2012 National Truffle Festival in Asheville, North Carolina

In just a few short weeks The Frankie Lemmon Foundation is hosting the third annual National Truffle Festival, here in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Frankie Lemmon School in Raliegh, NC has been providing life-changing education and support to Special Needs children for over forty years. Their foundation hosts an annual fundraiser called the Triangle Wine Experience. This weekend-long event is a vibrant food and wine festival that celebrates local chefs and winemakers, as well as bringing in over 1 million dollars in revenue for the school. What The Frankie Lemmon Foundation has done for the school, as well as the community, is an amazing achievement.

A few years ago, the North American Truffle Growers Association met with the Frankie Lemmon Foundation to glean from their experience and success in putting on such an event, birthing the National Truffle Festival in Asheville. The festival continues to raise money for the school, but also raises national awareness for the North American Truffle Association, a win-win for both organizations.

Western North Carolina has an ever-growing truffle industry, with specialty farms throughout the region, making Asheville the perfect place to host this destination event. Growing truffles is a long-suffering art, that takes patience and a strong understanding of the process. Area specialists are putting on seminars throughout the weekend to educate those interested in farming, or just learning about, truffles. And yes, there will be food. LOTS of exquisite dishes inspired by the star of the festival… the glorious truffle.

Whether you are a lover of food, wine, travel or horticulture, The National Truffle Festival is a brilliant culinary celebration taking place this February 23rd – 25th.

Some of the events include:  The Secret Life of Truffles, Whiskey Cocktail Seminar, Gourmet Truffle and Wine Dinners hosted by top Asheville restaurants, 3-Course Truffle Brunch, Wine Tastings, and the Chef’s Gala. This is an opportunity to learn from truffle specialists and enjoy the flavors of award-winning chefs, including Ashley Christensen from Poole’s Diner and Beasley’s Chicken and Honey. The National Truffle Festival offers a true “Bon Vivant” experience!

I’m fortunate to be attending the festival this year, and can’t wait to share photos and recipes from the weekend. I also look forward to taking in the earthy aromas, rich flavors, fine wines, and shroomy-liciousness.

If you are still looking for the perfect Valentine Surprise for your loved-one, why not come to Asheville and enjoy American grown gourmet truffles in all their glory.

Tickets and weekend packages are AVAILABLE HERE.

…I’ll save you some truffle risotto!

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22 comments on “2012 National Truffle Festival in Asheville, North Carolina

  1. 5 Star Foodieposted February 8, 2012 at 6:49 am Reply

    Sounds like a fabulous event to attend, thanks for the info!

  2. the wicked noodleposted February 8, 2012 at 7:30 am Reply

    I am CRAZY jealous right now! I love Asheville and this sounds right up my alley. It’s a 7-hr drive but I sure would like to meet you and eat some yummy truffles!

  3. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted February 8, 2012 at 8:20 am Reply

    Whoa! This sounds like a wonderful festival, Sommer! How cool!

  4. Jeanetteposted February 8, 2012 at 8:27 am Reply

    Have fun! Can’t wait to see everything you try at the festival.

  5. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)posted February 8, 2012 at 8:27 am Reply

    What a great event. I wish I could be there!

  6. Amyposted February 8, 2012 at 8:32 am Reply

    I wish I could go! What a wonderful culinary event.

  7. carolinaheartstringsposted February 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Great post. What a wonderful event. Cannot wait for this year’s pics. Come visit us. We have some wonderful exciting news to share today.

  8. Janetposted February 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Any idea how one can purchase some truffles?

  9. Elizabeth @TheBareMidriffposted February 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Wow, those truffles look so cool/weird! I never knew they looked so “brainy”. Have fun at the festival – looking forward to seeing your pics!

  10. Dmarieposted February 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm Reply

    oh, me, oh, MY. that sounds so wonderful…a girl can dream…

  11. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted February 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm Reply

    omg sounds like a blast!

  12. Julie M.posted February 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm Reply

    I so wish I could come to this; would you believe I’ve never tasted a truffle before? I really need to change that. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  13. Diane {Created by Diane}posted February 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm Reply

    what a fun festival!

  14. Bonnie Kposted February 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm Reply

    That looks like a glorious event to go to. Truffles! I wonder how many different uses they’ll come up with. Enjoy!

  15. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted February 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm Reply

    What a magical experience! I can’t resist anything with truffles. Have a fabulous trip!

  16. Maris (In Good Taste)posted February 9, 2012 at 5:30 am Reply

    Definitely my kind of event!

  17. leslieposted February 9, 2012 at 9:12 am Reply

    Sounds like an amazingly tasty and fun event

  18. Tickled Redposted February 9, 2012 at 11:45 am Reply

    What fun, I just love truffles! I wish that I could make it up there this year :( Maybe next year, it’s been too long since I was in Asheville last.

  19. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted February 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm Reply

    If only I lived closer!!

  20. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted February 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm Reply

    Can’t wait to see pictures! It’s festivals like this that makes me miss living in Charlotte as the drive to Asheville wasn’t that far!

  21. jane gaitherposted February 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Hey Sommer, what did you think of the event? Was there a good turn out? Do you know any members of the Truffle Association? Thanks for posting this!