During the 2017 season, we will be conducting truffle hunts for the public on Sundays at 10.00am from 18 June 2017, running for a planned 8 weeks until Sunday 6 August 2017, subject to truffle fruiting. Hunts will include harvest with dogs, industry information, tastings and the opportunity to buy fresh truffle and truffle products. Sunday hunts will be $75 per person and accompanied children under 16 are free.
The harvest dogs, contracted by BlueFrog Truffles, are owned by Prue and Alan Church, truffle harvesting services, www.trufledog.com.au
Would you like more?
As an added attraction we have again teamed up with Foodish, the Cooking School and function venue at the Belconnen Markets, to offer you the Full Truffle experience–a truffle hunt, followed by a hands-on cooking class in the Foodish Kitchen and a delicious four-course lunch with paired wines for $195 per person, including the hunt. If you’re interested in more than just the hunt, see the Full Truffle, where you can book a spot.
For the Chefs
We always welcome local chefs and their staff to contact us to arrange a free visit and learn about this new and emerging local industry and the subtleties of growing, harvesting and preparing truffles.
What happens on the hunt?
We get asked this a lot, so hopefully the following information will provide all you need to know! We cant allow other dogs at the hunts and children under 16 are free at the Sunday hunts, but must be accompanied by an adult. The hunt provides information about growing and harvesting truffles as we walk through the truffiere. The hunter will explain the management of the dogs and we follow the trained truffle dog hunting down the truffle aroma and marking the spot with its paw. You will the truffles located and carefully dug from the ground, to avoid any damage. Truffles are hard to find without a trained dog and still requires quite a lot of careful digging once the dog has indicated its presence. Truffles in Europe grow in the wild and are spread by animals, attracted by the aroma to eat them, and passing the truffle spore in their scat and infecting other trees. Our truffles are cultivated from nursery infected trees, but we do still have some native and feral animals that like to dig them up and eat them. Truffles fruit every year and are difficult to harvest, unlike above ground mushrooms, where you can easily pick a full basket.
Wear warm clothing and stout shoes, as the site is exposed on a hillside, the grass in the truffiere may be wet and you will be asked to disinfect your footwear by stepping on a wet pad containing a chlorine based bleach, to prevent the introduction of contaminating fungi to the truffiere.
After the hunt we come down to the cleaning and grading room at the house and talk about the industry in Australia and have a warm cup of something (usually soup) with truffle and some other simple tastings. It is not a meal, but a chance to see the processes involved in preparing truffles for market, to get some idea of truffle aroma and taste and ideas for use of truffle in your own cooking. If you wish, you can buy truffle after the hunt – depending on what is harvested that day and what restaurant orders we have outstanding. An informative and enjoyable day.
What happens if the weather is bad?
We need to harvest the truffle, no matter what the weather is like, so be sure and dress appropriately on the day as we will go out!
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