Melbourne turned on it's coldest and wettest winter weekend for our Season Opening free weekend at Queen Victoria Market. And the Truffle Tribe loved it! Guests savoured Melbourne's best truffle tastes, hunted out delectable delicacies across the Market Truffle Trail, or kicked back in the cool Truffle Bar while sipping on a truffle spritz or cocktail, with the rain outside.
Chef Stage host 3RRR's Cam Smith showcased our best truffle chefs, while your favourite truffle dogs, Spice, Arrow and siblings shared their secrets. And there were lots of fresh truffle and delectable truffle produce to take home.
It was a real gathering of the keen and the curious - a marvelous weekend! We loved our winter opening weekend, and we're looking forward to two more months of fresh truffle heaven - all the way until early September. Our 2018 Dining Program and Hunts Program run right through winter - we invite you to choose your truffle experience before the season is over!
Here are our 2018 friends and exhibitors:
TRUFFLE & ARTISANAL PRODUCE EXHIBITORS- Melbourne’s largest range of fresh truffles from across the country, and the world’s best selection of truffle goodness to take home.
Black Cat Truffles’ premium quality Black Perigord Truffle fresh from their truffiere in the Victorian Goldfields will be available for sale, along with a range of tempting truffle produce including truffle honey, oil, salt and truffle relish.
Great Southern Truffles offer an unrivalled range of gourmet truffle products, created with the very best ingredients and utilising the latest advances in technology to conserve fresh truffles for use all year round.
Award winning Sticky Balsamic produce a delicious range of sauces made with their own hand-crafted balsamic vinegar. All products are gluten free, dairy free and have no added preservatives. Try their Sticky Balsamic Premium Truffle- handcrafted in small batches.
Exceptional quality black Perigord truffles and truffle produce harvested and produced in the heart of Manjimup, Western Australia's famed truffle region.
Using spectacular produce, traditional techniques and classic recipes, The Tin Shed Group expertly handcraft Pâtés, Rillettes, Terrines and Pork Pies. Be tempted by their award winning Truffle Pate, a Wild Boar terrine with Truffle and a Chicken Rillette made especially for the Festival.
Fresh Australian truffles will be available to sniff and savour. Featuring a curated range of truffle products from Victoria, across Australia, and the best European producers. Truffle sauces, pastes, mustards, honeys, oils and other gourmet treats can be enjoyed at home or make the perfect gift. And introducing Truffle Melbourne's new range of delectable products from the 'Truffle Paddock'.
READY-TO-EAT EXHIBITORS- the tastiest and most affordable truffle dishes in Melbourne!
Billy Van Creamy make ice cream based on simple recipes with ingredients of the highest quality- just like home style cooking. The creaminess comes from perfectly balanced recipes made with organic milk, fresh cream, raw sugar and free range egg yolks- and truffle!
Writer. Eater. Traveller. Cook. We should add "truffle lover" to that list. Experience Dani Vallent's famous Truffle Soup from her pop-up stall.
Tantalise your tastebuds with one of the most popular dishes in France- melted raclette cheese poured on to truffled potatoes with charcuterie and pickles. For a real treat try the special raclette aged with truffle inside.
Born and raised in Le Perigord, France - home of the famous Black Truffle - Joelle Dullac makes the journey south from her truffle farm near Canberra to tempt your taste buds with the intoxicating scent of fresh truffle. Devour her delectable crepes and stock up on La Truffiere's award-winning truffle butter to take home.
The SPQR experience of super authentic Neapolitan wood fired pizza uses a sourdough base, San Marzano tomatoes, plus the delectable local and imported ingredients- including tartufo!
Sourcing the finest grass-fed Angus beef from Gippsland, STKBB have created some seriously tasty burgers to serve alongside old favourites at the Festival. Using truffle in all its glorious guises, with a French flair and lashings of brie- fancy an Angry Pierre with a serve of truffle chips?
That’s Amore Cheese offer a wide selection of treats to take home or devour on-the-spot. Savour a warming four cheese gnocchi with truffle, tossed in a Parmiggiano wheel or polenta chips with a truffle ricotta mayo, then save their ‘Secrets of the Forest’ - 80% Buffalo Milk cheese with black winter truffles, matured in wild hay for six months- for later.
Devour a completely decadent truffle mac and cheese doughnut. Gooey on the inside, fried on the outside, shredded Parmesan and fresh truffle shavings.
Toasta specialise in creating food that will warm your heart, with combinations of dreamy feel-good flavours. Be tempted by their truffled toasties in all their crunchy, stringy, piping hot, cheesy goodness.
Mac n' cheese cooked southern style in a big pan with a gourmet twist and made with a secret blend of Melbourne crafted cheeses, twisted up with some tasty toppings for your eating pleasure- including truffle!
Enjoy Wonderbao's legendary handmade fresh steamed buns, with Asian flavours and juicy pork, shiitake mushrooms, tofu and even fried chicken matched with truffle!