Family focus for food celebration
THE annual Truffle Kerfuffle is returning to Manjimup from June 22-24 with plenty on offer for the whole family.
Held at its usual venue at Fonty’s Pool, the event will highlight Southern Forests’ produce through various ticketed events, cooking demonstrations, truffle hunts and the numerous and various stall holders.
Highlights at this year’s event will include the Chef Cabin series, including chefs such as the UK’s Marianne Lumb and Bruno Loubet, Australia’s Mark Best and other events such as truffle hunts, the sold out Guy Grossi Feast and Fire opening night long table dinner and a seasonal truffle dinner at Foragers Field Kitchen and Cooking School with Sophie Zalokar.
Other events will include The Shed wine sessions with Rachael Niall, Scott Brannigan’s Hunter’s Breakfast, Sue Hutchins’ Sunday Brunch and the sold out Sam Aisbett event, A Winter’s Night.
Mr Grossi said he was looking forward to coming to Manjimup and being in “the heart” of Australian truffle country.
“The truffles produced in the Southern Forests region are exceptional,” he said.
“For me, the unique aroma of truffles makes me think of warming and comforting dishes.
“It will be an amazing experience to be so close to freshly unearthed truffles – something that I know my team and those attending Truffle Kerfuffle will love.”
While there will be lots on for adults, there will also be plenty for children at the Truffle Kerfuffle on Saturday and Sunday.
Activities include a drawing station, a Truffle Tent Experience, Truffle and Science – where children will be about to look at a truffle through a microscope and learn about the science behind truffles – and a Kids Cooking School with Sophie Budd.
Entry into the cooking school will be free with festival entry but children need to put their name down on arrival for the time slot they want.
There will be an 11am slot for children 12-16, a 12.30pm session for children 6-12, a 2pm slot for 6-12 and a 3.30pm slot for “little ones”.
It is a hands-on class and a parent will be required to attend.
Sophie Budd said the cooking school would be a lot of fun.
“We’ll be making a mess and then I’ll be teaching how to clean up also,” she said.
“I think it’s important for children to learn where food comes from and to know how to cook using original ingredients.
“Truffle Kerfuffle is a really great event and I love all the winter warming food and produce that comes from the area – everything grown in the Southern Forests goes well on a plate together.”
Truffle Kerfuffle organisers are still looking for volunteers for this year’s event.
From kitchen hands to bar staff, heavy lifters, hazelnut roasting and more, there are jobs to suit all manner of people.
In addition to a weekend pass into the event, volunteers who volunteer for 16 hours or more also get one ticket to the closing party.
Visit www.trufflekerfuffle.com.au for ticketing information and links for people who want to volunteer.
Guy Grossi will return to the Truffle Kerfuffle this year as part of the star-studded line up.
River Cottage presenter and chef Paul West was a crowd favourite last year.
Truffle hunts will be a major drawcard at this year's event.