This winter, the Truffle Festival – Canberra Region is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a range of truffle hunts, cooking classes and special events happening throughout the region from June to August.
The festival will kick off at the official launch on Friday 15 June at the East Hotel, Kingston.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will be joined by truffle growers, chefs, organisers and industry professionals in launching the 10th festival.
Since 2008, the Truffle Festival – Canberra Region has celebrated the best in artisan agriculture in a truly unique food tourism event. The festival brings together the agriculture, hospitality and tourism industries to showcase seasonality and care for the prized high value black truffle.
Canberra is one of only a handful of cities in the world that can access the freshest black truffle, straight from the source, so close to their city doorstep.
Demand for high-quality, high-value food and beverage products is increasing, with many consumers now seeking out specialised products and experiences with a strong story of provenance.
Research shows that 93 percent of travellers now seek unique and memorable food and drink experiences (2016 Food Travel Monitor). Tourists spent more than $21 billion on food, wine and brewery experiences across Australia in 2016 (Tourism Research Australia). Food and wine now accounts for one in every five dollars spent by international tourists in Australia (Tourism Australia).
From humble beginnings, the Truffle Festival – Canberra Region has grown to an annual celebration of not just truffle, but the Canberra region as a whole. The festival showcases the region’s delicious food and wine experiences that are the perfect cold-weather indulgence.
The festival was the brainchild of Wayne Haslam (Blue Frog Truffles) and Fred Harden (ThinkTag Creative). The aim of the festival is to create a market for local growers to educate chefs and the public about how truffle (particularly locally grown Périgord truffle) can be cooked and enjoyed.
The festival is managed by The Truffle Festival- Canberra Region Association; a group of dedicated truffle growers, who go above and beyond to keep this magical festival alive each year.
The Truffle Festival committee would like to acknowledge the support received through the ACT Event Fund, which is managed by Events ACT.