Did you know all the truffles served during The Truffle Festival, Canberra & Capital Region, are grown locally?
Head down to your local farmers markets to meet with the truffle growers! You’ll have the opportunity to look at, smell and learn how to cook truffles (and maybe even manage a taste!). You can buy truffle to take home to create your own gourmet feast, or even shave some black truffle on your scrambled eggs for a decadent breakfast! Do remember that truffles have a short shelf life and many of these venues are only open late in the week and weekend. If you are planning a special dinner party you may need to reserve your purchase a week ahead.
Check out the fabulous range of events on offer at each of Canberra’s local farmers markets.
Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets are open Thursday to Sunday 8.00am to 5.30pm. You’ll be able to buy fresh truffles and truffle products at 3Seeds Cooking School and Store, Mart Deli, Wiffens and Deli Planet. All the venues will take orders in advance or you can buy fresh on the day from the experienced staff. The markets are selling exclusively French Black Truffles of Canberra truffles, and all are First Grade. See more information here, or go to the Fyshwick Market website.
Belconnen Fresh Food Markets are open Wednesday to Sunday 8.00am to 6.00pm. You’ll be able to buy fresh truffles and truffle products at Cooking Coordinates and Deli Cravings. These venues will take orders in advance or you can buy fresh on the day. There are also a huge range of events including:
- Presentations from local growers to learn all about truffle
- Truffle Festival in the Piazza (5 July) with truffle presentations, cooking demonstrations and live music
- Kids’n’Truffles (13 July), a special day dedicated to kids and celebrating truffles
- Christmas in July (19 July), just another excuse to celebrate a time of giving and indulging!
The Canberra Region Farmer’s Market at EPIC (our showground precinct) opens early each Saturday morning, with various truffle growers setting up stall from 8.00am and the market closing at 11.00am. The truffles can be examined and you can smell them to make sure they’re strong and ready. If needed the growers will cut off a lump or slice to order. You may have to take a slightly bigger or smaller piece that way, but the scales are all accurate and the sellers will give you some options. Talk to the growers, ask their advice. They’ll explain the different grades and point out truffles that might be less pretty but have better aroma. We’ve seen lots of people buy a small piece and come back next week for a bigger one when they know how much to use. See here for more information, or go to the Farmers Market website.