Written By Gary Hynes Edibles / Food Events Apr 19, 2011 Oregon Truffle Festival Presents the Truffle Dog Training Seminar SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestForget the Tennis Ball, Train Your Dog to Fetch Something You Really WantEUGENE, 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 Recipes / Soup September 2, 2015 Gazpacho: A Glorious Late Summertime Spanish Soup Gazpacho is a cold, tomato-based soup that originates from the Andalusia region of Spain. Earlier versions of gazpacho dating back to the 1500s ... Read More Sustainability August 28, 2015 Eat Your Yard! Edible Landscaping with Hatchet and Seed Eating locally grown food allows consumers to be more connected to their food sources. And one of the best ways to ensure you are getting fresh, ... Read More One ingredient / Victoria August 20, 2015 The Best Chocolate I’ve Ever Had: Sirene Artisan Chocolate Makers Sirene Chocolate is the best chocolate I’ve ever had. I’m not the only one who thinks so, either. A grand jury of chocolate aficionados ... Read More How to Cook August 13, 2015 Blueberry Know How + How To Cook Them with Chef Stephan Drolet It’s blueberry season again and you just can’t beat fresh blueberries. These deliciously sweet, tiny fruits pack a big punch in flavour and ... Read More Spoiled Milk August 4, 2015 Goat and Sheep Cheeses You Need In Your Life If I told you to imagine where cheese comes from, you would probably visualise the iconic image of dairy farms: black and white Holsteins dotting the ... Read More Dessert / Kitchen Tools July 31, 2015 Must-Have: Cherry Clafoutis (French Custard Cake) Every summer during my early 20’s, I’d head to the Okanagan’s Similkameen Valley to pick cherries. The valley is classified as semi-desert land ... Read More Comments are closed.