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 November 20, 2014 French Onion Soup: A Dark Season Delight French Onion Soup has long been a classic in France for people who are looking for an inexpensive way to drive the winter cold out of their bones. As ... Read More Pantry / Victoria November 13, 2014 Vancouver Island’s Wonderland of Wild Edible Mushrooms “Ahh, these are the droids you’re looking for.” Erik cuts off the trail to the right and rounds a tree, crouching down before two fist-sized ... Read More Recipes / Restaurants / Victoria November 7, 2014 Where to get house-made pierogies in Victoria Making pierogies from scratch is a lot easier than you’d think. Take it from me. The other night I ventured into my kitchen determined to 1) make ... Read More Top 5 / Victoria November 6, 2014 20 Foodie Things To Do in the Fall Fall weather brings a lot of mixed emotions for me. I love the rain, the change in everyone’s wardrobe. I like walking into a warm house from the ... Read More Top 5 / Victoria November 4, 2014 Hash Browns in Victoria = Variety It’s pretty hard to mess up hash browns — or so you’d think. They are simply fried potatoes either diced, shredded, patty shaped, or oven ... Read More Recipes October 30, 2014 Venezuelan Arepas: La Reina Pepiada La Reina Pepiada is a Venezuelan specialty, named for Miss World 1955, Susana Duijm, who was the first to deliver the crown to Venezuela (though ... Read More Comments are closed.