North America’s premier truffle celebration in the Willamette Valley welcomes chefs, speakers and foragers from near and far for two truffle-filled weekends:
January 24 – 27, 2019 and February 15 – 17, 2019
Portland, Ore. (December 11, 2018) — The Oregon Truffle Festival, North America’s premier truffle celebration and a nonprofit organization promoting the state’s native truffle industry, announces the full lineup of chefs, speakers and foragers for its upcoming festival in the Willamette Valley. The 14th annual Oregon Truffle Festival spans two weekends in early 2019: January 24 – 27 and February 15 – 17.
The Oregon Truffle Festival’s January weekend centers around the scientific aspects of the truffle industry, with hands-on foraging experiences, decadent dinners and luncheons, cooking classes, and a fresh truffle marketplace.
With Eugene, Oregon as its home base, the weekend opens with the Joriad™ North American Truffle Dog Championship ($15) on January 24, wherein spectators cheer for teams of truffle dogs and their trainers as they race to search for hidden truffle-scented targets. On January 25, students at the two-day Truffle Dog Training bring their dogs to truffle hunting school, culminating in an authentic hunt for truffles in the wild. Most student dogs find their first truffles at this event.
A marquee event in Eugene is the two-day Truffle Growers’ Forum, gathering industry experts and growers from around the world to review the latest truffle cultivation research and catch up with developments in the global industry. The 2019 Forum welcomes international speakers, including Dr. Shannon Berch, a researcher for the Government of British Columbia, Flora Todesco, truffle scientist and molecular biologist at INRA Grand-Est in Nancy, France, Christine Fischer from the Forest Science Centre of Catalonia CTFC, Connie Green, owner of Wine Forest, a pioneering purveyor of wild mushrooms and wild foods, Dr. Jim Trappe, world-renowned mycologist, and Dr. Charles Lefevre of New World Truffieres.
Four weekend packages are available for the January weekend, each offering unique culinary experiences. The Urban Forager package ($525), for example, includes Friday and Sunday events, plus a Saturday tour hosted by author and forager Langdon Cook. The day begins with truffled pastries and tea at Mountain Rose Herbs, followed by a wine blending exercise at J. Scott Cellars and a taste of braggot mead from Viking Braggot Company.
The iconic Grand Truffle Dinner welcomes chefs Gregory Gourdet (Departure, Portland, OR), Eric Tanaka (Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen), Greg and Gabi Denton (Ox and Bistro Agnes, Portland, OR), Thomas Pisha-Duffly (Gado Gado, Portland, OR), and others, for a six-course dinner paired with Oregon wines. The dinner is included in weekend packages and limited tickets are available à la carte ($240).
A new event for 2019, January weekend package-holders will gather at Eugene’s Provisions Market Hall for cicchetti, hearth-oven pizza and sweets from Marché Chef Rocky Maselli, and libations from local liqueur-maker Elixir. The Mercato del Tartufo celebrates the truffled traditions of an Old World truffle region in the Willamette Valley—the New World’s up-and-coming truffle region.