Hill Country Festival to serve animal testicles in March

The event, taking place March 5 at Bankersmith Hall near Fredericksburg, will serve up pound after pound of the delicacy known as the Rocky Mountain oyster. According to the festival’s event page on Facebook, the bull testicles will be celebrated and “tenderly fried in love” for consumption.

Eating the testicles of calves, lambs, roosters, turkeys and other animals is a tradition on ranches in central Texas and the western United States. The festival will also serve sweetbreads made from an animal’s pancreas or thymus.

“Pretty with adult drinks (and a bit of friendly ribbing), these things go down like butter,” according to the festival’s website.

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Past festivals have included turkey, lamb, and veal testicles that have been served breaded, fried, or grilled.

There will also be a testicle contest with a chance to win $100 and “all the testicles you can eat during the contest and free beer to wash it down,” organizers said.

If eating animal testicles isn’t your thing, hungry visitors can choose from pork chops, barbecued ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and rib eye steaks.

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“You absolutely will not leave hungry, whatever your tastes,” festival organizers said in a Facebook post.

The festival, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, is organized by Best of Texas, an events company that organizes festivals throughout the state.

Festival tickets range from $10 to $65 and are available for purchase on the Best of Texas website or Bankersmith Hall, located at 7905 Old San Antonio Rd.

Festival organizers did not return a request for comment.


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