We were not going to let that stop us from trying Rocky Mountain Oysters, or bull testicles. It’s an unusual delicacy in most of the US, much less Wisconsin. A festival that takes up an entire block in a little town surrounded by pasture and farms on all sides that celebrates exactly that is even more of an unusual experience. I didn’t know what to expect before setting off through the rural county roads.
The first sign that we arrived was the parking operation that extended out along the thin country roads surrounding the town. Cars lined one side of the road, and the closer you got, the empty field full of still more cars became visible. We parked among the field, and we set out on the short walk to the block party known as the Dundas Testicle Festival.
From the field, the event was plain. Rows of motorcycles at the head of the parking area were on full display. The entry point with merch for sale was just ahead of those. For ten dollars, we had an endless supply of the fried Rocky Mountain Oysters if we wanted it. Drinks from either bar and a tent were available for purchase, and even a few food trucks arrived to feed the people that had their fill of testicles.
The nature of the festival can make it difficult to find the exact spot that the fried testicles are being prepared. By the time we arrived, those that ran the festival were setting up signs to help guide new visitors down into the white tents to find the frying station run by a few members of the community. We found it by wandering the event to see just what was available.
BBQ food trucks, fair food, and our favorite– Bay Burger Food Truck– were on standby for after we had our fill of the fried testicles. That would have to wait until we got to meet the organizers of the event. My husband’s connections to news media have more than once earned me an up close look at the food in our region, and this was no exception.
The closest texture I can think of its a sea scallop with a fried coating. Dipping it in ranch makes it much easier to take your mind off the fact that you’re eating bull testicles. They form a tasty snack between drinks, and they get curious eaters into the door. It certainly got us to Dundas. We met great people, and we were invited back to visit their bars to taste some of their food when their full menus are available.
Two of a Kind Bar and Rocky & Tara’s Nut Haus put on a hell of a party, and passing up their invitations to return wouldn’t be right. We’ll be back, Dundas.
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