The Oregon Truffle Festival is pleased to announce the first ever North American Truffle Dog Championship January 21 – 22, 2015. Named The Joriad™ for the Jory soil that n
urtures Oregon’s grapevines, the two-day competition begins with a series of timed searches at the indoor Oregon Horse Center in Eugene. This is a rare opportunity for the public to see trained truffle dogs hunt for the fragrant hidden delicacies. The sport is intense, highly-competitive, and seldom seen. Spectators are invited to cheer on truffle dog teams as they search for truffle-scented targets.
Ten finalists from day one will advance to the The Joriad™ Field Trial on day two. These championship finals will be closed to the public as the dogs go head-to-head in a nose-to-ground competition in native Oregon truffle habitat.
The event culminates with The Joriad™ Awards Gala and Dinner at Willamette Valley Vineyards on January 22 where the top truffle hunting dog will be awarded the Keeper DeGlane award. Information on purchasing tickets for the gala can be found on the Oregon Truffle Festival's website.
The Oregon Truffle Festival continues that weekend in Eugene with three days of forays, feasts, and cooking classes. Truffles will be available for purchase at Sunday’s Oregon Truffle Marketplace, which is open to the public.
Tickets for The Joriad™ Qualifying Competition can be purchased here
Tickets for the Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene can be purchased here
Oregon Truffle Festival website
Truffle hunting dogs featured in Bon Appetit Magazine
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