Funky, earthy and incredibly rare. It’s Truffle season in Canberra, and the three month-long Truffle Festival hasn’t let Covid get in the way of celebrating the locally grown delights.

The festival has adapted to the climate, this year harnessing two things us locals have become incredibly good at; cooking and virtual learning.

The Truffle Festival is hosting a virtual dinner party with Canberra’s top chefs taking the reins while locals follow along at home. Learn how to work with truffle in your own kitchen – particularly locally grown Périgord truffles.

Chef Christophe owner of acclaimed French Restaurant Le Tres Bon in Bungendore is kicking off proceedings with a truffle masterclass at lunchtime on 21 June. Christophe has been cooking truffles longer than anyone so you’ll be in the hands of a master.

Ben Willis, chef and owner of Canberra restaurants Aubergine and Temporada will share some of his amazing talent and perform a live streamed presentation in early July. This is an opportunity to learn secrets from the master himself.

Truffles have shaped up to be an important part of Canberra winter. As the hospitality industry finds its feet, it’s especially important to source truffles from our regions truffle lovers to make sure the truffles you are buying are locally grown. When you buy a truffle or order a truffle dish, make sure you check the truffle was sourced from a local grower so you know its fresh and your purchase will be helping a local farming family.

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