- Three-year funding for Truffle Kerfuffle confirmed until 2021
- Supported by the State Government, through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program
- Celebrity chef Pete Evans to headline 2019 event
Manjimup's black truffles will continue to be one of the stars of the Western Australian culinary scene, with funding confirmed for the popular Truffle Kerfuffle event for the next three years.
The State Government is proud to support Truffle Kerfuffle from 2019-21 through Tourism Western Australia's Regional Events Program.
Celebrity chef Pete Evans will be the headline chef in this year's program, which will showcase the renowned delicacy alongside other high-quality Southern Forests produce.
Truffle Kerfuffle is a celebration and an opportunity to learn firsthand from chefs, farmers and growers.
Visitors can enjoy a range of experiences at the Festival Village including tasting truffle dishes and buying truffles along with regional produce in the Market Place, truffle dog demonstrations, cooking classes for children, and cooking demonstrations on the Festival Village stage with Anna Gare, Poh Ling Yeow, Aaron Carr and Tony Howell among others.
Event attendees can also build on their Truffle Kerfuffle experience at ticketed long table brunches and dinners, intimate cooking masterclasses, and truffle hunts with dogs at truffle farms.
Manjimup produces almost 90 per cent of black truffles grown in Australia, which is the greatest amount in the Southern Hemisphere.
Food and wine tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry worldwide.
Last year's event attracted more than 5,500 attendees, with about 32 kilograms of Manjimup truffle dished up over the three-day event.
Truffle Kerfuffle runs from June 21-23, 2019 at Fonty's Pool in Manjimup, with tickets now on sale. For more information, visit http://www.trufflekerfuffle.com.au
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"This fantastic event has gone from strength to strength since it began in 2011, bringing in a significant number of visitors each year to the region.
"Manjimup truffles are sought out by premier restaurants around the world, creating a perfect opportunity to promote the quality produce we offer in WA to a global audience.
"I encourage everyone to come along and experience not only exceptional local food and wine, but also the many attractions in Manjimup, the Southern Forests and the wider South-West region.
"Regional events such as Truffle Kerfuffle play an important role in attracting visitors to the area which benefits local businesses, boosts the economy and creates a great atmosphere."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Truffle Kerfuffle is one of the highlights of Western Australia's gourmet calendar, attracting foodies from near and far to the beautiful Southern Forests region famous for not only truffles - but also a diverse range of fruits and vegetables, beef, sheep, dairy, pork and wine.
"This unique event brings together producers and consumers face-to-face, generating a strong appreciation of our primary industries, as well as the work involved in securing customer satisfaction.
"Our Government is actively supporting agriculture and food businesses to fulfil their potential by providing initiatives that help to expand operations, develop products and service offerings, and advance export capabilities to drive jobs and growth throughout the State."
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200