As a member of Oregon Mycological Society (OMS) of Portland, I received this email and thought I would post it for those of you who have been interested in truffles. Spain, well, that would be great, but the truffle dog training might be more realistic. All good information. There is a truffle festival in Eugene in January as well. It sells out, so if you are interested in truffles, stay tuned here for posts in the winter when they ripen.
Information on Truffle Trip to Spain from Christine Fischer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings from Spain!
I left Portland and the PNW where I got my start in forest mycology more than 25 years ago to come to Spain where I have devoted my work to the ecology and cultivation of the Black Truffle, Tuber melanosporum.
Having recently decided to teach fungal ecology in a most delicious way, I would love to invite you and your members who would love to hunt and eat truffles to come to Spain for a special tour this winter. This trip is all about Black Truffles and also about travelling into the heart of Spain, rich in regional culinary traditions, the warm Spanish hospitality, and an abundance of spectacular natural beauty and well-preserved heritage from Celtic, Roman, Arab, and medieval times.
I am offering this special guided tour to the region of Soria, Spain – where the Black Truffle grows naturally in the limestone soils, and has been an important “non-wood forest product” to promote the rural forest economy through cultivation. Soria is a region that truly celebrates mycological tourism and gastronomy. And showcasing and pairing regional wines with truffles is always part of the fun!
I would love to reach-out to your members who appreciate culinary travel adventures with this invitation to journey way-off the beaten path and get to know the history, the landscapes and habitat where this mycorrhizal fungus evolved.
We offer the trip in the second week of February when the truffles are ripe and richly aromatic and the chefs have elaborated their new truffle menus. This is for a small group of travelers who love to get to know the truffle hunters, their dogs, the chefs and take a winter pilgrimage for reflection and enjoyment.
Come have a look at our 2015 trip and join the adventure http://sitkaservicesllc.com/2015-trip-details/
Get a taste of last year’s trip http://sitkaservicesllc.com/2014-tour-gallery/
Trip includes: All transportation during the 8 days beginning from the Madrid airport or Madrid Train Station (Atocha) with return the following Sunday; hotel accommodations and mostly 3 meals/day, including 4 special Black Truffle feasts and wines; guided tours. Hotels have been chosen to enjoy the comfort, hospitality and historical settings in Soria.
Maximum of 12 persons for this tour
Trip Cost: $4200/ person with a deposit of $500 to reserve your place by October 20, 2014.
Full payment is due by January 8, 2014.
Truffle Dog Training Sponsored by the North American Truffling Society
Noted dog trainer, Jeannine May, will lead the NATS truffle dog training seminar at
The Forestry Club Cabin at Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon, on Saturday,
November 2, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4 PM.
The seminar will be a combination of lecture, fundamentals of scent training and practical fieldwork.
Attendance is limited to six dogs and six audits. A waiting list will be maintained.
Fees must be paid at time of registration. All dogs will be required to be under handler control and be well mannered in the company of other dogs and people. Dogs that are not friendly with people or other dogs must have instructor approval prior to registering. Auditing may be recommended depending on issues. There is plenty if room for crates next to you for well mannered dogs. If dogs are too disruptive to other participants during the lecture they may be asked to wait in your vehicle. Current rabies vaccination required for participating dogs. Beverages and Continental breakfast will be provided.
Dog and owner training ~ $200 for NATS members
$215 for non-members (includes NATS 2015 membership)
Audit class, sans dog ~ $100 for NATS members
$115 for non-member (includes NATS 2015 membership)
For questions contact:
North American Truffling Society