From June to August, serious foodies are treated to a palette of experiences at the Melbourne Truffle Festival. From indulgent truffle banquets to thrilling truffle hunts, from fascinating truffle tales around the world to exciting truffle parties, there is definitely something here for all tastes.
Here's a sneak peak of what's on.
Caulfield Racecourse becomes a truffle wonderland on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July with the biggest collection of French black truffles that you'll ever see. A complimentary fresh truffle sample on arrival will ignite your appetite. Then indulge in a selection of Chef Philippe's unique truffle dishes.
Keen cooks can take advantage of fantastic demonstrations on how to prepare truffles in your kitchen as well as creative truffle and food combinations. With four demonstrations each day, I'm sure you'll be inspired to produce a delicious truffle dish.
In addition, you will get the opportunity to purchase truffles and truffled artisan produce like cheese, charcuterie, pasta and even ice cream. And that's not all! A Champagne, Caviar & Truffles Bar, mock truffle dog hunts, banquets and feasts will keep visitors busy throughout the weekend.
Manu Feildel will be revealing his truffle secrets, Guy Grossi will be sharing his truffle salami recipe and hear interesting tales from pro truffle hunters. Discover the best wine and beer matches, cheese accompaniments and even ways to grow your own truffles.
Of course, there's much more to come so be on the lookout for more exciting events.
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Join in an exciting hunt from Saturday 21 June. Four participating boutique truffle growers will be offering you the unique opportunity to go on the ultimate truffle hunt. Anticipate a thrilling experience as you follow the intelligent truffle dogs on this magnificent treasure hunt.
Oakhill Truffles is one of the most beautiful truffieres in Australia. As a member of the Secret Truffle Society, you can be sure to experience a brilliant truffle hunting session. Click here to make your booking.
These truffieres are all less than 90 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. So you can easily join a hunt on a day trip. Just bring your gumboots and let the hunt begin.
Of course, there is plenty to experience at the festival.
Truffle festivities begin on Wednesday 18 June at Bistro Vue. Three incredible French chefs - Shannon Bennett, Philippe Mouchel and Manu Feildel, gather to celebrate the truffle season by creating their signature truffle dishes. With each chef offering two courses, you wouldn't want to miss this event.
Other truffle feasting opportunities include Manu Feildel's Le Grand Cirque on Wednesday 2 July, La Dolce Vita Banquet by Guy Grossi on Friday 11 July, Manu's Ladies Lunch Banquet on Sunday 13 July, and plenty of others.
This is only a sneak peak of what's to come at the festival. So head to the Melbourne Truffle Festival website, take a look at the truffle happenings, check out the menus and start buying those tickets! The full program is yet to come, so keep your eyes peeled.