Fes­ti­val of­fers more than food

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

WHILE black truf­fles, gourmet food and wine are stars of the 7th an­nual Truffle Ker­fuf­fle, it is the sup­port­ing cast of free en­ter­tain­ment that is ex­pected to draw big crowds this year.

Fonty’s Pool pro­vides the per­fect back­drop for the fes­ti­val and this year the iconic Archie’s Hut on the pool­side is be­ing re­stored in time to be used as a bev­er­age hut dur­ing the fes­ti­val week­end.

The fes­ti­val vil­lage will fea­ture a gourmet mar­ket­place, wine and cider bars, truffle work­shops, truffle dog demon­stra­tions, camp fire kitchens and cook­ing demon­stra­tions.

Guests will also have the chance to meet with truffle grow­ers, chef, wine mak­ers and farm­ers.

There will also be plenty of live mu­sic to keep crowds entertained, in­clud­ing lo­cal artists Zoe Del­laca, Steve Vi­dovich and Short and Curly.

Satur­day’s lineup in­cludes Joel Barker, Greg Bowls and Dan Howl.

Sun­day in­cludes Satur­day’s ac­tiv­i­ties with the ad­di­tion of a kids’ en­ter­tain­ment area with free ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing cook­ing classes, truffle sci­ence sta­tion, dog demon­stra­tions and a home grown pro­duce com­pe­ti­tion.

The home grown pro­duce con­test for kids and teenagers will be judged by River Cot­tage Aus­tralia’s Paul West.

The com­pe­ti­tion is open to all types of pro­duce in­clud­ing, fruit, veg­eta­bles, eggs and herbs.

Those who wish to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion should drop their en­try off in the fes­ti­val vil­lage by noon on June 25.

Mr West will judge the en­tries at 1pm.

A se­lec­tion of prizes will be on of­fer.

Artist and il­lus­tra­tor Gabriel Evans will also host a story time ses­sion.

En­try for chil­dren 15 and un­der is free all week­end but the fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties are only avail­able on Sun­day.

Chil­dren must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

Start by pur­chas­ing your Fes­ti­val Vil­lage ticket to get ac­cess to the heart of the fes­ti­val with plenty to do and taste all week­end.

You can then build on your ex­pe­ri­ence from there by adding on din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, truffle hunts, Chef's Cabin ses­sions and Wine Shed ses­sions.

Tick­ets to the Hun­ters Breakfast and South­ern For­est Bar­be­cue Lunch in­clude fes­ti­val en­try.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.truf­flek­er­fuf­fle.com.au.

Pic­ture: Jessica Wyld

The his­toric Fonty’s Pool pro­vides a beau­ti­ful set­ting for the Truffle Ker­fuf­fle.

Pic­ture: Jessica Shaver

For a unique ex­pe­ri­ence book a truffle hunt.

Pic­ture: Jessica Shaver

Food will be plen­ti­ful dur­ing the week­end.

Pic­ture: Sarah Hewer

There will op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn about truf­fles and other pro­duce.

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