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 Recipes / SH December 19, 2014 Holiday Baking: All Loaf Pans Are Not Created Equal I’m not sure how you approach your kitchen gear acquisitions, but in my house, baking pans hold a pitiful position on the hierarchy of wares. After ... Read More Recipes December 19, 2014 EAT’s New Tourtière Every year my family makes tourtière for Christmas. I love it because it’s tradition, not because it’s my favourite thing in the world to eat. ... Read More Pantry December 12, 2014 Four Regions of Chinese Food, Part 1: Les Chan. Part of the interest in chasing down different articles for Eat Magazine is that I never know where I am going to end up when I start my ... Read More Must Have / Restaurants December 11, 2014 Winter Comfort Foods: Congee You know a food has jumped the shark when there’s an entire line of inspirational self-help books about it. Much to my family’s chagrin, this is ... Read More Recipes December 11, 2014 Cauliflower: A Classy Comeback Move over kale, cauliflower is in town and she’s looking mighty fine. In the past year, cauliflower has edged itself to the front of the plate, ... Read More How to Cook December 10, 2014 On Throwing a Fondue Party At 5:22 pm, in advance of a party that starts at 7:00, I am sitting in my kitchen and drinking a glass of Prosecco, trying to decide how things are ... Read More Comments are closed.