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Oregon Truffle Festival, January 28-30, 2011

"Who ever says truffle, pronounces a great word, which awakens erotic and gourmand ideas both in the sex dressed in petticoats and in the bearded portion of humanity." J. A. Brillat-Savarin, 1825

The Oregon Truffle Festival, held in and around Eugene Oregon over three brisk winter days from January 29-31, 2010, celebrates the magnificent Oregon truffles as they reach the peak of ripeness in their native soil. It is the first festival of its kind in North America, dedicated to sharing the experience of the chefs, foragers and fans of Oregon's wild truffles, from their hidden source in the forest to their glory on the table.

Oregon truffles are emerging among the world's great delicacies, taking their richly-deserved place next to their legendary European cousins. For our Fifth Annual Festival, we're celebrating their arrival at the international table by inviting the French. Experience the lore of the old world and the lure of the new as we savor the flavors of French and Oregon truffles at the height of their season.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, January 28, 2010
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.     Festival Registration opens for:
Cultivation Seminar (CS), Growers' Forum (GF) Truffle Dog Training (TD) & all Weekend Experiences
Valley River Inn Lobby
 
Friday, January 29, 2010
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.    

Festival Registration Continues
7:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.    

Continental Breakfast
Weekend Experiences 4, 5 & 6 and Stand Alone CS, GF and TD participants
Valley River Inn
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.     Cultivation Seminar & Growers’ Forum Speaker Series (includes lunch)
Valley River Inn
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.     Truffle Dog Training Seminar (includes lunch)
Valley River Inn
1:00 p.m.     Weekend Experience 3 "The Culinarian" begins
Valley River Inn w/transport to Lane Community College
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.    

Keynote Address - Scientist and Cultivator Pierre Sourzat
All CS, GF and TD Participants
Valley River Inn
4:30 p.m.    

Cultivation Seminar, Truffle Dog Training & Truffle Growers’ Forum conclude for the day
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.     Opening Ceremony and La Récréation Evening
Weekend Experiences One through Six
Lane Community College
 
Saturday, January 30, 2010

Departures times for Saturday's events TBD.
7:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.    

Continental Breakfast
All Package Holders and CS/GF/TD Participants
Valley River Inn
     
Truffle Foray and Winery Lunch
Weekend Experience 1
Depart from Valley River Inn
     
A Villa Afternoon at Pfeiffer Vineyards with Guest Chef Cathy Whims
Weekend Experiences 2 and 3
Depart from Valley River Inn
     
Field Training w/Truffle Hunt and Winery Luncheon
Weekend Experience 4 and Truffle Dog Training
Depart from Valley River Inn
     
Truffiere Tour and Winery Luncheon
Weekend Experiences 5 & 6 and CS/GF Participants
Depart from Valley River Inn
4:30 p.m.    

All weekend participants returned to Valley River Inn
Stand Alone Cultivation Seminar,Truffle Growers' Forum, and Truffle Dog Training Conclude
Grand Truffle Dinner
6:30 p.m.    

Doors Open for Grand Truffle Dinner
Weekend Experiences 1-6 and advance reservations only
Valley River Inn
       
Sunday, January 31, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.    

Breakfast Buffet
Weekend Experience participants 1-6 only
Valley River Inn
Oregon Truffle MarketPlace and Lecture Series
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.    

Oregon Truffle MarketPlace and Lecture Series
Willamette Ballroom, Valley River Inn
Weekend Experiences 1-6 and open to the public by General Admission at the door
Truffle Cooking Class with Guest Chef Brendan Mahaney
1:45 p.m.    

Shuttle Departs for Truffle Cooking Class
Pre-registered Guests Only -- SOLD OUT

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