Winter is the perfect time to look for truffles.
With the cold Melbourne nights and heavy rainfall, truffles are expected to ripen well this year. Whether you’re a truffle connoisseur or someone who wants to know what all the fuss is about with these brown, knobbly things, there’s plenty to do in Victoria to find the best truffle experiences. From eating the truffle to harvesting it yourself, here are the best truffle experiences in Victoria.
1. Enjoy all things truffle at Queen Vic Market’s Truffle Melbourne Festival
Visit Queen Victoria Market on Saturday July 10 and Sunday July 11 for the Truffle Melbourne Festival. Purchase fresh truffle from traders and enjoy some delicious truffle dishes, including truffle toasties, truffle pies, truffle fries and more! Listen to chefs share their truffle secrets, watch dogs show off their terrific truffle hunting skills and sip on some unique cocktails.
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2. Enjoy a five course meal at Taxi Kitchen’s Truffle Dinner
Head to Taxi Kitchen inside the Transport Hotel for an excellent dining experience. Executive chef Tony Twitchett and Truffle Melbourne have come together to prepare five earthy courses for you to enjoy. Start the night with a truffle cappuccino, nibble on some truffle sourdough with rabbit and enjoy your main course with truffle butter. Then, finish the night with an indulgent dessert. Each meal is paired with a drink to keep you buzzing. Truffle dogs will also make a guest appearance.
This event will take place on Wednesday July 7. Click here to learn more.
3. Take part in the Truffle Celebration at Prahran Market
If you miss out on Queen Vic Market’s truffle festival, don’t worry! There’s a second chance to celebrate all things truffle at Prahran Market. Go on an exclusive, ticketed Truffle Trail around the market, where you’ll get to taste different truffle dishes from traders. Or, watch live cooking demonstrations from experienced chefs.
Join the Truffle Celebration on Saturday July 24. Visit the website for more details.
4. Take part in the Truffle Fiesta at Bomba
On Sunday July 25, Bomba Tapas Bar & Rooftop are throwing a Truffle Fiesta. Book a seat and enjoy some fabulous dishes. Savour the roast hapuka with truffle and Jerusalem artichoke, or try charcoal grilled spatchcock with truffle. Then, have chocolate and hazelnut parfait with black truffle for an indulgent dessert.
Bookings are extremely limited. Make a reservation here.
5. Watch The Truffle Hunters at ACMI
Be transported to the forests of Northwest Italy to see old men and their dogs hunt for truffles. This film premiered at Sundance in 2020 and was shortlisted for 2021 Academy Award for Best Documentary. ACMI is showing this documentary from July 9 to 19.
Click here to book your tickets.
6. Go truffle hunting with Willow the dog at Gembrook Truffles
Drive about an hour from the CBD to Gembrook Truffles, a truffle farm in the Dandenong Ranges. There, you’ll go truffle hunting and learn more about the growing process. You’ll be accompanied by Willow, a truffle hunter and a very good girl! After the hunt, get cosy in the Truffle Den for some tea and a taste of the truffle you found.
Read more about Gembrook Truffles here.
7. Escape to Red Hill Truffles in the Mornington Peninsula
Join Jenny and her chief truffle dog Thomas as they look for black truffles. Look for truffles under hazelnut and oak trees, buried in rich volcanic soil. At Red Hill, there are different experiences on offer. Go hunting and have some brunch, or follow the hunt with a two course lunch. On limited dates in winter, you can also enjoy an eight course degustation lunch or dinner prepared by Michelin Star chef Romuald Oudeyer.Click here to see the different kinds of experiences.
8. Go on a Complete Truffle Indulgence at Truffle Treasures
If you’d rather head west of Melbourne instead of east, visit Truffle Treasures in Daylesford. Join them on a Complete Truffle Indulgence tour by going truffle hunting, followed by a spectacular 5 course truffle-infused lunch. Otherwise, head to the winter markets in Ballan to buy products from Truffle Treasures every second Saturday in winter.
To book a tour or find out about market times, click here.