The holidays may be over but in Oregon, ‘tis the season to eat truffles! Considered a culinary delicacy, truffles are a rare form of mushroom that grace the tables of the finest restaurants in the world and are grown in France and—you guessed it, the Willamette Valley.
Now in its twelfth year, the Oregon Truffle Festival will be held in Newberg from January 20-22, and Eugene from January 26-29, 2017. Founded in 2006 by mycologist Dr. Charles K. Lefevre and his wife Leslie Scott, the festival attracts thousands of culinary visitors each year. Due to the popularity of the original Eugene event, in 2016 a second Newberg to McMinnville experience was added. This year’s Yamhill Valley lineup includes everything from expert lectures to dog demonstrations as well as a new, Newberg marketplace. Get a taste of the weekend’s truffle activities, below:
A highlight of the Yamhill weekend is “Truffles Deconstructed or Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Truffles but Didn’t Know Who to Ask.” Authors and food scientists Harold McGee and Dave Arnold fly in from New York to lead a discussion panel and tastings. Hosted at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, learn all about Oregon’s four truffle species at the weekend’s keynote lecture.
Friday 1/20 – Chehalem Cultural Center
Weekenders interested in the practical application of truffles can attend a class taught by featured chef Jody Kropf of Dundee’s Red Hills Market. Bringing it Home: Cooking with truffles and winery lunch offers guests a hands-on experience in cooking with Oregon truffles and infusing truffle oil as well as a session on truffle and wine pairings.
Saturday 1/21, Alexana Winery
For those who can’t attend The Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship in Eugene, the Forage & Feast in Yamhill County Truffle Hunt gives visitors a chance to see real truffle dogs in action and experience a hunt followed by a winery lunch.
Saturday 1/21 – Lady Hill Winery, Ponzi Vineyards
Newberg’s Fresh Truffle Marketplace presents an affordable daytime event (tickets start at just $15 in advance) for those who want to check out what truffles are all about. This unique market venue brings together Oregon truffles and as well as local farm-to-table bounty, all under one roof.
Sunday 1/22, Chehalem Cultural Center
Tickets for Oregon Truffle Festival events are sold in packages as well as a la carte, for more information and to see the entire schedule, visit oregontrufflefestival.com