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Seventh annual Oregon Truffle Festival

December 5, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Whether you are a truffle lover from Maui or Alaska, the seventh annual Oregon Truffle Festival may appeal to you as a vacation next year. I know that I traveled to a particular area of Italy one time just to check out the truffles. This event is a heck of a lot closer for those in the Hawaiian Islands and it supports truffles grown in America.

The festival will be held Jan. 27-29, 2012, in Eugene, Ore., and it’s full of food and fun.

“The Oregon Truffle Festival is as much a celebration of people as it is food,” states Leslie Scott, the festival’s managing partner, in a press release.

“The first event of its kind in North America, the Oregon Truffle Festival will celebrate native 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.”

“For the past six years, the weekend festival has enticed and delighted truffle enthusiasts, chefs, foodies, truffle hunters and truffle growers with tastings, tours, workshops and speakers from all over the world. Last year’s festival garnered a place on’s list of Top 10 Food Festivals in America.”

This year’s festival is inspired by Molly O’Neill’s book, “One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking.” O’Neill previously worked as a food writer for The New York Times and is a James Beard Award-winning author.”

She wrote the book to debunk the myth that American home cooking had been destroyed by the accessibility to fast food. It features a collection of recipes and stories from people across America who still believe in the generative powers of eating together and the true meaning of “soul food.” O’Neill reminds readers of the importance of remaining connected to the food we put on our tables, something that has always been a central theme of the Oregon Truffle Festival.

For more information on the festival, as well as a list of weekend programs and packages, visit Oregon Truffle Festival Website or email festival coordinators at Tickets for the various events and packages are available online.


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