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Saturday 13 April 2024

The Wild, the Innocent and the Margaret River truffle

Margaret River is one of Australia's pre-eminent wine regions, but it also wants to build a reputation for truffles.

Truffle hunting experiences will be available in the heart of the Margaret River region this winter - a first for the area.

The Margaret River Truffle Farm is offering experiences following the farm's truffle dogs, Alby and Taz, as they lead the way through rows of oak and hazelnut trees in search of the rare funghi.

The Margaret River Truffle Farm is a family-owned and -operated property, using farming techniques with minimal intervention to produce highly-prized black French truffles.

The owners have been working to get their farm ready for visits and truffle hunts, and will start offering these experiences this winter, Tourism Western Australia reports.

Go in style and Forage Safaris will include the farm's truffle hunting experiences in the tour itineraries for 2024 - with the goal of providing a bookable product in 2025.

Go In Style is offering Margaret River Truffle Tours in June, July and August - with one-hour or two-hour experiences available with truffle hunting, and the opportunity to taste truffle and the range of truffle-infused products.

The two-hour experience also includes premium tastings, such as truffle on soup, pate, and pizza.

Forage Safaris is offering a full-day food, farm and wine tour, featuring truffle hunting during the 2024 truffle season, from June to August.

Truffles have been growing near the towns of Manjimup and Pemberton in Western Australia's south west for decades, producing 70% of Australia's truffle supply.

Truffle hunts are also available at these truffieres through the months of June, July and August, at Australian Truffle Traders and Truffle Hill.

The Truffle Kerfuffle festival will, meanwhile, return to the town of Manjimup from June 28-30. Visitors can go truffle hunting, taste their way through the Festival Village, meet farmers and growers, discover local wine and produce, and indulge in truffle laden experiences with leading chefs.

Images: Rachel Claire 

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