Now you can see for yourself that the search for truffles is a demanding work but at the same time it can be fun…especially when a workday is finished with pockets filled with truffles
As a part of promoting Istrian truffles, Zigante organizes guided truffle searches. Group searches (up to 30 persons) in the Motovun forest, only one kilometre away from restaurant Zigante, are led by experienced truffle hunters with specially trained tracking dogs. During 1 hour visitors are instructed about the basics of truffle hunting and the procedure of searching for truffles, and the truffle hunters sometimes reveal some of the secret locations abundant with truffles.
From mid-September till the end of the year it is possible to participate in the search for white Istrian truffles since that period is their harvest season. As opposed to guided truffle searches, the search for the white truffle is organized in smaller groups and lasts approximately 3 hours. The happy finders can keep all their truffles or enjoy in their intensive fresh aroma in a fritaja dish or in a pasta prepared gratis for them in the restaurant Zigante.
For the duration of the fair Zigante Truffle Days, a tourist train is driving on the “truffle path” and taking tourists to the forest while the guide gives them more detailed information about the tradition of truffle hunting in Istria.