Firstly, that smell. It's unmistakable. It's earthy, musky and a little bit sweet. For Contentious Character, the winery is near the Kowen Fores,t which is Canberra's largest pine plantation and truffles remind them of the forest floor, thick with pine needles, after a fresh rainfall. Like other exotic foods, truffles can be an acquired smell and taste but Contentious Character for one, is addicted to them!
Secondly, their rarity just makes them oh-so-irresistible. Truffles are finicky to grow and they're very elusive, especially in the wild. They love to play hard to get (they're an aphrodisiac after all) and we're always up for the chase. By the way, did you know that truffles have a symbiotic relationship with their host trees? So truffles grow on the roots of trees like oak and hazelnut trees. The trees provide the truffles with sugar and the truffles provide the trees with extra water and nutrients. How cute is that!
Thirdly, truffles pair best with fatty foods, creating luxurious, decadent food experiences. Think butter, creams, chocolate, foie gras... But it's not a 'fatty food' as truffle and wine are a match made in heaven. At Contentious Character's Truffle Dog Hunt n Lunch, they will be serving a pumpkin ravioli with sage butter and truffle, chicken breast with chestnut mushroom and truffle cream sauce and truffle-infused chocolate mousse (a collaboration with Jasper & Myrtle). Take the option to add on paired wines and you're in for a real treat of a day!
Contentious Character is running a Truffle Dog Hunt demonstration (a peek into what a real hunt would be like) on Saturday 19 June, 26 June and 3 July.
Or go all into the truffle season and join Contentious Character at their Annual Truffle Gala Dinner on Saturday 31 July. Enjoy a FIVE-course dinner with paired wines. The mood will be set with classical music (it's quite an indulgent night after all) and there'll also be a truffle talk, so you can ask everything you've ever wanted to know about these fascinating fungi!
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