Written By Gary Hynes Edibles / Food Events Apr 19, 2011 Oregon Truffle Festival Presents the Truffle Dog Training Seminar SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Forget the Tennis Ball, Train Your Dog to Fetch Something You Really Want EUGENE, Ore. – Truffles, the earthy and expensive variety, do grow in America, but there have historically been few trained dogs or pigs to find them. For the second year in a row, the Oregon Truffle Festival presents the Truffle Dog Training Seminar, a unique event in North America teaching dogs and their owners how to find truffles in woodlands and truffle orchards across the continent. The seminar, and some of the dog-harvested truffles that result from the class, will be presented at the sixth annual Oregon Truffle Festival, to be held in Eugene, Jan. 28 through Jan. 30, 2011. At this two-day seminar, attendees bring their dogs, introduce them to the aroma of French and Oregon truffles and the dogs and their owners then embark on an authentic woodland foray, hunting wild truffles untouched by human hands. At the first Oregon Truffle Festival dog training event in January of this year, one dog found 70 white truffles, which were served at the Grand Truffle Dinner that evening. Renowned animal trainer and truffle dog handler Jim Sanford of Blackberry Farm Resort in Walland, Tenn., instructs the class, along with a cast of professional scent dog trainers with backgrounds ranging from bomb detection to search and rescue. Although truffles are a form of mushroom, from a gastronomic perspective they behave more like fruit, taking months to mature and produce the enthralling aromas that humans and, famously, pigs find irresistible. “The truffle dog’s role is not just to find truffles,” said Charles Lefevre, a mycologist who serves as the festival’s organizer. “Like a shopper squeezing avocados or sniffing strawberries, truffle dogs choose which truffles are ripe and ready to harvest,” Registration is now open for Oregon Truffle Festival weekend experiences and the Grand Truffle Dinner. Six weekend and several stand-alone options are available, including cooking classes, winery luncheons, truffle forays, truffle farm tours and multi-course truffle dinners, in addition to the Truffle Dog Training Seminar. All options may be purchased online at www.oregontrufflefestival.com. festivalsOregon festivaltruffles SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like Must Have / Victoria July 31, 2014 On the Hunt for Fine Cheese in Victoria If you are looking to raise your cheese eating standards beyond the usual blocks of hard cheddar and budget brie that can be found at the ... Read More Kitchen Tools / Victoria July 30, 2014 Knifewear Pop-Up Store in Victoria July 30-Aug 3 “Knifewear’s handmade Japanese knives are usable art for the kitchen.” For some, combining coffee with knives sounds dangerous: ... Read More How to Cook July 29, 2014 How to Stay Safe and Cut Quick: Sharpen Your Knives at Home I’ve seen them all. Those charming little coloured ones with the enamel on the blades bought by someone’s mom, the wood-handled set passed down ... Read More Must Have / Pantry / Victoria July 19, 2014 Local Pasta Maker Matt Horn of the Cowichan Pasta Company I picked my way through the Moss St. Market to meet Matt Horn, of the Cowichan Pasta Company last Saturday afternoon. Horn’s work represents the ... Read More Must Have / Top 5 July 17, 2014 Victoria’s Top Five (Plus One) Salad Rolls Gỏi cuốn (or Vietnamese salad rolls) are the quintessential summer food, perfect for picnics and eating light. Salad rolls are typically filled ... Read More How to Cook / Recipes / Victoria July 17, 2014 Smoky, Low and Slow – True Barbeque in Victoria Cold brew in one hand, set of tongs in the other. It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend a languid summer afternoon. Though these days I’m an ... Read More Comments are closed.