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It's Truffle Season in Oregon Wine Country

By Becca Barnhart

Did you know that Oregon is home to varieties of truffles? Embrace the cool Oregon weather this winter and discover this amazing culinary treat waiting just beneath the soil. Oregon truffles are quickly becoming one of the most sought-after foods in the state - and the best time to discover them is right now! Between the months of December and February, Oregon Truffles are ripe for foraging through the Willamette Valley and the best way to locate the perfect truffle is with a trusty canine sidekick. Truffle hunting dogs have quickly become the mainstay of foragers looking for the ideal delicacy. 

A lady in sunglasses hunts for truffles with her dog on a sunny day.
A dog digs for truffles in a Willamette Valley forest.

Our Oregon Wine Country climate, it turns out, isn't only perfectly suited for the growth of Pinot noir and other cool climate varietals, it's also the epicenter of truffles outside of Europe. With the help of a knowledgeable guide and trusty truffle dog, wild black and white truffles can be foraged each fall and winter in the shaded ground of Willamette Valley Douglas firs. Food innovators here understand and embrace the truffle's delicate seasonality; our chefs use them in dishes all throughout the winter season.

We even have a festival where thousands of people from Oregon and beyond - both truffle connoisseurs and the truffle curious - attend each year to participate in dinners, tastings, demonstrations, workshops and foraging events.

Oregon Truffle Festival

An outstretched hands holds truffles found in the Willamette Valley.
Fans can enjoy cooking demonstrations, truffle-themed dinners and wine pairings, and other fun activities at the Oregon Truffle Festival.

Several events celebrate all of what the mysterious and elusive truffle has to offer. The fun in 2023 includes truffle-inspired meals, a bustling marketplace, workshops, and a truffle dog championship.

The 2023 Oregon Truffle Festival takes place across the wider Willamette Valley. Some of the events announced so far include the following:

Learn more about Oregon truffles and the Oregon Truffle Festival.

Your adventure begins with the official Willamette Valley Travel Guide. Request your complimentary printed guide or download a digital guide today.

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