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Luxury Truffle Hunt in Australia Celebrates Winter (Now)

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(The Truffle Negroni – image courtesy of Designer Hotel, QT Canberra).

(Gerry Furth-Sides) Truffle fever has officially hit in Australia, with Designer Hotel, QT Canberra this year showing their support via numerous in-house offerings and a much celebrated truffle package that combines an overnight stay with a hunt for the flavoursome fungi.

The Truffle Negroni tray above says it all:  The creators call it a “vivacious”  concoction and it looks fierce.  It is made of truffle- infused Bulldog fin, Carpano Antico Formula, Campari, Orange Twist, Black Truffle Salt, and Campari dusted chocolate truffle

Available across three Saturdays this winter, Designer Hotel, QT Canberra is proud to support the annual Canberra Truffle Festival by offering a bespoke Truffle Negroni – a vivacious concoction consisting of truffle infused Bulldog gin, Carpano Antico Formula, Campari, Orange Twist, Black Truffle Salt, Campari dusted chocolate truffle. This will also be served in all QT Hotels and Resorts, Australia-wide.

Additionally, the hotel will allow travellers and locals keen for a unique outdoor experience to combine luxurious accommodation in a Designer Hotel room followed by a truffle hunt the next day.

The Truffle Farm is the only of its kind in a capital city in the world, offering guests the chance to hunt for the rare and delicious black bounty throughout a picturesque trufferie that is set over 10 hectares. The location is part of the attraction, boasting views of the vines of Mt Majura winery and surrounded by an oak tree forest.


The double ribeye tomahawk steak (image courtesy of Designer Hotel, QT Canberra)

Post-hunt, visitors will enjoy an intimate truffle tasting at the farm, before a return transfer to Designer Hotel QT Canberra, where they can indulge in a feast of the senses at Capitol Bar & Grill. Here they may choose to continue the theme with one of the restaurant’s hearty winter specials such as parmesan and lemon crusted milk fed veal loin, topped with wild mushrooms, lemon thyme and melted black truffle pecorino.

The double rib eye Tomahawk steak shown above is another choice.  It is barbecued over wood with a rosemary and garlic brush. The truffle mac ‘n’ cheese, or Maccheroni con Formaggio e Tartufo, is made with the black winter truffle, which is considered to be one of the most highly prized foods in the world according to chefs and gourmands. The winter black truffle is intensely aromatic with superb flavor, and is normally in season in Austraila from mid-June to mid-August. Capitol Bar and Grill’s truffle mac ‘n’ cheese also includes white parsley and a combination of reggiano, asiago, taleggio, gruyere cheese sauce, and topped with toasted breadcrumbs.

This decadent package offered by Designer Hotel QT Canberra is available on August 5.  It includes breakfast for two in Capitol Bar & Grill, late checkout of 1pm and complimentary car parking.


For more on Australian truffles and how they stack up to the French versions, please see: http://www.newsweek.com/2014/07/18/aussie-truffles-knock-french-varieties-top-spot-259109.html

And for a heart-warming story on how The Truffle Farm”employs” rescue dogs paid in hugs please see http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-03/dogs-rescued-from-pound-turn-truffle-dogs/7216794

For LocalFoodEater’s take on domestic truffles, please see: http://localfoodeater.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3240&action=edit



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Gerry Furth-Sides

Gerry Furth-Sides

Content Editor/Columnist

Photo-journalist Gerry Furth-Sides has been covering the ethnic and American culinary scene in California since it first came into prominence 25 years ago.