Oregon Truffle Festival

The secret’s out! Food lovers know that Oregon truffles are among the best in the world. Come celebrate this rare Northwest delicacy with three days of tastings, tours and workshops at the Oregon Truffle Festival, where you never know what you might find.

The fourth annual Oregon Truffle Festival is set for Jan. 30 through Feb.1, 2009, at the Valley River Inn in Eugene, Ore.

The Oregon Truffle Festival is the only event of its kind in North America. It is designed to celebrate native Oregon truffles — from their hidden source in the forest to their glory on the table. Participants will be immersed in all things truffle — from tasting to touring to hunting this Oregon delicacy. Participants will learn about the diverse selection of truffles in the mid-Willamette Valley. Highlights include an assortment of truffle dinners by esteemed chefs at Eugene restaurants, cooking classes, a truffle marketplace, a truffle grower’s forum and the Grand Truffle Dinner.

Considered by many to be the highlight of the weekend, the 2009 Grand Truffle Dinner features courses created especially for this event by five of Oregon's most celebrated chefs: Scott Dolich of Park Kitchen in Portland; John Gorham of Portland’s Toro Bravo; Rocky Maselli of Marché in Eugene; Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon in Portland; and pastry chef Cheryl Wakerhauser of Pix Pâtisserie in Portland.

New to the 2009 program is a cooking class package with acclaimed chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Vitaly Paley, as well as a cultivation seminar for inspired growers, and truffle dog lectures and demonstrations for aspiring truffle hunters

“The Oregon Truffle Festival is fun and it's celebratory,” said Charles Lefevre, festival co-founder and owner of New World Truffieres. “It mixes up all kinds of people from all over the world who love to gather around the table in the shared experience of food and wine.”

Registration is now open for OTF weekend packages and the Grand Truffle Dinner. Five different options variously including lectures, cooking classes, winery luncheons, truffle forays, farm tours and receptions may be purchased online at www.oregontrufflefestival.com.