A month has already passed since Truffle Kerfuffle, the annual Southern Forests celebration of everyone’s favourite fungi. This year was my second visit to the festival, although the first in a “media” capacity. 

Once again, the festival was held at the picturesque Fonty’s Pool  in Manjimup, some three-and-a-half hours south of Perth.

Despite being an operational caravan park, it’s a tranquil location made for rain and campfires. The festival atmosphere is generally very laid-back.

My festival visit began with Saturday’s Hunter’s Breakfast, cooked by chef Russell Blaikie from Must Winebar and Channel 9’s new cooking show Delish, and hosted by River Cottage Australia’s Paul West.

This meal was the highlight of the weekend for me, thanks to both the magnificent food and having the engaging Paul West as my dining neighbour.

Russell’s decadent truffled croque monsieur was photogenic from many angles, although the bubble and squeak dish was my favourite course. Paul West publicly declared this to be the best breakfast he’d ever had.

After a wander through the festival village (see pictures below) it was time for lunch, cooked by Liberte’s Amy Hamilton and hosted by Broadsheet Perth’s Max Veenhuyzen.

My favourite dish was the grilled maron with spring onion, hazelnuts and truffle.

Other truffle-laden festival satellite events included:

  • Feast and Fire Opening Party with Paul West, Aaron Carr and Ben Day
  • Chef’s Cabin cooking demos with Paul West, Jesse Blake, Aaron Carr, Ben Day and Sue Lewis
  • Truffle Hunts with Truffle & Wine Co, David Coomer, Australian Truffle Traders and Oak Valley
  • Foragers Seasonal Truffle Dinner
  • The Shed Wine Sessions, featuring Southern Forests wines

Sunday is Family Day, with the restaurant converted into a kids activity zone!

The festival village lies at the heart of Truffle Kerfuffle, and once again it was full of vendors and venues offering a wide variety of food and drink produce, both with and without truffle. See more photos below.

Until next year…