Tasmania is long-known for its delicious gourmet offerings, and this July, you can sample the food of kings at The Tasmanian Truffle Festival!
Truffles are a highly sought after food by chefs and fine cooking enthusiasts, with this delicacy found underground by specially trained dogs, who sniff out the scent.
In France, pigs are still used to find the fungus, but here in Australia, dogs such as spaniels are useful in the search as they are easier to train and control according to Truffle Australis.
The Tasmanian Truffle Festival will begin on June 29, with a number of special foodie events including harvesting and cooking experiences, taking place for a month through to July 28.
This year's theme is 'unlocking the mystery of the Black Perigord Truffle', also known as black gold.
Tamar Valley Truffles manager Marcus Jessup told The Mercury that it was a fairly new industry in Australia, with Tasmania now producing truffles to the same high standard as in Europe.
Many of Tasmania's truffle suppliers will be holding special events through the month, with Glencoe Rural Retreat in Sheffield hosting Truffle Weekends from June 24.
Glencoe guests will have the opportunity to participate in the harvesting of the truffles, with the weekend also including one night stay at the retreat, breakfasts and truffle dinners.
These Truffle Weekends will run until the end of truffles season, with bookings highly recommended.
Tasmania's truffle festivities will conclude with the Tasmanian Pinot & Truffle Feast on the weekend of July 27 and 28.
Around 30 Tasmanian producers will pour nearly 50 premium pinot noirs, at the Pinot Shop's sixth Tasmanian Pinot Noir Showcase on July 27. You can then head over to Stillwater Restaurant in the evening for the delicious six-course Tasmanian Truffle Degustation Dinner, matched with Tasmanian wines.
If you still haven't had enough truffle for the weekend, dine in for breakfast at Stillwater on July 28 for house-smoked salmon, truffled eggs and a glass of Tasmanian sparkling!