While the 6th Annual Oregon Truffle Festival is quickly approaching (January 28, 2011 – January 31, 2011), and this year the dogs will do the hunting. Owners bring their dogs to a seminar which they will hunt for wild truffles that were untouched by human hands. One dog once found 70 white truffles, which was served at the Grand Truffle Dinner that evening.
“The truffle dog’s role is not just to find truffles,” said Charles Lefevre, a mycologist who serves as the festival’s organizer. “Like a shopper squeezing avocados or sniffing strawberries, truffle dogs choose which truffles are ripe and ready to harvest.”