In the brief window from October until the first snow begins to fall, it’s truffle season on Gotland.
Often called the ‘black gold’ of Gotland, these hidden delicacies thrive in the Swedish island’s rich soil, and are the truffle of choice for exclusive eateries like Maemo in Copenhagen. If you want a chance to immerse yourself in the island’s truffle heritage, then visit in mid-November for the annual Gotland Truffle Festival.
The festival features a truffle market, where you can browse and buy various truffle types and even obtain your own truffle seedlings. There’s also a special course in truffle cultivation, held just outside the historic city walls of Visby, and you’ll discover a number of ‘Truffle After Work’ events being held at several restaurants and bars around the city, all with truffle-themed food and drinks.
For bona fide truffle aficionados, there will be special presentations by the Truffle Academy on the Saturday along with a special ceremony to crown this year’s Truffle Chef in Visby’s cathedral. This will be followed by a magnificent six-course truffle-inspired banquet (with appropriate wine parings) in the Hall of Mirrors at the nearby Clarion Wisby Hotel. A seat at the ceremony and banquet will set you back a cool 1,590 SEK, but if you’re a true truffle lover, it may just be worth it.
While tasting is all well and good, part of the fun with truffles is digging in the dirt and finding them yourself, and you’ll have the opportunity to do just that at several locations throughout the island.
An experienced guide and truffle-hunting dog (no pigs here!) will lead you around the oak forests and wild tracks of Gotland, teaching you the tricks for finding the freshest wild truffles. Tickets for a guided truffle hunt cost 500 SEK.