North America’s premier truffle celebration welcomes chefs, speakers and foragers from near and far for two truffle-filled weekends: January 25 – 28, 2018 and February 16 – 18, 2018
Portland, Ore. (November 7, 2017) — 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. The events span two weekends in early 2018: January 25 – 28 in Eugene and February 16 – 18 in the Yamhill Valley.
The Oregon Truffle Festival’s Eugene and Surrounds Weekend centers around the scientific and agricultural aspects of the truffle industry. The January weekend opens with a truffle dog competition, the Joriad™ North American Truffle Dog Championship on January 25, wherein spectators cheer for teams of truffle dogs and their trainers as they race to search for hidden truffle-scented targets. On January 26, attendees of the Truffle Dog Training Seminar bring their dogs to truffle hunting school with a two-day event 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. In 2018, the focus returns to France, which remains the world’s leader in truffle production. The 2018 speakers include Dr. Christophe Robin, Senior Scientist at INRA and Director of the “Agronomie et Environnement” research lab at the Université de Lorraine; Peter Oviatt, PhD researcher at MIT; Dr. Shannon Berch, a researcher for the Government of British Columbia; Brian Malone, vineyard and truffle orchard manager from Jackson Family Wines; and Dr. Charles Lefevre of New World Truffieres.
In addition to mycological revelations, the January weekend promises decadent dinners and luncheons, cooking classes, a fresh truffle marketplace, and more. The iconic Grand Truffle Dinner welcomes chefs Eduardo Jordan (Salare and Junebaby, Seattle, WA), Paul Virant (Vie and Vistro, Western Spring, IL), Carlo Lamagna (Magna, Portland, OR), and Kim Boyce (Bake Shop Portland, OR), among others, for a six-course dinner paired with Oregon wines. The full lineup of chefs for both weekends can be found below.
The second annual Oregon Truffle MacDown competition elevated this comfort food to new heights, with renditions from Anh Luu (Tapalaya, Portland, OR), Robin Jackson (Two Birds, British Columbia, Canada), Kevin Linde (Pronghorn Resort, Bend, OR), and others. Tickets to the Oregon Truffle MacDown are included in the full weekend packages (available here), or can be purchased à la carte ($120). The January weekend closes with the Fresh Truffle Marketplace, offering native Oregon truffles for sale, wine tastings, artisan food sampling, truffle cooking demonstrations, and more.
The Yamhill Valley Weekend, taking place over Presidents’ Day Weekend from February 16 to 18, pays homage to Oregon truffle champion and native Oregonian James Beard, through film, food, conversation, and a truffle hunt in wine country. Locally-based James Beard Award-winning and nominated chefs, such as Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place, Headwaters), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Cathy Whims (Nostrana, Oven & Shaker), and Ken Forkish (Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Trifecta), bring James Beards’ legacy to life over three days in the Willamette Valley.
A showing of “James Beard: America’s First Foodie,” and a subsequent Q & A with Director Beth Federici and Producer Kathleen Squires sets the tone for the weekend, followed by two concurrent truffle dinners at The Joel Palmer House (available à la carte) and Ruddick/Wood (for weekend ticket holders). On Saturday, February 17, weekend ticket-holders will join a morning truffle hunt led by professional truffle hunters and their dogs, followed by a winery luncheon at Gran Moraine or Brooks Wines. The day closes with a rosé release, followed by a four-course dinner at Domaine Serene.
Celebrating the Willamette Valley’s most well-known variety, the Yamhill Valley Weekend closes on Sunday with Pinot Noir + Chocolate, a walk-around tasting with some of the region’s top producers. Mirroring Eugene’s Sunday event, the Newberg Fresh Truffle Marketplace brings together regional wines, artisan foods, and fresh truffles—all related to the vibrant Oregon truffle industry.
Now operating as a nonprofit (new for 2018), the Oregon Truffle Festival intends to expand its programming to year-round culinary, educational and training opportunities to further promote and support Oregon’s native truffle industry.
The Oregon Truffle Festival is made possible with generous support from 1859 Oregon’s Magazine, 1889 Washington’s Magazine, Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, Chehalem Cultural Center, Domaine Serene, Hilton Eugene, and Willamette Valley Vineyards. Additional support comes from Alesong Brewing, Angela Estate, Bolted Services, Brooks Wines, Capitello Wines, DRY Sparkling, Eugene Cascades & Coast, The Falls Event Center, Food for Lane County, Marché, Gran Moraine Winery, Heritage Spirits, Illahe Vineyards, King Estate, Oregon Wine Lab, Oregon Wine Press, New World Truffieres, Ninkasi Brewing, Pfeiffer Winery, Red Hills Market, Ruddick/Wood, Travel Oregon, Visit McMinnville, and Wildcraft Cider Works.
Full Chef Lineup
January Weekend: January 25 – 28, 2018 (Eugene, Oregon)
Paul Virant, Vie and Vistro (Western Spring, IL)
Edouardo Jordan, Salare and Junebaby (Seattle, WA)
Carlo Lamagna, Magna (Portland, OR)
Shota Nakajima, Adana (Seattle, WA)
Sarah Schafer, Irving Street Kitchen (Portland, OR)
Kim Boyce, Bake Shop (Portland, OR)
Jonathan Hoffman, Chefs Table (Cannon Beach, OR)
Anh Luu, Tapalaya (Portland, OR)
Tiffany Norton & Mark Kosmicki, Party Downtown (Eugene, OR)
Chris Crosthwaite, The Ominvore’s Kitchen & Lane Community College (Eugene, OR)
Jeffery Hardinger, The Davis (Eugene, OR)
Tobi Sovak and Michael Landsberg, Noisette Pastry Kitchen (Eugene, OR)
Kevin Linde, Pronghorn Resort (Bend, OR)
Robin Jackson, Two Birds (British Columbia, Canada)
Rocky Maselli, Marché (Eugene, OR)
David Sapp, Park Kitchen (Portland, OR)
Shane Tracy & Andrew Francisco, King Estate (Eugene, OR)
Bob Pfaff, Left Coast Cellars (Rickreall, OR)
February Weekend: February 16 – 18, 2018 (Yamhil Valley, Oregon)
Vitaly Paley, Paley’s Place, Headwaters (Portland, OR)
Naomi Pomeroy, Beast (Portland, OR)
Cathy Whims, Nostrana, Oven & Shaker (Portland, OR)
Ken Forkish, Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Trifecta Tavern (Portland, OR)
Christopher Czarnecki, Joel Palmer House (Dayton, OR)
Paul Losch, Ruddick/Wood (Newberg, OR)
Mike Delaney, Gran Moraine Winery (Carlton, OR)
Abby McManigle, Brooks Wines (Amity, OR)
Dana Packard Dooley, Honest Chocolates (Newberg, OR)
Jason Kupper, Domaine Serene (Dundee, OR)
John Newman, Newman’s at 988 (Cannon Beach, OR)
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 13th year, the Oregon Truffle Festival is operating as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The 2018 Oregon Truffle Festival will be held in Eugene from January 25 – 28, and Yamhill Valley from February 16 – 18, 2018. Follow the Oregon Truffle Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.
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November 18, 2016
NEW! Saturday, January 21, 2017
Introducing Oregon Truffle Vodka, produced for OTF guests by Bull Run Distillery using Oregon winter white truffles. Sip some great wines, savor a truffle vodka martini, enjoy truffle bites, and explore the warm and inviting community that is McMinnville’s historic downtown.
November 18, 2016
Friday, January 20, 2017
“Truffles Deconstructed, or Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Truffles but Didn’t Know Who to Ask” Featuring Harold McGee, Dave Arnold, and Chef Matthew Lightner, moderated by Peter Meehan from Lucky Peach
Learn why truffles are dubbed “bliss food” when fully experienced. This event features a lively reception and a panel discussion focused on Oregon winter white and black truffles. Featuring wines from 4 of the Dundee Hills most acclaimed wineries, accompanied by small truffle bites prepared by two Michelin-starred chef Matthew Lightner.
This event is the highlight of the Newberg’s Weekend Packages. Due to popular demand, we have allocated a small number of tickets for sale à la carte.
March 24, 2016
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL OREGON TRUFFLE FESTIVAL
The Pacific Northwest’s premiere wintertime culinary festival announces chef lineup and full schedule of events taking place in the Willamette Valley between January 20th and 29th, 2017
Portland, Ore. (September 20, 2016) — The Oregon truffle industry is growing up, and so is its biggest champion, The Oregon Truffle Festival, returning in January, 2017 with one of the most dynamic festival schedules yet. Tickets are on sale now for events that feature top chefs from all over the West Coast, such as Chris Cosentino, Renee Erickson, John Gorham, and Greg and Gabi Denton (see below for full chef lineup). Culinary thought leaders Harold McGee (esteemed food scientist and author of On Food and Cooking) and Dave Arnold (author and co-founder of the Museum of Food and Drink) will lead seminars on Oregon truffles, and truffle experts from around the world will gather to share innovations and research on the truffle industry.
Attendees can experience the Oregon Truffle Festival through à la carte events such as the Fresh Truffle Marketplace, Grand Truffle Dinner and Oregon Truffle MacDown (new in 2017), and full weekend immersions — complete with hunting for truffles in the wild — and learn about native truffles through a multitude of sensory experiences. The festival begins on the weekend of January 20-22 in Newberg and McMinnville, with decadent dinners and luncheons at award-winning wineries, featuring wine and truffle pairings, multiple events led by Arnold and McGee, and a sensory tour through the flavor notes of Oregon winter black and white truffles with James Beard Award-winning author Mark Bitterman.
The celebration in Eugene begins on January 26th with the 3rd annual Joriad™ North American Truffle Dog Championship, where spectators cheer for teams of truffle dogs and trainers as they race to search for hidden truffle-scented targets. Then from January 27-29, 2017, the Eugene portion of the festival brings the focus to the scientific and agricultural aspects of the developing Pacific Northwest truffle industry, both cultivated and wild. The Eugene events include the annual Truffle Growers Forum, drawing industry experts from around the world, along with two days of truffle dog training, winery luncheons, the iconic Grand Truffle Dinner and other culinary events. The Fresh Truffle Marketplace events in both Eugene (January 29) and Newberg (January 22) feature myriad local artisans, from distillers and brewers to cheese and charcuterie makers, who capture the essence of fresh Oregon truffles in their products for the enjoyment of festival attendees.
Chefs from along the West Coast will gather in the Willamette Valley to showcase flavor and versatility of Oregon’s culinary truffles. This year, participating chefs are: Aaron Patrick Adams of Farm Spirit (Portland), Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions (Portland), Eric Caballero of the Barlow Room (Dayton), Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb and Boccalone (San Francisco), Christopher Czarnecki of The Joel Palmer House (Dayton), Greg and Gabi Denton of Ox and SuperBite (Portland), Renee Erickson of The Whale Wins, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Barnacle, Bar Melusine, Bateau, General Porpoise (Seattle), Jason Fritz of Thistle (McMinnville), Michelle Girard of the Hilton (Eugene), John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Tasty n Sons, Tasty n Alder, Pollo Bravo and Shalom Y’All (Portland), Jonathan Hoffman of Chef’s Table (Cannon Beach), Stephanie Pearl Kimmel (Marché, Marché Provisions (Eugene), Jesse Kincheloe of Valley Commissary (McMinnville), Jody Kropf of Red Hills Market (Dundee), Anh Luu of Tapalaya (Portland), Tiffany Norton and Mark Kosmicki of Party Downtown (Eugene), Carmen Peirano of Nick’s Italian Café (McMinnville), Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen (Portland), and Karl Zenk of Provisions Market Hall (Eugene). Additional chefs will be announced on the Oregon Truffle Festival’s website as they are confirmed.
The Oregon Truffle Festival is made possible with support from 1859 Magazine, Chehalem Cultural Center, Chehalem Chamber of Commerce, Hilton Eugene, Marché Restaurant Group, New World Truffieres, Travel Oregon, Travel Lane County, Visit McMinnville and Willamette Valley Visitors Association.
About The Oregon Truffle Festival
The Oregon Truffle Festival is North America’s premier event for truffle appreciation and education. Held every January 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. Dr. Lefevre is also the founder of New World Truffieres, a company specializing in truffle cultivation. Both organizations are run in partnership with Culinary Director Charles Ruff. Now in its 12th year, the Oregon Truffle Festival will be held in Newberg from January 20-22, and Eugene from January 26-29, 2017. The 3rd annual Joriad™ Truffle Dog Championship, where spectators cheer-on teams of truffle dogs and trainers as they race to search for hidden truffle-scented targets, will take place on January 26th. The Joriad™ is just one of many events throughout the festival that allow attendees a fascinating glimpse into the world of truffles and truffle hunting. Learn more at OregonTruffleFestival.com. Follow the Oregon Truffle Festival on Facebook, Instagram @orufflefest, and Twitter @ORTruffleFest for updates.
February 5, 2016
The most memorable experiences are a confluence of people and place, infused with great food and drink. We loved sharing the best of Oregon’s winter bounty with you, and hope you’ll return next January for more delectable truffle adventures. Thanks so much to everyone who participated through your time, talent and collaboration. It”s because of you that Oregon is now understood as the go to place in North America to have an authentic truffle experience.
January 31, 2016
Tickets available at the door.
Sunday, January 31, 11am – 4pm
Hilton Eugene, 66 E 6th Avenue
• Shaved & Infused – Dundee Bistro Dinner, Friday, January 22nd in Newberg, Oregon
February 20, 2015
All of us at the Oregon Truffle Festival send our thanks and appreciation to all of you who participated. You helped make the 2015 festival the most memorable yet, and it is such a pleasure to host new and old friends every year!
The Oregon Truffle Festival Returns for 10th Year
In the culinary world, Oregon has already gained national recognition for its beer, wine and hazelnut industries, let alone the restaurant scene itself. But within the past few years, an expensive fancy fungus has been slowly trying to break through and reach the same elevated status in the state.
August 29, 2014
We are pleased to announce the dates for an expanded festival in 2015. We’ll be in Portland and surrounding wine country January 15 -18, and in Eugene and surrounds the weekend of January 23 – 25. We will continue to add events. Click here to review the schedule.