Calling all truffle lovers! The truffle season will commence in June and the shortest distance to travel to truffle hunt is in Canberra. The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region is just weeks away from opening! To die for dinners, live and local truffle hunts with helpful hounds, or cooking classes will turn your winter into truffle shuffle. And that’s just the start of it! This annual event will have something for every taste, tastebud and budget. Even the kids will love it!
To kick off the season, a live truffle hunt with growers and their dogs is a must. Spend a weekend or just a day hunting, searching, sniffing and collecting. The whole family will love it! Hunts are available at Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines (Bredbo), Turalla Truffles (Bungendore), Tarago Truffles (Tarago) and Blue Frog Truffles (Sutton). Hunts will take place most weekends during winter and involve extras like lunches, tastings and cooking demonstrations.
Basic Truffle 101
So What Is a Truffle?
Truffles are a kind of subterranean fungi, meaning they are a mushroom that grows underground. Truffles are still hunted by pigs, which is the traditional way to find them, but these days more and more dogs are being recruited for the job as they can be trained to not eat the little prizes.
What Kinds of Truffles Are There?
There are two kinds of truffles that are most popular in the cooking world: black and white truffles.
Black truffle is a variety that was originally found in the Périgord region of southwest France. The black truffle is commonly used in all sorts of dishes, such as foie gras and soups. It is also turned into a luscious oil that can be drizzled over almost anything to enhance its
White truffle is an Italian mushroom. This variety was originally found in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, in the countryside around Alba. They are used in a variety of dishes, such as risotto and seafood and can be turned into flavoured oil just like their French counterparts.
What Do Truffles Taste Like?
While all truffles have an earthy flavour, each kind has its own distinct taste and fragrance; white truffles have a creamier taste, while black truffles are known for their woody notes. If you are interested in experimenting with truffles, you should consider picking up a bottle of truffle oil. There is nothing quite like the taste of a truffle, and even a light dab of truffle oil can give a dish a new tastebud.
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Check out Truffles Festival in Canberra between June and August!