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 Pantry June 30, 2015 Seaweed: The Ocean’s Superfood (and where to get it) You’ve been told to eat your vegetables, well now it’s time to eat your weeds. Seaweeds! A member of the algae family, seaweed (not actually a ... Read More Top 5 / Victoria June 26, 2015 With the Arrival of the Hot Weather it’s Time to Break Out the Salads There are many benefits to eating a salad a day. By incorporating salad into your meals, you can increase your health, lower your cholesterol, and ... Read More Spoiled Milk June 25, 2015 The Stinkier the Better… When it Comes to Cheese You’re at a party, there’s an amazing spread of meats and cheese just waiting to be devoured, when BAM! You’re struck in the face with a smell ... Read More Pantry / The Big Picture June 3, 2015 Fight Food Waste! Eat Ugly Fruits and Vegetables In Canada we waste nearly as much food as we eat. Approximately 30 percent of that food is fresh fruits and vegetables—25 million pounds—rejected ... Read More Recipes May 20, 2015 Homemade Vegan, Gluten-Free Carrot Cake It’s no great shock to hear gluten-free or vegan these days. I, too, have removed practically all gluten from my diet, and now I no longer feel ... Read More The Big Picture May 4, 2015 Toast Soup, Fernet Blanca, White Asparagus. Why Bitter is Better On a recent grey and rain-filled Victoria morning, I met cookbook author Jennifer McLagan during a stop-over to promote her newest book Bitter: A ... Read More Comments are closed.