Weekends away with girlfriends are a soul restoring experience. And my annual trip to Truffle Kerfuffle is just the occasion to get away with the girls – though this year we shook off our hilariously questionable motor inn accommodation from last year and booked our stay at Manjimup’s beautiful Karri Glade Chalets. With a fireplace, our own kitchen to cook up some feasts and cosy rooms to relax in, it was the ideal location. The owners were so so lovely too, making it an even better part of our time away.
And before I left, I was very much in the Truffle Kerfuffle zone after a launch breakfast at Petition Kitchen. It’s always just the thing to get my appetite raring as the season greets us.
Road tripping from Perth to Manjimup is quite a pleasant drive, and one we were happy to make a couple of pitstops at Lady Marmalade Cafe for cakes and other sweet treats, and also Newy’s – our favourite fruit and veggie shop which sells farm fresh produce that just begs to be eaten.
It’s impossible to walk away from there without some seasonal food – at that time I was all eyes for jerusalem artichoke, brussels sprouts, potatoes and pumpkin. Yum!
After a big opening night at the Feast and Fire dinner, we dove into the festivities on the Saturday. It all kicked off with a truffle hunt at Chef David Coomer’s farm with his beautiful dogs. It’s quite a young property compared to their neighbours, and nice to see that he takes truffles found on his own farm for use at his restaurant Fuyu (though they now have too much to use, so the commercial aspect has kicked in).
With icy-cold weather, but streaming sunlight surrounding us, it was a nice way to reconnect with the land and experience what the farmers do on a daily basis. And the jamon toasties that welcomed us after was a cheesy treat to munch on while communicating back to the festival.
Exploring Truffle Kerfuffle at Fonty’s Pool we saw some of Perth’s favourite food vendors – with most offering a special truffle menu item. From Marshmallowz honey and truffle mallow, to Marcelita’s Empanadas with their potato and truffle filling or arepas with scrambled eggs and truffle… it was pretty damn good.
And with bellies lined, we happily explored Manjimup town and trails to take in the sights near our accomodation.
One of the best parts about Truffle Kerfuffle are the panel talks and Chef’s cabin sessions. Hearing industry professionals speak – from chefs to writers to farmers, it becomes a really interactive way to soak in a fraction of their knowledge and experience.
The Chef’s cabin is an interactive cooking class where you get to sit back and relax while chefs local and national cook up some delectable bites. It’s intimate, engaging and lovely!
Time just flew on our weekend down at Truffle Kerfuffle… and every part of it was wonderful. It’s a cathartic experience for me, and time away with the girls is something I’ll always welcome. When it was all over, we piled into the car and started the journey home.
Mounds of fresh truffles, wine, truffle butter and veggies from Newy’s joined us on the drive – and a final stop at Lady Marmalade for scones and jam was a beautiful ending to the experience. Until next year Truffle Kerfuffle!