Truffle event axing ruffles

Gourmet chef Alain Fabregues at the launch of the 2012 Truffle Festival discusses recipes with the audience. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d314106
Gourmet chef Alain Fabregues at the launch of the 2012 Truffle Festival discusses recipes with the audience. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d314106

The highly successful event, which has been running for the past six years, last year poured $1.74 million in tourists’ dollars into the region, cementing its position as Australia’s premier truffle festival.

However, the Mundaring Shire opted to cancel the festival because it says a new clause in the contract with sponsor Eventscorp exposes it to legal liability.

Mundaring Shire chief executive Jonathan Throssell said the clause was unacceptable.

‘It exposes the Shire to liability for things over which it has no control or responsibility,’ Mr Throssell said.

He said the clause would have forced the Shire to accept responsibility for any liability, regardless of fault.

‘This would expose the Shire to financial risk which could run into millions of dollars,’ he said.

Several Mundaring Truffle Festival sponsors expressed disappointment and dismay at the demise of the festival.

Paul Butcher, owner of Mt Barker Free Range Chickens, said his company had been a festival sponsor for three years.

‘It’s a retrograde step’