Food and Wine

Where to get your truffle fix on the Treasure Trail

The truffle season is fast approaching and you know what that means – crisp winter days spent on truffle hunts, fantastic seasonal menus at local restaurants and the opportunity to learn how to cook using truffle yourself. If you’re a self-professed foodie, you won’t want to miss the truffle experiences on offer in the Quanbeyan-Palerang region this winter.

Join in on the fun

Rug up over winter and head out to the truffle farms of the Queanbeyan-Palerang region to join a truffle hunt in action. Keep in mind that truffle hunts always sell quickly, so you should get in quick to book your truffle experience.

Blue Frog Truffles

Blue Frog Truffles has been harvesting black truffles (Tuber melanosporum) since 2007. The farm is located just north of Canberra, close to the Federal Highway, and was established in 2003 with the planting of just over 2 hectares of oaks and hazelnut trees, and later increased with additional oaks to approximately 4.5 hectares. The farm’s owners, Wayne, Lanie and son Justin Haslam, harvest twice a week and conduct truffle hunts for groups and the general public on Sunday mornings during the season, from late June until mid August.

Blue Frog Truffles

Durran Durra Truffles

Durran Durra Truffles is a truffle farm near the heritage listed town of Braidwood, growing black winter truffles (Tuber melanosporum) and offering truffle hunts and tastings on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the winter months. The farm is set against the scenic backdrop of the Tallaganda Range and Mt Palerang, featuring the beautiful flora and fauna of the Southern Tablelands.

Durran Durra Truffles

L’Air du Wombat Truffles

L’Air du Wombat truffle farm was established in 2007  in the tiny town of Oallen on the banks of the Shoalhaven River. Their hunts begin at 10am every Saturday or 1pm on Sundays during winter, taking you through all there is to know about truffles, the farm and how they got started. The tours also include a variety of snacks containing truffle after the hunt.

L'Air du Wombat Truffles

Turalla Truffles

Turalla Truffles is located close to the town of Bungendore, just 30 minutes from Canberra near Lake George. Join Damian, his family and their pack of Jack Russell dogs for a Hunt then Lunch degustation adventure, where you’ll be guided through the process of finding truffles. After the hunt, you’ll get to enjoy Damian and Lindsay’s favourite truffle dishes, including plenty of truffle cooked in a variety of exciting ways.

Turalla Truffles

Get a taste of truffle

Truffles are known for their flavour enhancing abilities as well as their exotic taste and aroma. Indulge in the luxurious food experiences on offer in the region this truffle season.

Contentious Character

Contentious Character Winery are inviting everyone to celebrate their favourite time of the year, the truffle season, with events dedicated to the rare treat.

Bookings are essential and can be made on Contentious Character’s website – see details below.

Truffle Hunt Simulation Demonstration

Saturday 2nd, 9th & 16th July

Wayne and Gill from Blue Frog Truffles will tell you all about the elusive, delectable black truffle at Contentious Character Winery’s Truffle Hunt Simulation Demonstrations with a demonstration amongst the vines of how truffle dogs actually hunt truffles. There’ll also be a Q&A for all your truffling questions.

Annual Truffle Gala Dinner

Saturday 30th July

Go all in by joining Contentious Character’s Annual Truffle Gala Dinner on Saturday 30 July for a four-course dinner with paired wines. Wayne from Blue Frog Truffles will be there to talk you through this season’s ups and downs and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about these fascinating fungi.

Contentious Character Truffle Season


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