What Are the Top Attractions at This Year’s Napa Truffle Festival?

Black truffles are a culinary delicacyThe truffle is a savory delicacy that was widely misunderstood and underestimated for many years. It’s elusive, expensive, and exotic. But recently, this underground mushroom has amassed a phenomenal following including chefs, gourmands, and the epicurious. If you have always wanted to learn more about this strange looking tuber, you can do just that at this year’s Napa Truffle Festival. Get your tickets now to go behind-the-scenes with some of the world’s most renowned mushroom experts and chefs!

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What Are the Top Attractions During the Napa Truffle Festival?

Since 2010, the American Truffle Company has been behind one of the culinary world’s most unique events. Whether you’re a truffle lover, grower, expert, gourmand, or a self-proclaimed novice, the Napa Truffle Festival is four days of events that will satisfy nearly every curiosity you may have about this mysterious delicacy.

The Napa Valley Truffle Festival 2018 lineup features demonstrations and seminars by some of the world’s best chefs and truffle experts/scientists, including:

  • Scientific Truffle Grower Seminar
  • Truffle Orchard Tour & Dog Training Demonstration
  • Dig Truffles Experience with a Winery Truffle Lunch
  • Winery Truffle Lunch at Shadybrook Estate
  • Truffles & Wine Dinner at La Toque
  • Wild Mushroom Foray Winery Truffle Lunch & Cooking Demo at Silver Oak Cellars

Festival Happenings Close to Churchill Manor

At least a couple of events during this year’s festival will be within walking distance of Churchill Manor Bed & Breakfast.

  • Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market is a free affair Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, that features cooking demos (one is led by Liam Mayclem, the CBS Foodie Chap). You’ll also enjoy samples (truffled goat cheese enchiladas, anyone?), meet two extraordinary truffle dogs, taste wine, and shop for specialty foods and products.
  • New in 2018 is “All About Truffles at the CIA Copia.” This fun two-hour program on Jan. 15, 2018, is the perfect hands-on experience. You’ll get to smell, touch and compare/contrast various species of truffles and products. You’ll leave with a better understanding of truffle flavor and culinary uses. Your “teachers” include Michelin starred Chef Ken Frank of La Toque and world-renowned truffle scientist Dr. Paul Thomas of American Truffle Company. Mike Davis, proprietor Davis Estates will be on hand to show you how to pair wine with this mysterious delicacy.

Events and Ticket Info for the Napa Truffle Festival 2018

Tickets are now available for the Napa Truffle Festival! This annual winter tradition features the brilliance of America’s top truffle chefs, opportunities to learn more about this elusive delicacy, as well as even take part in a wild mushroom foray. Plus, it’s held right here in the heart of Napa Valley, so you’ll be able to enjoy this unique gathering and explore all that wine country has to offer. Events sell out quickly, so get your tickets and book your accommodations at Churchill Manor as soon as you can!

Truffle FAQs

If you’re new to truffles, never fear. Here are a few fun facts.

  • Truffles are mushrooms that grow underground on the roots of specific types of trees. (Primarily oak, but also beech, hazelnut, chestnut, birch, and poplar.)
  • Two of the most popular truffles are the Black Winter Périgord and the Summer (or Burgundy) truffle. The Napa Truffle Festival mainly features the Black Winter Périgord truffle.
  • The Périgord truffle is named after a region in southwestern France. This variety is known for its subtle aroma and an earthy flavor reminiscent of rich chocolate.
  • While truffles can be cultivated, they require very specific growing conditions. The American Truffle Company sells partnerships that provide you with tree seedlings that have been inoculated with either the Black Winter truffle or the Black Summer truffle. They also provide all the information you’ll need to be a successful truffle cultivator.
  • Mostly, truffles are found in the wild. People used to use pigs to hunt for the wild mushroom. More recently, truffle hunters have swapped their pigs for dogs, who enjoy finding the mushrooms but don’t enjoy eating them as much as their predecessors.
  • The price you’ll pay for black truffles (or a dish including them) is in direct relation to the time it takes to find and harvest them.

Things to Do After the Festival

Whether it’s your first trip to Napa Valley or your 10th, you’ll always be captivated by the wine country’s lush beauty. Plus, there are so many things to do and see, including visiting wineries, parks, art galleries, boutiques, and more!

Start Planning Your Trip

As you begin to make plans to attend the Napa Truffle Festival, you’ll also need to make arrangements for a place to stay. Churchill Manor is a historic bed and breakfast charmingly situated just one block from downtown Napa, where some of the festival events will take place. With lavish appointments and a friendly staff eager to accommodate, we invite you to make a reservation to stay in our luxurious accommodations today. Don’t forget to download our free Vacation Guide to find out more things to do and see in the area.