Learn how to grow truffles at the Oregon Truffle Festival — Photo courtesy of Oregon Truffle Festival
For the 10th Annual Oregon Truffle Festival, they have expanded the events to Portland and Yamhill wine country, making it bigger and better than ever.
This year, the festival goes four days longer and takes place in Portland and Yamhill from Thursday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Jan. 18, and then – like in years past – in Eugene from Friday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.
The event will feature an array of opportunities, including dinners, seminars, tasting experiences, truffle dog training, luncheons at Oregon wineries and a speaker's series, as it continues to be North America's premier event for truffle culinary appreciation.
With new growing methods – such as inoculation technology that makes it possible to actually “grow” them at the base of hazelnut and oak trees – truffles are poised to become a major cash crop in Oregon soon. At the festival, you can learn what it takes to grow truffles that could sell for up to $3000 per pound at one of their educational seminars.
Attend a one-of-a-kind truffle dinner — Photo courtesy of Oregon Truffle Festival
If you want to find out what the best Oregon wines and craft beers are to go with different types of truffles, then attend one of the dinners created by an award-winning Portland chef.
The “Better Together” Black and White Dinner Series is an evening featuring Oregon’s black and white winter truffles. Portland chefs Jason French at Elder Hall, Vitaly Paley at Imperial and Sarah Schafer at Irving Street Kitchen will create amazing truffle dinners in their respective restaurants.
Then, at the "A Walk on the Wild Side” Walk Around Chef Showcase, extraordinary chef talent and pairing expertise come together as top chefs create small plates of Oregon black and white truffles, paired with the very best Oregon beer, wine and spirits at the World Forestry Center.
This showcase includes Elias Cairo of Olympic Provisions (Portland, Ore.); Jason Wilson of Crush (Seattle, Wash.); Jason Stoller Smith of Timberline Lodge (Timberline, Ore.); Tyler Malek of Salt & Straw (Portland, Ore.); Justin Wills of Restaurant Beck (Depoe Bay, Ore.); Stephanie Kimmel of Marché (Eugene, Ore.); and Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant + Lounge (Portland, Ore.).
The "Better Together" event is $75 a ticket and "A Walk on the Wild Side" costs $165 a ticket.
Prices vary for the different events throughout the festival. The most affordable option is the Oregon Truffle Marketplace on Sunday in Newburg. An individual ticket is only $15 and includes an opportunity to tour the CCC’s Oregon Artist’s Exhibit and meet a number of the artists, in addition to truffle tastings, artisan foods, fresh truffles, a truffle dog demonstration and truffle cooking demonstrations and tastings.