Fried egg with Oregon black truffles shown at Marché restaurant in downtown Eugene. Marché chef Rocky Maselli, who will be one of the featured chefs during the Jan. 25-27 Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene, says the best way to enjoy a truffle is to shave one over a fried egg. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard)

The 14th annual event, returning to Eugene Jan. 24-27, shines light on the Willamette Valley’s buried culinary treasures.

Vaucluse, France. Alba and Forcoli, Italy. Istria, Croatia. And Eugene, Oregon. These are the five best places in the world for truffle-lovers to visit, according to a 2014 Fodor’s Travel report.

And the increasingly renowned Oregon Truffle Festival, with events upcoming Jan. 24-27 in Eugene and Feb. 15-17 in Newberg and the Yamhill Valley, is an essential part of Eugene’s appeal to the world’s fungal illuminati.

Read entire informative article in by Joel Gorthy in the Register Guard.