The Oregon Truffle Festival returns in early 2019, celebrating its 14th year with two truffle-filled weekend
Portland, Ore. (September 10, 2018)— The Oregon Truffle Festival returns in early 2019, celebrating its 14th year with two truffle-filled weekends: the Eugene and Willamette Valley Truffle Country Weekend, taking place January 24 through 27, and the Yamhill Valley Wine Country Weekend, from February 15 through 17. Tickets are now on sale for à la carte events and immersive full weekend packages. The program of events features top chefs, unique and decadent dinners and luncheons at Willamette Valley wineries, truffle foraging with experienced hunters and their dogs, cooking classes, truffle cultivation seminars and much more.
The Eugene and Willamette Valley Truffle Country Weekend kicks off with the Fifth Annual Joriad™ North American Truffle Dog Championship on January 24, where spectators cheer on America’s most talented truffle dogs and their trainers as they compete to find hidden truffle-scented targets.
From January 25 through 27, the schedule of events highlights the agricultural aspects of the burgeoning Pacific Northwest truffle industry, as well as the beautiful flavors imparted by local truffles. The Eugene Weekend events include the 2-Day Truffle Growers’ Forum, gathering industry experts from around the world for a speaker series and a visit to a commercially producing cultivated truffle orchard, the iconic Grand Truffle Dinner featuring award-winning chefs, Forage & Feast in Eugene, a truffle hunt and winery luncheon, and other culinary events. The weekend closes with the Eugene Fresh Truffle Marketplace, offering native Oregon truffles for sale, wine tastings, artisan food sampling, truffle cooking demonstrations, and more.
Throughout the Eugene Weekend, chefs Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Greg and Gabi Denton (Ox, Bistro Agnes), Eric Tanaka (Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen), Matt Bennett (Sybaris Bistro), Tiffany Norton and Mark Kosmicki (Party Downtown), and others will prepare dishes using foraged Oregon black and white winter truffles. Additional chefs will be announced on the Oregon Truffle Festival’s website as they are confirmed.
The romantic, culinary-focused Yamhill Valley Wine Country Weekend, spanning February 15 to 17, highlights the shared terroir of Oregon wine and truffles. The weekend begins with Fruit and Earth, a wine and truffle pairing seminar featuring Willamette Valley wines and thoughtfully-paired truffled bites. The panel discussion on pairing truffles and wine will be led by James Beard Award-winning chef Cory Schreiber (Cooking From the Source). For weekend ticket-holders, the seminar will be followed by an intimate wine country dinner at Soter Vineyards prepared by winery chef Alex Daley.
On Saturday, February 16, weekend guests will join professional truffle hunters for a morning truffle hunt, followed by indulgent winery luncheons from chefs Jason French (Ned Ludd) and Mike Delaney. A rosé release and four-course dinner at Domaine Serene with James Beard-honored chefs will bookend the day.
Sunday, February 17 will introduce a new event to the festival: Truffles & Bubbles Brunch, held at Anne Amie and overlooking the winery’s breathtaking vineyard. The weekend will close with a festival favorite, the Newberg Fresh Truffle Marketplace, which brings together regional wines, artisan foods, and fresh, local truffles.
The Oregon Truffle Festival is made possible with generous support from 1859 Oregon’s Magazine, 1889 Washington’s Magazine, Chehalem Cultural Center, Dundee Oregon, Hilton Eugene, Willamette Valley Vineyards, and Domaine Serene. Additional support comes from Alesong Brewing, Angela Estate, Anne Amie Vineyards, Bolted Services, DRY Sparkling, Eugene Cascades & Coast, Food for Lane County, Helios Creative, J. Scott Cellars, King Estate, Marché, Mountain Rose Herbs, New World Truffieres, Oregon Culinary Institute, Oregon Wine Press, Nicky USA, Pfeiffer Winery, Provisions Market Hall, Red Hills Market, Sabatino Tartufi, Silvan Ridge Winery, Soter Vineyards, Stoller Family Estate, Travel Oregon, Viking Braggot Company, Wildcraft Cider Works, WillaKenzie Estate, and Willamette Valley Wine.
ABOUT THE OREGON TRUFFLE FESTIVAL
The Oregon Truffle Festival is North America’s premier event for truffle appreciation and education. Held every winter in the Willamette Valley, it attracts thousands of culinary travelers, chefs, growers, dog trainers, scientists and journalists from all over the globe for a series of dynamic and participatory events. The festival was founded in 2006 by renowned mycologist Dr. Charles K. Lefevre and his wife, Leslie Scott, and is run in partnership with Culinary Director Charles Ruff. Dr. Lefevre is also the founder of New World Truffieres, a company specializing in truffle cultivation. Now in its 14th year, the Oregon Truffle Festival is operating as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The 2019 Oregon Truffle Festival will be held in Eugene from January 24 – 27, and Yamhill Valley from February 15 – 17, 2019. Follow the Oregon Truffle Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.