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Friday, 3 June 2022

New festival replaces canned Truffle Kerfuffle



Calling all gourmets in Western Australia.

Truffle Kerfuffle may have been kicked into touch for 2022, but it has been replaced by the new Manjimup Truffle and Wine Festival, to be held from June 24-26.

The new event will showcase local producers and makers with truffle tours, gourmet degustation dinners, dog-led truffle hunts, farm visits, wine tastings, entertainment and wine masterclasses.

Events will be held across the Manjimup and Pemberton regions at venues including Truffle Hill Wines, Hidden River Estate, Ampersand Estates, Tall Timbers Manjimup, Pemberley of Pemberton, Stonebarn Estate and more.

Chefs on hand will include TV personalities Alistair McLeod and Laura Sharrad.

The event is supported by the Manjimup and Pemberton Chambers of Commerce, Southern Forest Food Council, Shire of Manjimup and Tourism WA.

It comes after the annual Truffle Kerfuffle, which has been held since 2011, was cancelled this year with organisers saying in April: "Lasting impacts of the pandemic have undermined the 2022 festival’s ticket sales and the availability of a skilled regional workforce that is necessary to put on the event. To maintain the high standard Truffle Kerfuffle is known for, the board has decided to cancel the 2022 event and to focus efforts on delivering the festival in 2023 and 2024."

But some locals refused to give up.

“We wanted to be sure the annual truffle season was marked in some way, given the Shire of Manjimup is the largest producer of black truffles in the southern hemisphere, so we will be opening our farm and truffle restaurant for the whole weekend to celebrate,” Truffle Hill wine director Stuart Hutchinson said.

“There are more than 60 local truffières and they provide 95% of Australia’s production, so it’s important we continue to highlight what’s on offer.

“Demand for high-quality, high-value food and beverage products is increasing, with many consumers now seeking out specialised products and experiences – and the Shire of Manjimup has those in spades.”

Manjimup Gateway Hotel is hosting several truffle-related events with some already sold out.

For more information and details of confirmed events, visit www.manjimuptruffleandwinefestival.com.au

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