Truffle Kerfuffle – Family Style by Shannon at Forty Up
As well as celebrating all things truffle, the festival hosts a range of local & national chefs, chocolatiers, wineries, farmers & producers, making it a weekend of all things great tasting & worth celebrating! (WA’s Southern Forests are the southern hemisphere’s largest producer of black truffles accounting for more than 70% of Australia’s production – there’s something to be proud of!)
It’s the ideal opportunity to make it a weekend away with the family to explore & experience the best of our beautiful South West. (Manjimup is only a 3.5 hour drive South of Perth).
The Truffle Kerfuffle is held at the beautiful Fonty’s Pool Chalets & Caravan Park & is the perfect place to stay for the weekend. Whether you have your own Caravan, camper or tent, or if you’d rather the more luxurious option of an onsite chalet, there’s accommodation to suit everyone.
We were lucky enough to stay in a WA Wilderness Glamping tent – camping with none of the drama!
On arrival our tent, beds & bedding, towels, lighting & camp kitchen were all set up & ready for us to move in. Toni from Wilderness Camping was lovely & provided us with extra bedding (its cold!) & marshmallows for the kids to roast!
Staying at the Caravan Park means you can walk to & from the festival without needing your car, you can try one more sneaky local South West wine before heading back to camp for the night!
You can add a Truffle Kerfuffle tasting glass (yes folks, it’s a full size wine glass – not one of those little tasting glasses you’re use to – & it’s plastic – so super practical!) to your entry ticket, or pay $10 for one on arrival. Then it’s yours to keep – the wine tasting is free after that!
The Soul Camping option is also available at Fonty’s for the festival. These tee-pee style tents are super cute, decked out with colourful bunting, rugs, bedding & even bedside table, these tents are a really gorgeous option if you’re after something a little different.
Of course you can stay in Manjimup, or one of the region’s other gorgeous small towns.
The Truffle Kerfuffle Festival has something that all the family can enjoy.
The Marketplace is a huge pavilion filled with fresh produce & artisans. My kids loved seeing varieties of fruits & vegetables they’ve never seen before & getting to taste them. Mr D & I loved the wineries on offer & the amazing array of truffle infused goodies to try. (We had an amazing Potato & Leek soup with Truffle Oil for lunch on one of the days…)
If cooking is your thing the Chef’s Cabin is a venue where the best of the best chefs cook for you in an intimate fireside environment. Accompanied by local winemakers, all using our amazing local produce. Questions are encouraged & it’s a really engaging & delicious experience!
The kids didn’t miss out on cooking either, they attended a class with Perth’s own 2015 Masterchef contestant Jessica Arnott & made their own gnocchi which they then proudly ate for lunch!
The Truffle Tent is the place for demonstrations on all sorts of truffle yumminess! We watched Perth chocolatier Sue Lewis temper chocolate, mixed with local hazelnuts & truffle oil. The kids voted Sue the new Willy Wonka & I loved witnessing how Sue brings her magic to the chocolate.
The Truffle Hunt was one of the highlights of the trip for our whole family. A short shuttle bus ride took us to Oak Valley where we were taken on a guided tour with the gorgeous Border Collie “Lucky” & her handler as we wandered through the farm searching, finding & digging out truffles. The kids had a ball & Mr D & I learnt a ton about the complexities of farming truffles & why the South West are the leaders in the field.
The Truffle Kerfuffle Bar is the place to be at any time of the day, but we found it the best place to wind down at the end of the day. Archie’s Hut featured local musicians while the huge log fire kept us all toasty warm. Overlooking the beautiful Fonty’s Pool, it was the perfect venue for a wine while the kids ran around on the lawn.
I’ve only scratched the surface here of the range of activities you can take part in at Truffle Kerfuffle. There’s so much more to eat, drink & experience. It’s a lovely, laid back weekend that you can squeeze in as much or as little as you like.
I’d like to thank Truffle Kerfuffle, Genuinely Southern Forests for having us & letting us experience the fun of the festival. I’m sure you’ll see us back again next year!
If you’d like to know more about Truffle Kerfuffle – you can head to their website here.
*Forty Up was kindly gifted tickets & accommodation to this event – all opinion are Forty Up’s own.