News: Truffle Kerfuffle to Return on 23 – 25 June 2023

Truffle Kerfuffle

After being cancelled in 2022 due to the pandemic, Truffle Kerfuffle has been confirmed to return on 23 to 25 June 2023 in Manjimup, the heart of Australian truffle country.

Manjimup, in Western Australia’s Southern Forests, is the most prolific truffle growing region in the Southern Hemisphere, producing about 85 per cent of all black truffles grown in Australia and fetching prices of up to $3,000 per kilogram. As the largest producer in the southern hemisphere, the region has secured its place on the global culinary map. Truffle season is short, usually from June to August.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism Roger Cook welcomed the return of Truffle Kerfuffle and said it was a key event in the gourmet food calendar. “This event not only highlights the world-class nature of Manjimup’s own truffles, but also brings thousands of visitors to the region and provides a fantastic base to explore Australia’s South West,” he said.

Truffle Kerfuffle is a celebration of Manjimup’s “black gold”, sought-after by chefs across the globe for their consistent high quality, impossible-to-describe taste and unmistakable heady, earthy aroma. With truffles at the centre of the weekend festival along with the region’s prized produce from apples to potatoes and 50 other kinds of fruit and vegetable, Truffle Kerfuffle is the ultimate winter escape for food lovers.

Truffle Kerfuffle

Imagine candle lit long table feasts, decadent dishes laden with freshly harvested black truffle, intimate fireside cooking masterclasses with acclaimed chefs, truffle dog demonstrations and truffle hunts in orchards, an undercover marketplace brimming with locally grown produce and delicious morsels, wine sessions and spirit tastings, free cooking demonstrations and more.

Around the fire is a place to meet and mingle with farmers, chefs, winemakers, and friendly locals who make up the Southern Forests community.

Chef and food writer Sophie Zalokar, a name synonymous with the Southern Forests, has been appointed as Project Manager for Truffle Kerfuffle. Her role will focus on event planning, theming and talent management.

Sophie helped place the Southern Forests on the culinary map with her farm to plate cooking school and restaurant Foragers, where she lived with her family from 2011 to 2019. A champion for the region’s farmers, Foragers introduced visitors the bounty of exceptional locally grown produce.  She has published two books, her second Food of the Southern Forests contains stories of 40 producers and recipes developed from their produce.

Ms Zalokar said the region’s truffles were revered around the world and there’s much to celebrate. “The Southern Forests region’s soils and climate and its successful and hard-working truffle growers produce first class truffles. A truly unique gastronomic treasure and highlight of feasting during the winter season in Western Australia,” said Ms Zalokar. “I’m excited about my new role which includes providing creative direction, curating the talent selection and working collaboratively with chefs, growers and the community.”

From its initial beginnings in 2011, Truffle Kerfuffle (a not-for-profit community event) has grown into a highlight on the Australian tourism calendar and is on the to-do list of many a traveller and gourmand.

Truffle Kerfuffle is proudly supported by the Western Australian State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, Fonty’s Pool and the Shire of Manjimup. The Southern Forests region is a scenic 3.5-hour drive from Perth or 90 minutes from Margaret River.

Date: 23 – 25 June 2023
Location: Fonty’s Pool, Manjimup, Western Australia

(Images : Sophie Zalokar : Truffle Kerfuffle, remainder by Morsels)

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Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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