East Coast Wine Trail

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Saturday, 6 May 2023

Star chefs head Truffle Kerfuffle line-up



Star chefs Colin Fassnidge, Analiese Gregory, Tony Howell and Jake Kellie are among the major drawcards for this year's Truffle Kerfuffle festival in West Australia.

The event will run from June 23-25 at Fonty's Pool, Manjimup, and tickets go on sale on Monday.

Organisers are promising a "decadent weekend festival with exquisite dining events, masterclasses, truffle hunts, markets and more".

The event is held in the most prolific truffle growing region in the southern hemisphere.

Irish-born Colin Fassnidge (above) trained under French chef Raymond Blanc, has helmed several top restaurants and is now a familiar face on TV cooking shows.

I first tasted his food decades ago when he was cooking in a tiny kitchen in Rozelle at Le Grande Bouffe - and was a star in the making.
 
“I'm so happy to be attending the Truffle Kerfuffle event this year," he said. "The produce is exceptional and it's a great region with great people.

"I jumped at the chance to come this year as I use the produce and it's been way too long between visits! I'm looking forward to bringing people together with some great food.”

Fassnidge will create a multi-course dinner centred on freshly harvested black truffles and other Southern Forests produce. He will also run a Chef’s Cabin masterclass, and do a cooking demonstration on the Festival Village Stage.


Gregory, the former executive chef of Franklin in Hobart, returns to Truffle Kerfuffle.

“In 2021 when I was last at the festival, I really loved the ability to let my mind run wild in terms of cooking with truffles. It’s not often you have such a free rein to combine them in such copious quantities with other produce,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to pushing the boundaries of that again in a new menu and looking forward to cooking with Melissa Palinkas and to again be among the beauty of the region.”

For full details of the events see www.trufflekeruffle.com.au

Tickets are on sale from Monday via Moshtix

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