During the 2017 season, we will be conducting truffle hunts for the public on Sundays at 10.00am sharp 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 15 years old and under are free.
The harvest dogs, contracted by BlueFrog Truffles, are owned by Prue and Alan Church, truffle harvesting services, www.trufledog.com.au
Please note that we cannot allow hunt participants to bring their own dogs to the hunt.
Would you like more?
As an added attraction we are offering two exciting options for Truffle Festival visitors, either;
Hunt and Lunch – For a following lunch at a local winery and restaurant, after the hunt, we have teamed with Contentious Character at 810 Norton Road Wamboin, for a truffle Hunt and Lunch Package from 18th June to 6th August. For $110 per person, enjoy a truffle hunt at Blue Frog, followed by a truffle dish and glass of wine, only fourteen minutes drive from BlueFrog. See Hunt and Lunch to make a booking for the Truffle Hunt and Lunch Package.
Full Truffle – For a full truffle experience, 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 15 year old and under are free at the Sunday hunts, but must be accompanied by an adult.
The hunt takes about one hour in the field and 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 or by dropping. 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 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. This usually takes about one hour. 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 from 10.00 am to 12 noon.
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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