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First Ever Truffle Dog Competition Coming to Eugene

Published: October 23, 2014

Molly Blancett, Public Relations & Social Media Manager
Travel Lane County; 541.743.8760

First Ever Truffle Dog Competition Coming to Eugene

Eugene, Ore. - The Oregon Truffle Festival is pleased to announce the first ever North American Truffle Dog Championship January 21 - 22, 2015. Named The JoriadTM for the Jory soil that nurtures Oregon's grapevines, the two-day competition begins with a series of qualifying events 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.

Finalists from day one will advance to the second day of competition, The JoriadTM Field Trial, where dogs will go head-to-head in a nose-to-ground competition in native Oregon truffle habitat. This portion of the competition will be closed to the public.

The event culminates with The JoriadTM Awards Gala and Dinner at Willamette Valley Vineyards on January 22. 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 JoriadTM Qualifying Competition can be purchased here:

Tickets for the Oregon Truffle Festival Eugene weekend, January 23 - 25, 2015 can be purchased here:


Oregon Truffle Festival Website:

Truffle Dog Background in Bon Appetit Magazine: