If you’re a fan of MKR you’ll be aware of truffles – the highly prized “diamonds of the kitchen” grown in Tasmania by recent contestants Henry and Anna, and used to add a delicious aroma and heavenly flavour to some of their dishes during the competition.
The good news for foodies is that black truffles are also grown a little closer to home in Canberra and the southern NSW region, and celebrated annually in the winter Truffle Festival, which runs from June to August during the (too short) truffle season.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, this ultimate foodie festival pairs the delectable gastronomic gems with locally grown fresh produce and fine wines, serving up a true feast for the senses.
If you’ve never tasted or cooked with truffles but have always wanted to, the Truffle Festival offers cooking classes and demos, plus you can watch the amazing truffles dogs hunt for and unearth what is one of the most expensive edible mushrooms in the world, averaging around $1500 per kilo. Luckily, a little goes a long way, with less than a gram of truffle providing an intense flavour boost.
Canberra’s top restaurants, cafes and bars also join in the celebrations, creating spectacular dishes with the highly aromatic gourmet ingredient that is sure to be a surprise for your tastebuds. Expand your culinary horizons by trying Truffle Brie, Truffle Pizza, Truffle Creme Brûlée and even Truffle-flavoured beer.
If your appetite has been whetted, start planning your visit now. And instead of taking the car, travelling to Canberra by train is easy and relaxing. Watch the countryside glide by on a leisurely trip on the Canberra XPLORER, a direct service three times a day from Sydney’s Central Station via the Southern Highlands, Goulburn, Bungendore and skirting the valleys of the Southern Tablelands near Lake George, before arriving in Canberra’s Kingston railway station.
Where: Various locations around Sydney Metropolitan area
Dates: May 25 – June 16
Getting there: To view Canberra XPLORER timetables, fares and to make a booking click here
More info: https://trufflefestival.com.au/
Plan your next trip
There are several ways to help you plan your trip to the festival. These handy travel apps are available for both iPhone and Android smartphones. Each uses real-time data to give you up to the minute travel information at your fingertips.
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