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 Food People September 12, 2014 Ever Wondered Where Your Crab Comes From? Every time I drop by Fisherman’s Wharf, the marina is full of fishing boats. It makes me wonder about the health of the local fisheries, whether ... Read More Must Have / Restaurants / Victoria September 11, 2014 The Amazing Sandwiches and Deli at Italian Food Imports It isn’t as though Italian Food Imports’ sandwiches are a well-kept secret. At lunchtime and throughout the afternoon, there’s a constant ... Read More Must Have September 9, 2014 Trading Synthetic Carbs for Real Food for Sport | Prima Bars Being an amateur cyclist is pretty strange. You drool over bikes you’d love to own but you’d be too embarrassed to ride. None of your spandex kit ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Kitchen Tools September 8, 2014 Able Brewing Disk for Aeropress Review If you’re anything like me, you probably drink a lot of coffee. And, if you’re anything like me, you probably drink too much coffee — way too ... Read More Must Have / Victoria September 5, 2014 My Date with Big Wheel Burger’s 18-Wheeler A note from Assistant Editor, Colin Hynes: I found these notes in my email this morning after he didn’t show up for our aerobics class. Last night ... Read More Must Have September 3, 2014 Inside the Clandestine World of Artisanal Doggy Treats I began my investigation into the strange world of artisanal dog biscuits with some degree of skepticism. After all, dogs generally have no ... Read More Comments are closed.