If you're walking through the aisles of raw meat, cheese slabs and miscellaneous Aussie paraphernalia at the Queen Victoria Market in June and happen to think 'gee, I could really do with some truffles', there's a chance you might be in luck. On the third weekend of the month, the market will host the Truffle Melbourne Festival.
No longer just the terrain of your posh great aunt and people at fancy French restaurants, truffles are more accessible that ever (albeit, with a price tag). The Truffle Melbourne Festival has been the biggest event on the truffle calendar for the last four years, and after initially starting out at Prahran Market, it's returning to the Queen Vic Market for the second time — for two days on June 16 and 17.
The free-to-attend festival will see live chef demos and all the truffle-related produce for sale you could think of, including truffle raclette, truffle pizzas, a truffle mac 'n' cheese doughnut, truffle beer, truffle sparkling and truffle cocktails. There'll also be sampling and tastings to be had — we'd be making the most of that.