Fam­ily fo­cus for food cel­e­bra­tion

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport -

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.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

River Cot­tage pre­sen­ter and chef Paul West was a crowd favourite last year.

Pic­ture: Jes­sica Shaver Pho­tog­ra­phy

Truf­fle hunts will be a ma­jor draw­card at this year's event.

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