Six things to do at Effervescence Champagne Festival (September 2, 2018).

Thinking about coming to Australia’s only champagne festival this September? Here’s a hot tip, you’d better get a wriggle on, because tickets are restricted to just 500 lucky people. Should you need more than just ‘champagne’ to persuade you to press the ‘book’ button, here are six good reasons you need to come out to the countryside for a day of pure, effervescent indulgence.


Take a tasting tour of Champagne (no passport required)

Take your glass and meander around The Champagne Trail, featuring tasting stations representing the four main growing regions of Champagne – ‘Montagne de Reims’, ‘Vallee de la Marne’, ‘Cote de Blancs’, and ‘Cotes de Bar’. Reacquaint yourself with an old favourite or discover a new one with tastings from houses both big and boutique.

Watch a cooking demo

Pull up a seat in front of the stage and watch as top chefs, Michelin-starred French chef Bruno Loubet, and ex MasterChef contestant and culinary school trainer Danielle Dixon take turns to demonstrate their winning ways with the beautiful local produce. Mc’d by the bubbly Fiona McDonald you’re bound to go away hungry.

Be a VIP for the day (or the weekend!)

Take up the add-on option to the champagne trail for entry to the Luxe Lounge where you can indulge in a VIP tasting of three prestige champagnes along with canapes. If you’re keen to totally immerse yourself in the luxe experience, stay for the VIP Champagne Weekend and join our private masterclasses, Krug lunches, champagne breakfasts and more.

Play Petanque

You might have seen people playing petanque or ‘boules’, in one of those scenic French movies, or while travelling through the French countryside. Challenge your friends and head down to the petanque court to try it out yourself. The aim is simply to get your own metal ball as close to the target as possible while knocking your opponent’s off course.

Have a leisurely long lunch under the trees

Bag a ticket for you and some friends for The Lazy Long Lunch cooked by our fabulous chef trio. Set under the trees, one of our superstar chefs, Bruno Loubet, Danielle Dixon and Spicers’ own Ash Martin will each take on a course matched, naturally to a champagne. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste the rare and expensive truffle, (‘Tuber Melanosporum’).

Chill out with some music
Need a time out from your ‘tour de Champagne?’ Take your glass to our shady meeting place outside the barn and sit back in comfort to be entertained with chilled out live music sets. You’ll also be able to graze on French accented food; from pork, sliced off a pig on the spit and served in a baguette to chocolate-drizzled crepes.



C’est arrivé!

Truffles that is, as the Australian season kicks off just in time to ally the fears of any northern hemisphere gourmands who may be fearing the long, truffle-less months to come.

Native to Europe, black truffles (tuber melanosporum) grow in the roots of hazelnut and oak trees, as well as a few other select trees.

The industry in Australia started in the 1990’s in Tasmania and Western Australia, with truffle farmers inoculating the roots of oak and hazelnut trees with the spores of black truffles. The first truffles were harvested in Tasmania in 1999. Today there are many small ‘truffières’ in Australia, in all states but the Northern Territory with production creeping up to the stage that we are almost on par with France.

Truffles from Western Australia’s Truffle & Wine Co will be on the menu at Effervescence Champagne Festival’s 3 Chef Truffle Lazy Long Lunch this year (Sunday, September 1) – places are limited, so book your tickets quickly.

In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here’s the lowdown on truffles from acclaimed French Michelin-starred chef and enthusiast Bruno Loubet and Effervescence’s very own ‘The Truffle Lady,” Amanda Reboul.




What’s so special about truffles?

Truffles are seasonal and for a small period of the year. The earthy scent of truffles is like no others and is quite hypnotising, some would even say sexy!

How do you like to use them?

Truffles make their way in many different dishes during the festive season in France. I love to pair truffles with a humble ingredient to lift the dish to another level. For example, I used to do a hot onion custard coated with a Tome cheese sauce buried under grated truffles. My favourite way to eat them at home is grated on lightly scrambled eggs with a piece of grilled sourdough toast. Simply delicious and the best start of the day.

 What’s your opinion of Australian truffles?

I remember the first time I tasted Australian truffles, it was a bit of a revelation. To be honest I could not imagine that one day I would say that they are comparable to the European ones.



AMANDA REBOUL, The Truffle Lady

How much to do truffles cost? 

Truffles retail for $2800/kg, but most people would only need to purchase 50g for a dinner party for 4 people, so that would ‘only’ set you back $140

What’s the best way to store truffles?

Truffles are best stored wrapped in absorbent paper towel in an airtight container. Putting them in rice is not really recommended because the rice dehydrates the truffle and they start to shrivel up.

Do you have a favourite restaurant dish? 

Taro’s Ramen in Ascot in Brisbane makes this amazing truffle ramen, which is something a little bit different.

How do you like to use them at home?

I like having them with very simple dishes – truffled scrambled egg is one of my favourite ways, or with pasta and a creamy sauce.




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