Truffle Kerfuffle 2016 – lineup announced


TRUFFLE KERFUFFLE SOUTHERN FORESTS FOOD FESTIVAL 2014 - CREDIT RICHARD JEFFERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 20140629-TK2014_Sunday_019 2Truffle Kerfuffle is a weekend long celebration of truffle season held in Manjimup, the heart of truffle country. A hands on and adventurous festival, guests can join truffle hunters to search out prized truffles, visit the marketplace for a taste of the region or get their truffle fix at exclusive dining events. With a host of local and national culinary talent attending the festival, guests can indulge in fireside cooking sessions in the Chef’s Cabin, catch free demonstrations and entertainment on the festival grounds and discover the farmers, producers, winemakers and community that make up the Southern Forests.

The festival features Sunday as its community day with discounted entry and free admission for under 16s; an experience for foodies of all ages. From its initial beginnings in 2011, Truffle Kerfuffle (a not for profit community event) has grown into a highlight of the Australian tourism calendar and is on the to-do list of many a traveller and gourmand.

This year’s festival will be held from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June at Fonty’s Pool in Manjimup, Western Australia.

Featured in the 2016 Truffle Kerfuffle lineup are: Duncan Welgemoed (Africola), James Viles (Biota Dining), Rebecca Sullivan (Warndu / Granny Skills), Paul Iskov (Fervor), Jesse Blake (Petition Kitchen) Kiren Mainwaring (Co-op Dining), Aaron Carr (Vasse Felix), Amy Hamilton (Liberte), Kenny McHardy (Manuka Woodfire Kitchen), David Coomer (Fuyu), Sophie Zalokar (Foragers) and Craig Kinder (Food Photographer).

TRUFFLE KERFUFFLE SOUTHERN FORESTS FOOD FESTIVAL 2013 - CREDIT F22 PHOTOGRAPHY - _I4R8882With a number of new dining events and the expansion of the offering within the festival grounds and marketplace, festival goers can build their own gourmet weekend like never before. The atmosphere is set to be hands on and adventurous. Truffle hunts will give guests the chance to join the hunters and their truffle dogs as they sniff out and unearth what is the third most expensive ingredient in the world. Of course there is also the opportunity to get your truffle fix by eating your way through the festival marketplace or pulling up a pew at one of the Chef’s Cabin or Truffle Stage sessions. One thing is for sure: there is a bounty of truffles, local food, wine, produce and good times on offer.

“Truffle Kerfuffle is all about an amazing product in a beautiful setting. I haven’t seen a lot of that side of Australia, so it’ll be nice to experience something different. Your whole food experience makes more sense when you can identify with where it’s from; it gives the food more value. I’ll be cooking hearty, tasty food cooked over an open fire. With truffles, simple is best. Truffle is a distinctive and delicious flavour on it’s own.”
Duncan Welgemoed, Africola

“I’ve never been a part of Truffle Kerfuffle and I’m really looking forward to getting to WA and working with the regions finest chefs. I’m also looking forward to learning more about the truffles of the region.”
James Viles, Biota Dining

TRUFFLE KERFUFFLE SOUTHERN FORESTS FOOD FESTIVAL 2013 - CREDIT F22 PHOTOGRAPHY - _MG_8706“This will be my fourth Truffle Kerfuffle. It is always an exciting adventure working with local producers. My food will focus on locally sourced seasonal dishes with fresh truffle, tied in with some great local wines. Eating locally is a matter of common sense. We have some incredible produce, producers, restaurants and chefs, in Western Australia and the only way to sustain these exciting times, is to support and keep on enjoying what we’ve got.”
Kiren Mainwaring, Co-op Dining

“This year we’ve worked hard to develop the elements of the festival that people love most whilst ensuring that there are memorable experiences at a variety of price points. The program shines a spotlight on the many wonderful aspects of the Southern Forests region; it’s people, beautiful forests and rich farming heritage. The chance to pair our chefs up to create amazing menus that celebrate truffles is just one part of a festival wide commitment to showcase Genuinely Southern Forests produce.”

“We’re excited by all our chefs involvement but it’s great to have figures like David Coomer and Sophie Zalokar returning, who’ve got such a connection to the region. David is for the first time showcasing his own trufferie. Truffle grower in the Southern Forests and on the pans at newly opened Fuyu in Perth. I don’t know where he gets the time.”
Max Brearley, Festival Director

“With a continuing relationship with our presenting partner, Genuinely Southern Forests, we’re excited for the future of Truffle Kerfuffle. We’re a small but much loved festival and feel lucky to have grown largely through word of mouth. It’s the local community that drives the festival; the truffle growers, the community, farmers and producers, local businesses and our partners. We have an outstanding program of events planned for both day trippers and weekenders. Sunday is our community day with free entry for kids and concessions.”
Jeremy Beissel, Festival President


Feast and Fire Opening Night Fri 24th June, Ticketed
Feast and Fire is the ultimate kick off to a weekend long celebration of the truffle season. Enjoy live music, local wines, and watch acclaimed chefs Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) and Paul Iskov (Fervor) cook you a feast over flames and coals. Take in the firelight atmosphere and enjoy a taste of Genuinely Southern Forests produce and truffles.

Truffle Hunters Breakfast Sat 25th June, Ticketed
Ask any truffle hunter about their favourite truffle dish and they’ll invite you for breakfast; truffles and eggs are a match made in truffle heaven. The inaugural Truffle Hunters Breakfast with Jesse Blake of Petition Kitchen (State Buildings) promises to be a lavish way to start your weekend. A chance to chat to some of our local truffle hunters. A showcase of freshly harvested truffles alongside local Genuinely Southern Forests produce and a glass or two of bubbles.

Harvest Banquet Sat 25th June, Ticketed
A sumptuous banquet feast of truffles and Genuinely Southern Forests produce. The Harvest Banquet is headed up by two of Western Australia’s rising stars, Amy Hamilton (Liberte) and Kenny McHardy (Manuka Woodfired Kitchen) who will take their cues from their passion for local food and good old-fashioned hospitality.

TRUFFLE KERFUFFLE SOUTHERN FORESTS FOOD FESTIVAL 2012 - CREDIT F22 PHOTOGRAPHY - _E9L5776From The Earth Truffle Degustation Sat 25th June, Ticketed
Kick off your heels and put on your boots for this most down to earth of fine dining experiences. A generous feast of freshly harvested truffles, local wines and Genuinely Southern Forests produce. At the helm of the kitchen are two of Australia’s most innovative chefs; James Viles, chef-owner of two-hatted Biota Dining (Bowral) and Kiren Mainwaring (Co-op Dining). They share a genuine commitment to sustainability and a respect for quality, locally sourced ingredients.

Chef’s Cabin Sat 25th and Sun 26th June, Ticketed
An intimate cooking experience by the warmth of the fire. Learn from the experts as you watch, touch and taste your way to new culinary skills. An informal learning environment, that includes tastings of food, truffles and wine and an opportunity to chat to our local and national guest chefs. Places are strictly limited.

Truffle Hunts Sat 25th and Sun 26th June, Ticketed
Meet the truffle dogs, the festival scene stealers. See them at work on the famed orchards of Manjimup. A rare chance to have a go at unearthing a truffle yourself and glimpse the mystery that surrounds this prized ingredient.

Truffle Tent Sat 25th and Sun 26th June, Free with Festival Entry Pass
Join Rebecca Sullivan (author) as she puts our chefs, truffle growers and farmers to work in cooking demonstrations that celebrate black truffles alongside seasonal Genuinely Southern Forests produce.

Stories of the Southern Forests Sat 25th and Sun 26th June, Free with Festival Entry Pass
Gather round for storytelling sessions about the people, place, community and produce that make the region so special.

The Marketplace Sat 25th and Sun 26th June, Free with Festival Entry Pass
Get your truffle fix by eating your way through the festival marketplace where there is a bounty of truffles, gourmet food (hot and cold), premium wine, cider and local produce on offer to eat straight away or enjoy at home.

The Shed Sat 25th and Sun 26th June, Ticketed / Free with Festival Entry Pass
An array of food and wine experiences including Wine Masterclasses with wine experts and local winemakers, Food Photography Workshops with acclaimed food photographer Craig Kinder and Kids Food Workshops.

Music, Entertainment and Truffle Dog Demos Sat 25th and Sun 26th June, Free with Festival Entry Pass

Priority tickets will be available to mailing list subscribers from 12pm Thursday 21st April, with the General ticket release on Saturday 23rd April. Subscribe to the mailing list on the Truffle Kerfuffle website or Facebook page.

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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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