If you’ve been looking for the ultimate winter getaway, it’s only two weeks away. Manjimup’s Truffle Kerfuffle (running 23 – 24 June), now in its eighth year, is a weekend-long festival celebrating one of the world’s most luxurious ingredients: the black truffle. Set at the historic Fonty’s Pool, but spanning the region’s incredible forests and waterways, the program is packed full of tantalising events.
Just minutes from where these truffles are unearthed, enjoy a Festival Village full of local produce, wine and cider to taste, a chic glamping experience and countless satellite foodie events hosted by world-renowned chefs. From long table breakfasts to intimate, fireside feasts, here are 10 reasons to get yourself to Truffle Kerfuffle.
Go Truffle Hunting With Local Families (And Their Dogs)
While much of Truffle Kerfuffle’s allure might rest in its tempting satellite dining experiences, the opportunity to go truffle hunting is still the main draw. Head out with the Booth family and their gorgeous, highly trained dogs, to unearth fresh truffles on their family farm. The Booths are the owner-operators of Australian Truffle Traders, so they’re pretty full bottle when it comes to the international truffle trade. Or head out with Western Australian Chef and Truffle Grower David Coomer and his truffle hounds. Hunt for fresh truffles at his trufferie and farm among the forests before enjoying a light snack – championing the truffle, of course!
Camp Or Glamp Right Next To Fonty’s Pool
Fonty’s Pool is a historic freshwater swimming pool that was established by one of the region’s early immigrant farmers, Archimedes ‘Archie’ Fontanini in 1907, and first opened to the public in 1925. Today, the pool and its grounds are an iconic meeting place for the people of Manjimup and the broader Southern Forests Region, offering chalets, lodges and camping sites. Truffle Kerfuffle has been held at Fonty’s Pool since it started in 2011, so you can enjoy the indulgent weekend from your very own camping site right in the heart of the Festival Village. Or haul up in your Soul Camping bell tent in the Soul Camping Village right by Fonty’s Pool. It comes complete with coffee vouchers, fresh towels, a hot water bottle and a communal campfire.
Soak Up The Vibes At Festival Village
The vibrant hub of the Truffle Kerfuffle weekend, the Festival Village, is set alongside the idyllic Fonty’s Pool and it's your go-to place to taste your way around the Southern Forests region. Explore the regional marketplace, tasting wines, fresh produce and (obviously) fresh truffle. It’s the place to smell, taste, buy and learn about all things truffle, plus there’ll be live music, truffle dogs galore and bocce. Nice!
Enjoy Truffle-Laden Long Table Breakfasts
To kick things off, you’ll want to be getting yourself to one or both of Truffle Kerfuffle’s amazing chef-cooked long table breakfasts. Start Saturday right with a four-course Hunter’s Breakfast from Bread in Common’s Scott Brannigan, who’ll be bringing you a menu brimming with the very best regional produce, with a pinch of fresh truffle on top. Then roll into Sunday with a luxurious brunch from Shadow Wine Bar’s Sue Hutchins. There'll be plenty of sparkling, you can bet.
Gather Around The Kitchen Bench With World-Class Culinary Talent
For the passionate foodies among us, Truffle Kerfuffle’s Chef’s Cabin Series is limited to 20 attendees and provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most renowned chefs. Gather around the kitchen bench with London’s Marianne Lumb, Australian legend Mark Best or the Michelin award-winning Bruno Loubet. Fireside at the Chef’s Cabin with a glass of wine in hand, watch in awe as these chefs prepare dishes that showcase the local black truffle using quality techniques that you can replicate at home. Oh, and enjoy a taste of each dish, of course.
Revel In The Most Down To Earth Of Wine Tastings
Pemberton and Manjimup both produce some excellent wines, but you could be forgiven for not knowing a thing about it. Lucky for us, Rachel Niall (founder of much-loved wine bar, Budburst) has tasted her way around the region to find the very best of the best, and she’s going to be guiding tastings at Truffle Kerfuffle’s Shed Wine Sessions. Informal but in-depth, this is perfect for those who love wine without the pretention!.
Have A Unique Farm Shed Dining Experience With Fervor
Paul Iskov has been taking his pop-up dining experience ‘Fervor’ all over the state, from the far reaches of the Kimberley to the caves and islands of the South West. Now, he brings a Fervor Dinner and Masterclass to Truffle Kerfuffle, an intimate farm shed three-course dinner harnessing locally sourced produce and (you guessed it) fresh Manjimup truffles!
Join A Dinner of Dark Delights With Chef George Cooper
Chef George Cooper is renowned for his private dining experiences in the Margaret River region, called Food by the Chef, and now you can add some extra indulgence to your Truffle Kerfuffle weekend by joining his Dinner of Dark Delights. Think all things truffle, chocolate, coffee and red wine combining to create an absolute feast for the senses.
Explore The Southern Forests On A Guided Eco-Adventure
In between all the food you’ll be eating, round out your winter getaway with a tour of the beautiful Southern Forests region. Explore majestic Karri, Jarrah and Tingle forests teeming with life and activity, not to mention lush waterways and a woolly winter coastline with Pemberton Discovery Tours.
Rock To Fireside Tunes At The Truffle Kerfuffle Closing Party
The perfect way to unwind and reflect on the heavenly weekend you’ve had, the Truffle Kerfuffle Closing Party will see you fireside, listening to live music, with a plate of hearty, rustic food and a glass of something local.
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