South Western Times

Kerfuffle hits 10-year mark

- JOSH SUNDERLAND

South West residents will soon be asking for truffle as one of Manjimup’s most prestigiou­s annual events makes its return with a starstudde­d line-up.

The 10th anniversar­y of the Truffle Kerfuffle festival will be held on June 25 after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a huge line-up of culinary talent to celebrate the region’s worldfamou­s delicacy.

Spearheadi­ng the list of awardwinni­ng chefs is French-born Guillaume Brahimi, who ran his restaurant Guillaume at Bennelong in Sydney from 2001-2013, receiving internatio­nal recognitio­n and winning multiple accolades.

Others in the line-up include Analiese Gregory, Aaron Carr, Tony Howell, Kenny McHardy, Brendon Pratt, Paul Iskov, David Coomer, Sue Lewis and Sophie Budd, with Emma Farrelly curating the wine program.

Brahimi, pictured, said he was looking forward to the three-day festival, where he will host a long-table feast featuring Southern Forests produce, wine and fresh black truffles.

“What better way to spend a winter weekend than celebratin­g and hunting for world-class Australian black truffles?” he said.

Festival president Jeremy Beissel said this year’s Truffle Kerfuffle could not come quickly enough.

“It will be two years since we’ve been able to rug up and mingle around the firepit, indulge in longtable feasts in good company, surrounded by great food and the unmistakea­ble mouthwater­ing smell of fresh truffles,” he said.

The festival will be held at Fonty’s Pool in Manjimup from June 25-27.

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Picture: Jessica Wyld
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Chef Analiese Gregory.

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