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 One ingredient / Side dish January 4, 2016 Poor Little Parsnip: A Very Misunderstood Vegetable Parsnips are the quintessential cold weather vegetable. They are also, in my opinion, one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated root ... Read More The Big Picture January 2, 2016 A New & Improved Morning – WIN BREAKFAST FOR 2 – New Issue Out WIN BREAKFAST FOR 2 Take a picture of your favourite breakfast or brunch and share it with us on Instagram at @eatmag Winner will be announced ... Read More Recipes / Side dish December 22, 2015 Vegetarian Crock-Pot Stuffing Every Christmas I seem to run into the same problem: not enough space in the oven! Especially since it’s all about timing when it comes to the ... Read More Spoiled Milk December 21, 2015 The Holiday Cheese Guide It’s not Christmas if there isn’t a cheese platter tucked amongst the fir needles and sparkles adorning the table. Serving cheese during the ... Read More One ingredient December 15, 2015 Beyond Peanut Butter: Island Nut Roastery Peanut butter will always be a classic staple, but nut butters, spreads made from nuts and seeds can really spruce things up. Along with peanut ... Read More Good For You / Vancouver / Victoria December 9, 2015 Do Grass-Fed Milk and Butter Taste Better? A Review of Rolling Meadow Dairy Health experts have been extolling the health benefits of grass fed beef for years—for good reason. Compared to beef from conventionally raised ... Read More Comments are closed.