Truffle Kerfuffle

About the Festival

Truffle Kerfuffle is one of Australia's most unique food and wine festivals; an indulgent weekend for truffle lovers in the heart of Australian truffle country, Manjimup, Western Australia. 

A celebration of the truffle harvest. Guests can join truffle hunters to search out prized truffles, visit the festival village for a taste of the region or get their truffle fix at special dining events.

“One of the best food and wine festivals in Australia”
Qantas AWOL

“Truffle Kerfuffle festival remains WA's premier Tuber melanosporum party.”
Australian Gourmet Traveller

The Festival Village is the heart of the festival weekend with plenty to keep you entertained all weekend. Relax and soak up the beautiful atmosphere of historic Fonty's Pool while you enjoy delicious food, campfire cooking, wine, truffles, locally made cider (you're in apple country!),  juices and more.

  • The 8th annual Truffle Kerfuffle and will take place June 22-24, 2018.
  • Booking advised. Tickets on sale in March.
  • Festival Village tickets available at the gate (tickets include all weekend access)

 

100% Locally Owned & Not For Profit

It is 100% locally owned by a not for profit association, The Truffle Kerfuffle Inc. The Truffle Kerfuffle Inc. Board is responsible for ensuring the festival adheres to it's core mission and objectives.

Revenue from the festival goes right back into making it the best it can be.

 

Mission 

"Invite the world to experience a unique winter festival in Manjimup, the heart of Australian truffle country; celebrating our people, place and premium produce.”

 

Objectives

  • Drive brand awareness for Manjimup truffle and the region’s position at the heart of Australian truffle country.
  • Deliver economic impact for the Southern Forests region.
  • Deliver a high quality destination tourism experience.
  • Drive brand awareness for the Southern Forests region as a winter tourism destination rich in natural beauty, premium produce and hands-on experience

 

Manjimup; the heart of Australian Truffle Country

The Shire of Manjimup is responsible for almost 90% of Australian black truffle and is the largest producer of black truffle in the Southern Hemisphere. Manjimup truffles are some of the most sought after in the world; prized for their outstanding quality, aroma and pristine grading. They are prized by the world's best chefs in over 30 countries including France, UK, Italy, USA, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong.

The festival has been supported by the Manjimup truffle industry since it's inception. It has a strong alliance with Truffle Producers of Western Australia.

The support of our truffle partners is pivitol to the festival's success:

Location

Manjimup is situated in the Southern Forests Region, home to Western Australia's most majestic Karri forests. A 3.5 hour drive south of Perth and 1.5 hours inland from Margaret River. It is easily accessible by road or charter flight. 

Local Produce: Genuinely Southern Forests

We have a festival wide commitment to use local produce wherever possible. This promise extends from using exclusively Manjimup black truffle to the full bounty of produce and wine available in the Genuinely Southern Forests region. The Genuinely Southern Forest region is bounded by the borders of the Shire of Manjimup and includes Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole.

In 2017 90% of the produce used across festival dining events and masterclasses was sourced in the region.  

For the last eight years Truffle Kerfuffle has been bringing chefs to Australia's South West to experience Manjimup truffle and other premium Southern Forests produce and wine first hand and share it with visitors to the festival. Many of the relationships built during the festival have lasting impact for our local famers and producers.

Venue

Truffle Kerfuffle has had it's home at  Fonty's Pool since it's inception. Set amidst the vibrant horticultural neighbourhood of Seven Day Road it is surrounded by trufferies and fruit orchards; including apples, pears, avocados, chestnuts and persimmons.

The pool itself is the legacy of Italian Archimedes  Fontanini MBE who landed in Fremantle in 1904 with just 12s.6p ($1.25) in his pocket. His family founded a farm at a time when the trip to Bridgetown for supplies took three days by horse and cart. What began as a stream fed dam for his children to swim in, became so popular locally that he rebuilt itand opened to the public in 1925. Nearly an acre in size, the pool has a winter flow rate of 44,000 litres per hour.

Fonty’s Pool is now owned and managed by Jeremy and Kelly Beissel and their young family, who with assistance ofNational Trust of Australia and encouragement of the Fontanini family, restored it to it’s former glory.

Fonty's Pool has been a major partner of the festival since 2011.

Background

From initial beginnings in 2011 when a group of locals and truffle growers (Gavin Booth - Australian Truffle Traders, Al Blakers - Manjimup Truffles and Jeremy Beissel - Fonty's Pool) came up with the idea, Truffle Kerfuffle has grown into a highlight of the Australian tourism calendar. We rely on the support and advocacy of our partners, volunteers, the local community, businesses and the truffle industry. With thanks to them, the festival has grown into the success it is today. 

Festival Direction & Management

When the festival started it was run entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers. Over the years the festival has grown signficantly in size and programme scope; there is still a major volunteer component (including the Management Board and much of the event team) however this is supported by professional event management. The festival is now curated and managed by Festival Directors Max Brearley and Sarah Hewer (Gather Round). They work closely with Festival President Jeremy Beissel, the Management Board, Fonty's Pool and the local community (including a large brigade of volunteers, truffle producers, farmers & producers, winemakers, partners and stakeholders) to ensure the festival provides maximum benefit for the Southern Forests region and the best possible experience for festival go-ers.

 

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