Minister Launches Mundaring Truffle Festival

Minister Launches Mundaring Truffle Festival

Western Australia Minister for Tourism Kim Hames

Western Australia’s Black Truffles On Show In July

Victor P Taffa

The Mundaring Truffle Festival is set to be bigger and better this year, with support from the State Government and an exciting program of events to cater to everyone’s tastes.

At the launch of the 2011 Mundaring Truffle Festival, Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the State Government, through Eventscorp, was a proud supporter of this year’s event for the first time.

“Western Australia produces more black truffles than the rest of Australia combined and this is attracting chefs’ attention around the world.” Dr. Hames said.

“Truffles are a new experience for the majority of Australians and the Mundaring Truffle Festival is a great opportunity to taste them and learn about how they are grown and harvested.”

 

“The festival provides an opportunity for food and wine lovers to indulge in a truffle-themed weekend, which will be held at the end of July.” Dr. Hames said.

The Minister said the popularity of the festival had grown significantly in the past five years from 3,000 attendees to more than 21,000 local, interstate and international visitors.

“The WA Government supports events such as the Mundaring Truffle Festival, as they add vibrancy to the region, attract a large number of visitors and provide a boost to the economy.” Dr. Hames said.

The festival’s program features cooking demonstrations, appearances by high profile food personalities, art and craft workshops, truffle master classes, a fresh truffle and gourmet produce market as well as long table truffle lunches.

Malaysian celebrity Chef Wan will be making a special appearance at the festival to demonstrate truffle themed Malaysian dishes.

Dr. Hames said it was exciting to have Chef Wan’s participation in the festival and his presence was a good opportunity for the State to showcase the very best of its local produce to an international market.

“The 2011 event has also attracted more than 30 of the finest chefs including Australia’s Stephanie Alexander, Philippe Mouchel and Alain Fabregues.” Dr. Hames said.

The Mundaring Truffle Festival will be held on July 30-31, 2011 at the Mundaring Community Sculpture Park. Tickets can be purchased from BOCS Ticketing.