The Oregon Truffle Festival doesn't arrive until January, but you need to snap up tickets now if you want to attend any of the festivities. And this year, Portlanders are in luck, because you won't have to travel all the way to Eugene to get your truffle fix.
The multi-day event is split is split between two areas: Portland and Yamhill wine country from January 15-18, and Eugene from January 23-25.
The Portland events include a series of "Black and White" dinners showcasing black and white Oregon truffles at restaurants around town, including Elder Hall, Imperial, and Irving Street Kitchen. Tickets are $75 per person.
"A Walk on the Wild Side" is a walk-around tasting at the World Forestry Center, where chefs and artisan food producers will offer small plates using Oregon black and white truffles, paired with Oregon beer, wine and spirits. Among the lineup: Elias Cairo of Olympic Provisions, Justin Wills of Restaurant Beck in Depoe Bay, and Gregory Gourdet of Departure. Tickets are $165 per person.
An artisan truffle marketplace featuring truffled foods and wine pairings, plus demos of cooking and truffle dogs in action, is $22 per person.
Or go for "All In" Weekend Experience and you'll get to tag along on a truffle hunt in the wine country with a winery lunch after. Tickets for the full weekend extravaganza are $550 per person.
For more details and to purchase, go to oregontrufflefestival.com.