Food and Wine

Where to get your truffle fix on the Treasure Trail

The 2021 truffle season is on, 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

The Blue Frog Truffle Farm 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 Blue Frog Farm owners, Wayne, Lanie and son Justin Haslam harvest twice a week and conduct truffle hunts during the season on Sunday for groups and the for the general public, 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 throughout the winter months. The farm features flora and fauna of the Southern Tablelands of NSW and the property features scenic beauty set against the backdrop of the Tallaganda Range and Mt Palerang.

Durran Durra Truffles

L’Air du Wombat Truffles

L’Air du Wombat truffle farm was established in 2007. Take part in one of their truffle hunts, or relax on a weekend getaway in self-contained accommodation away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. L’Air du Wombat truffle farm is located in the tiny town of Oallen on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, 2.5 hours from Sydney, 1 hour from Goulburn, Nowra or Braidwood and 1.5 hours from Canberra.

L'Air du Wombat Truffles

Turalla Truffles

Turalla Truffles are located close to the town of Bungendore, just 30 minutes from Canberra near Lake George.

Please note, the 2021 truffle hunts at Turalla Truffles are sold out, but make sure you get in quick next truffle season to join owner Damian and his family and dogs for a truffle hunt and cooking experience in search of the wondrous black truffle.

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 Dog Hunt & Lunch

Saturday 19 June, 26 June or 3 July

Contentious Character are hosting a Truffle Dog Hunt n Lunch, where you’ll get a glimpse into a real hunt with a Truffle Dog Hunt demonstration. Afterwards, they’ll be serving pumpkin ravioli with sage butter and truffle, chicken breast with chestnut mushroom and truffle cream sauce and truffle-infused chocolate mousse. Take the option to add on paired wines and you’re in for a real treat of a day.

Annual Truffle Gala Dinner

Saturday 31 July

Go all in by joining Contentious Character’s Annual Truffle Gala Dinner on Saturday 31 July for a five-course dinner with paired wines. The mood will be set with classical music and there’ll also be a truffle talk so you can ask everything you’ve ever wanted to know about these fascinating fungi.

Contentious Character Truffle Season

Le Tres Bon

The truffle season has opened at Le Tres Bon in Bungendore with their new winter menu which includes all the heartwarming French winter classics. Their new truffle menu is available on Thursday dinner, Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch.

The French restaurant are also hosting multiple events throughout the season in celebration of the mighty truffle. Bookings are essential and can be made on Le Tres Bon’s website – see details below.

Truffle Cooking Class & Lunch

Saturday 19 June, 3 July, 17 July

Le Tres Bon are offering their hands on cooking classes throughout the winter – and these classes are all about truffles.

Starting at 10.30am with tea or coffee on arrival, the cooking classes take you through an informative presentation about the history of black French truffles, how they grow and how they can be used and conserved. Learn how to cook using fresh truffles and indulge in a two-course truffle lunch with a glass of matching French wine.

Choose from three different options – Cappuccino with fresh truffle and chestnuts on June 19th; Chicken Watazooi and fresh truffle on July 3rd; or Snow eggs, meringue floating islands and fresh truffle on July 17th.

Truffle Soirée

Friday 25 June, 9 July

Indulge in a Truffle Soirée by Le Tres Bon chef Christophe Gregoire with French champagne and French wine on Friday June 25th or July 9th. Both evenings have individual menus on offer, so take a look at their website for more information and treat yourself to a night of fun-gi.

Will your business be celebrating the truffle season this winter? Let us know at tourism@qprc.nsw.gov.au and make sure to list your event on ATDW.

Le Tres Bon Truffle Season

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