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A Celebration of Oregon Truffles This Weekend In Eugene

Andrea Johnson
Oregon Truffle Festival

Foodies are gathering this weekend for the Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene. The 15-year old event has helped to heighten the reputation of the fragrant fungus that’s native here.

When Leslie Scott helped found the festival, Oregon truffles were not as well regarded as their European counterparts. She says they’ve become more prized and more expensive in recent years.  

“So, we can say, that in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, we have one of the world’s great truffle regions and the only one in North America.”

Credit Andrea Johnson / Oregon Truffle Festival
Oregon Truffle Festival

Charles Ruff is culinary Director of the Oregon Truffle Festival.

“Chefs are doing lots of great stuff. There’s some really fascinating food science out there. What truffles do with particularly milk fat and butterfat is just magic.

The festival includes truffle dog training, lectures, a grand dinner and on Sunday, a fresh truffle marketplace at the Graduate Hotel in Eugene.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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