From Earthy Origins to a Decadent Delivery, Truffles are Growing on Gourmet Foodies and Farmers Alike

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On March 5th through 8th, in Asheville, NC, the exquisite mushroom will bring together artists and chefs, farmers and sommeliers, musicians and dog-trainers for the First Annual National Truffle Fest (http://www.NationalTruffleFest.com).

Even in today's slumping economy, truffles are proving to be a lucrative business. Many tobacco farmers in the Eastern United States are now planting vines for wine and trees for truffles. At around $1,000 a pound, that's a rich harvest!

During this decadent 3-day event, guests will be offered cooking demonstrations, tasting dinners, competitive cook-offs, truffle-dog hunting and a sampling of the very best truffles North America has to offer.

Guests will be invited to take part, on Friday, in a reenactment of a truffle hunt on the beautiful grounds of Whisper Mountain (http://www.WhisperNC.com).

Seven top chefs will create a once-in-a-lifetime, seven-course meal at Saturday's "Chefs' Dinner". Culinary icons like Iron Chef Walter Royal and Giorgios Bakastias will be preparing dishes for 300 lucky guests.

Local music and a breathtaking atmosphere ensure an excitement and energy all food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy.

For information on our "Grower's Forum", "Truffle-Dog Trainer", "Guest Chefs", and "Winemaker Dinners" see: http://www.NationalTruffleFest.com

Or contact: Traci Tucker-Cortez at (919)845-8880

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