Truffle Kerfuffle is a weekend long celebration of truffle season in the heart of truffle country. A hands on and adventurous festival, guests can join truffle hunters to search out prized truffles, visit the marketplace for a taste of the region or get their truffle fix at exclusive dining events. With a host of local and national culinary talent attending the festival, guests can indulge in fireside cooking sessions in the Chef’s Cabin, catch free demonstrations and entertainment on the festival grounds and discover the farmers, producers, winemakers and community that make up the Southern Forests. Or of course they can simply soak up the laid back atmosphere.
The festival features Sunday as its community day with discounted entry and free admission for under 18s; an experience for foodies of all ages. From its initial beginnings in 2011, Truffle Kerfuffle (a not for profit community event) has grown into a highlight of the Australian tourism calendar and is on the to-do list of many a traveller and gourmand.
The black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) is the third most expensive food in the world. Prized for its rarity and beguiling aroma, more than 70 per cent of premium black truffles produced in Australia come from the Southern Forests. As the largest producer in the southern hemisphere the region has secured its place on the global culinary map.
The festival is proud to partner with Genuinely Southern Forests to ensure that we use local produce throughout the festival. Our rich farming heritage, crisp air and fertile soils provide an outstanding array of produce including truffles, wine, marron, beef, dairy, pork, lamb and over 50 types of fruit, vegetables and nuts.
Manjimup, Southern Forests, as the region emerges as a must see destination, visitors have a raft of experiences on offer. From exploration of the Karri forests by horse, riverboat, tree top walk, camping, caravanning and hiking, to culinary experiences such as truffle hunts, cooking classes, wine tasting, luxury accommodation and retreats.
For accommodation, Southern Forests is a scenic 3.5-hour drive from Perth or 90 minutes from Margaret River. The undulating landscape features historic Karri forests, rivers and farmland. There are luxury and budget accommodation options available in Manjimup and surrounding towns of Pemberton, Northcliffe, Bridgetown and Nannup and Margaret River.
Truffle Kerfuffle takes place at Fonty’s Pool amidst the vibrant horticultural neighbourhood of Seven Days Road. The pool is the legacy of Italian Archimedes Fontanini MBE who landed in Fremantle in 1904 with just 12s.6p ($1.25) in his pocket. His family set up farm at a time when the trip to Bridgetown for supplies took three days by horse and cart. What began as a stream fed dam for his children to swim in, became so popular locally that he rebuilt it and opened to the public in 1925. Nearly an acre in size, the pool has a winter flow rate of 44,000 litres per hour. Fonty’s Pool is now owned and managed by Jeremy and Kelly Beissel and their young family, who with assistance of National Trust of Australia and encouragement of the Fontanini family took on task of restoring it to it’s former glory.