Make the most of the New Zealand truffle season at these delectable dining events

By MiNDFOOD

Enjoy a sumptuous truffle menu at Elmo's restaurant
Enjoy a sumptuous truffle menu at Elmo's restaurant
Great news for Kiwi foodies, truffle season is upon us. What better way to embrace this precious ingredient than by joining a special truffle hunt or gourmet dinner?

Aucklanders can head along to Ponsonby’s Italian eatery, Elmo’s for a bespoke truffle menu that will evolve throughout the season. Dishes include crayfish and crab pasta in a beef and sherry broth, garnished with fresh black Périgord truffle and a truffle pizza with fior di latte, gruyere and gorgonzola.

Kings Truffles hosts truffle hunts from June to August at their beautiful truffiere located in North Canterbury. While many of their events sell out each year, you can also choose to book a bespoke truffle hunt experience and join them as their dogs sniff out the prized goods before enjoying delicious truffle-inspired fare on-site. 

Join Kitchen Takeover and Te Puke Truffles – suppliers to top restaurants such as Ahi and Amisfield – for one of the best foodie experiences in the Bay of Plenty. Running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June and July, you’ll start the day learning all about the history of truffle farming, before heading out on the hunt and ending the day with some tasty samplings of their truffle treats. 

The Manse Truffle Hunt, credit: Florence Charvin

Hawke’s Bay’s Winter Food and Wine Classic (F.A.W.C!) returns this June with a host to “out-of-the-box” food and wine events, including five events dedicated to hunting and tasting truffles, hosted at the stunning Manse and Wallingford luxury lodges. 

Historic Canterbury lodge, Otahuna is hosting its annual truffle experience on Saturday 9 July. The decadent dining event showcases the region’s Perigord black truffles in a fantastic five-course dinner, created by the lodge’s talented chefs. Highlights include truffle risotto with prosciutto and smoked Mount Eliza cheddar and a poached apple ‘delight’ with truffle and hazelnut icecream.

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