants can don a duffel and join the truffle hunt dogs in unearthing these treasured gems.
For the true paddock to plate experience, stay on after your hunt for a cooking class or leave it to the award-winning chefs on hand to create a meal unlike any other for you to enjoy. Join the team from Foodish to learn how to make all kinds of delectable dishes ranging from pork, truffle and crab steamed dumplings with pea emulsion, to a caramelised lemon tart with truffle milk sorbet.
Yep, we’re serious. Throughout The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, you can sample a truffle infused beer courtesy of the bar-top Hopinator at BentSpoke Brewery.
Indulge in a truffle degustation at the National Press Club of Australia, sample truffled brie and wine tastings during the Majura Valley Experience, enjoy a truffle breakfast degustation at Pod Food, and experience a Truffle High Tea over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend at The Truffle Farm.
We know what you’re thinking – “Hey VisitCanberra, truffles are all well and good, but what about the wine?”
Never fear, several Canberra region wineries are participating in The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region. Pankhurst Wines will be offering truffle platters to accompany tastings of their current release wines, while Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout Vineyard will be putting on truffle feasts to match their smoked meats and crisp wines.
Want to replicate your truffle experience after you’ve returned home? Make sure you stock up on fresh truffle while in Canberra. Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden will be hosting two Truffle Market Days where you can demystify the truffle at these full day events. Watch live cooking demonstrations, pick up local food and wine, and most importantly, fresh truffles.
The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region is partnering with Mercure Hotels – a match made in doggy heaven given their pet friendly accommodation options. Bring your loyal truffle-hunter wannabe along to Canberra for a short break and treat them to a Pampered Pet Package where they’ll have access to an enclosed garden, bedding and food bowl and complimentary gift to take home.
For a truffle experience you won’t forget, take part in a truffle safari. Stay a night at Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo & Aquarium, enjoy a tour of The Truffle Farm Canberra and feast upon a two course truffle-inspired lunch at Pialligo Estate including a glass of wine.
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