For two weekends this winter in Oregon, people from around America will gather to celebrate the elusive delicacy—the truffle. There will be truffle-focused gala dinners, cooking classes, grower forums, a marketplace, and even a competition where you can watch dogs hunt for the coveted fungus.
The festival’s first weekend—which takes place January 26 to 28 in Eugene, Ore.,about 100 miles south of Portland—will be a study of the Pacific Northwest truffle industry, bringing together cultivators and aficionados for several events, including the Growers’ Forum and a six-course gala dinner. In addition to the Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championships, you can enter your pup into a 2-day class to train them to hunt truffles with instructor Jim Sanford of Blackberry Farm. And at the Oregon Truffle Mac Down, acclaimed chefs will create high-low dishes, elevating comfort-food favorites with white and black truffles.
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