FOR TREASURE HUNTERS…
While some cherish diamonds and others prize pearls, in Italy there’s another treasure that locals seek out each year. The white truffle, one of the world’s most deliciously distinctive flavours, sees huge crowds come to some of the tiniest towns in Italy each October and November – a short window in which to find this rare jewel.
The main event is arguably Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco d’Alba, in the wooded hills of Langhe. The air is infused with the unmistakable musky scent of truffles as chefs put this precious ingredient centre stage in cooking shows, experts present ‘Sensory Analysis’ events, and a busy market hall offers every kind of truffle product imaginable. Paired with regional Barbaresco wine tastings, and the traditional medieval parade and Donkey Palio, this is a cultural celebration with a uniquely local flavour.
Down in the southern hemisphere, Australia hosts its own brand of truffle fiesta. The weekend-long Truffle Kerfuffle in black truffle-rich Manjimup shines a spotlight on its farmers and foragers. Attendees can hunt, cook and taste the prized produce at this back-to-nature event.
Perfectly placed Relais Villa D’Amelia is just minutes from Alba – a contemporary country retreat tucked into the beautiful hills of Piedmont. On the flip side of the world, Margaret River is just 90 minutes from Manjimup, and where you’ll find gastronomic gem Smiths Beach Resort.