Melbourne's biggest truffle festival is off to a sold-out start. Shannon Bennett and Chris Bonello of Bistro Vue hosted the Opening Party on 18 June and presented 6 creative courses with celebrity chef Manu Feildel and French culinary master Philippe Mouchel. Truffle aficionados gathered with Manu for the festival launch dinner at Le Grand Cirque on 2 July starring a French black truffle degustation.
Photo courtesy of Le Grand Cirque
The largest collection of truffles ever seen in Melbourne will arrive at Caulfield Racecourse on 12 and 13 July along with some the city's best chefs. With this main metro festival event just around the corner, even more exciting activities are being piled on the gourmet paddle of Truffle Melbourne. More than 8,000 visitors are expected to attend the event and enjoy $300,000 worth of truffles.
Before entry tickets are sold out, I managed to secure 20 FREE adult tickets for my readers on 13 July, thanks to the generosity of the organiser. Each ticket is valued at $26. I hope this small gesture will allow readers to savour the gourmet fungi and raise awareness of the Australian truffle industry among consumers.
What can I expect on 13 July at Truffle Melbourne?
Your entry ticket is basically your day pass to the truffle temple in Caufield from 10am to 5.30pm. Executive Chef Philippe Mouchel and Truffle and Wine Co. will help you start the day with a fresh truffle sample test upon arrival. Then its truffle galore with live cooking demonstrations by Mark Briggs, Sean Marshall, Andy Harmer, Scott Pickett and many more top chefs on the Scholtes Cooking Stage.
Manu will be presenting a 3-course Truffle Banquet with wines from Levantine Hill Estate and joined by Australia's leading truffle women who will share their truffle tales. Manu will also be signing your copy of his latest book, 'French for Everyone'. Philippe will offer truffle tasting dishes with 3 different options at $28 and $49 or a 3 course matched wines, table service truffle feast for $99. These truffle meals can be booked at the Truffle Melbourne website. Other highlights include 4 mock truffle hunts with the truffle dogs and artisan producers offering plenty of truffle tastings.
Step 2 - Email your full name, phone number, email address and a clearly visible screenshot of your Facebook page with the article link as proof to the organiser's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As we only have 20 FREE tickets to share around, the first 20 readers to complete the above steps will get a ticket. The organiser will respond to you directly to confirm your ticket. Your name will be placed against the free ticket at the door.