Welcome to the Australian Truffle Growers Association website. Truffle growing has now been established in Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.

This website is structured to provide a general information base for any interested viewer and includes additional information that increases the value of membership of the Association.

2014 Australian Truffle Growers AGM and Conference details and bookings now online.

 

Conference registration is now open

26 – 28 September, Launceston, Tasmania

IMG_2962Following on from the successful conference held in 2013 at Mittagong, New South Wales last year — this year’s conference is to be held in the beautiful city of Launceston, Tasmania.

The annual conference, including the AGM, is on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September.

There are two pre-conference workshops scheduled for Friday 26th. There will also be two days of farm-tour consultancies, occurring in South East Victoria on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th of September.

 

IMG_2919The venue for the conference is the well-known Tramsheds, which provides several large rooms, and an auditorium. It is within 10 minutes walking distance to a range of hotels in Launceston, and we will also be providing a shuttle bus to do pickups at local hotels for those who prefer to drive.

Because many of us do not get the opportunity to visit Tasmania often, we have included several optional outings in the conference schedule. This includes:

- a 1 1/2 hour river boat cruise up the Cataract Gorge on the Friday afternoon,

- a gourmet 3-course BBQ meal on the Friday evening at The Boathouse Restaurant (which is right on the banks of the Tamar River),

- a gala conference dinner at the award winning Josef Chromy Restaurant,

- and a casual post-conference dinner Tasmania’s 2013 best Asian restaurant at Me Wah Cantonese restaurant.

marcosKeynote speakers: We have two significant keynote speakers who we feel will really add value to the conference and bring new perspectives and information to all attending.

The first is well-known Spanish truffle scientist and consultant Marcos Morcillo, who will also be doing an on-farm workshop on Day 2 of the conference, and a pre-conference tour to a number of Victorian farms. Marcos is very well known truffle expert in Europe, and has published books that detail the key fundamentals of truffle farming (unfortunately in Spanish). He also has a blog regarding truffle farming at www.trufflefarming.wordpress.com.

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Our second keynote speaker is Greg Bonito, who is a mycologist from Duke University in the US and the co-editor of Edible Ectomychorrhizal Mushrooms: Current Knowledge and Future Prospects (Springer), a comprehensive book on truffles.

Greg is based at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens for the next 2 years, and we are thrilled that he will be able to share some of his knowledge with us.

To get details on the conference program, topics, workshops and more – simply follow the link at the top of this page.

The workshops and farm tours book out rapidly so don’t leave bookings till the last minute and then end up disappointed.

We look forward to seeing you all there!