Your hosts, Denzil and Anne Sturgiss offer a unique experience of a hands on truffle hunt during winter. Hunt with the harvesters and truffle dogs and “get down and get dirty” as you help excavate the black winter truffles from under the trees.
Truffle harvesting is essentially a winter activity as the cold kilojoules of the winter frosts are needed to fully mature the black winter truffle. The season runs from late May/ early June through to the end of August and sometimes into early September , subject to the prevailing weather conditions.
The programme for 2017 will be:
Weekend Hunts: Saturdays and Sundays June 3 and June 4 through to August 26 and 27. Your experience includes the truffle hunt, truffle tastings and an education session in The Truffle Shed. Start at 10.00am and finish around 1pm. This leaves time to further explore the Capital Region.
Cost: $80 per adult. $20 per children aged 5 to 16. Children under 5 free.
Fresh truffle and truffle products will be on sale on the day.
Bookings restricted to 24 per hunt. Each harvester and dog will work with 12 people to ensure a more personal experience.
Weekday Hunts: may be arranged to suit your needs.
Group Hunts for special occasions: minimum of 20 to secure the date exclusively.
Reservation and Payment: Bookings can be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone to 02 48494605 or 0434 216 342. Payment arrangements will be made via email on confirmation of booking.
Truffiere location: Tarago Truffles is a very accessible 50 minute drive from Canberra; an enjoyable two and half to three hour trip from Sydney or a 90 minute day trip from the South Coast. See map.
Dress: Informal for winter conditions which can range from frosty mornings followed by sunny days to wet, windy and sometimes a little snow. Layers of clothing are a good idea and footwear should be flat, comfortable and enclosed.
Biosecurity: Tarago Truffles likes to minimise the chances of introducing disease or competing fungi so you are asked to clean soil etc from the soles of your footwear before coming on to the property and to also make sure your jackets, scarves and hats and bags are free from possible contaminants. Before you walk through the truffiere gate you will be asked to step through a footbath containing a chlorine solution similar to that used in swimming pools.
Make a Weekend of It: Check the web sites of The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region – www.trufflefestival.com.au and www.goulburnaustralia.com.au to discover what other activities you may like to experience across the region.
Tarago Truffles is a participating Festival venue.