The annual Testicle Festival promises balls of fun

August 19, 2013

There are some things that are just too hilarious to be real…and then you realize they really are.

That’s how I felt about discovering there is an annual Testicle Festival held in Watsonville.

Yup. It’s a festival dedicated to testicles… from a culinary perspective.

In many parts of the country — and the world — animal testicles, particularly beef, are regularly eaten and known by names like rocky mountain oysters or prairie oysters, among others.

In honor of this tradition, the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau’s young farmers and ranchers committee holds an annual Testicle Festival. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Estrada Deer Camp in Watsonville.

For $40 per adult, you get all the balls you can eat, plus a meal of chicken, salad, bread and dessert. Kids ages 5-12 are $20, under 5 are free. The festival begins at 3 p.m. with wine, beer, appetizers and a silent auction; dinner will be served at 4:45 p.m. and music will be provided by local band No Respects. There will also be a live auction, a raffle drawing and a horseshoe contest.

This year will also feature the “all in the sauce” contest for a second year. Attendees may bring a quart of their own homemade sauce to compete in one of two categories – amateur and commercial.




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3 Responses to The annual Testicle Festival promises balls of fun

  1. August 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I both laughed and cringed while reading this. I’m glad there are no soy versions of testicles for us vegetarians.

  2. coleopter
    July 15, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Just go for it! Think of all those pain receptors you’re chewing on : { and be glad you have a vagina instead : )

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