While 2020 was a "winter from hell" for Australians and others around the world, the 2020 fresh truffle season brought a bountiful harvest for us at Truffle Paddock farm. We had a very early start to the season and by the third week of winter we'd already harvested more than our entire 2019 season.
Being Victorians, Lockdown #2 was especially scary - we had to cancel all our truffle hunts, disappointing many. But there were upsides too - as Melburnians stayed home, they discovered new ways to cook and were on the lookout for new taste sensations - and we were happy to oblige! The truffle found many new friends this year!
While we were naturally disappointed not be able to present the 2020 Truffle Melbourne festival, we had great fun pivoting to produce our online Truffle Confidential online festival.
The pandemic certainly kept us challenged to re-invent ourselves several times over - and now that the season is over, we're busy in the truffle paddock - pruning, re-inoculating trees and planting some new ones. With summer now here, it's also time to fire up the irrigation system in the hope of an even stronger crop in 2021.
We're confident that we can offer some great truffle experiences in 2021 and are working to explore possibilities with a whole host of supportive chefs and sponsors, without whom the Truffle Melbourne festival program couldn't exist.
We've already planned our 2021 truffle hunts at the farm and are really looking forward to bringing you new truffle treats in 2021!