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We are all aware of different countries and their unsavory appetites for strange foods. We bask in the excitement watching as they eat monkey brains just waiting for the moment to cringe and scrunch our faces in disgust, because we would never eat anything like that in the US. I am here to tell you today that I have found some very strange festivals right here in the US that you probably never even knew existed. Buckle up as I unlock exotic meals in the US of A.
If you were to ride around to different food festivals in the states you would see a ton of food like, burgers, hotdogs, chicken… you know the normal traditional stuff. This is the very reason that I found myself in total shock when I came across “The Testicle Festival” also known as “Testy Festy”. This festival is in Montana at the Rock Creek Lodge and usually begins around the first week in August. This festival generally draws in a crowd anywhere from 300 to 3000 people. The bull balls are deep fried to deliciousness. For $20 you can watch a wet t-shirt contest, chug beer and see contestants go at it in a ball eating championship and according to them… it’s all very classy!
Next up on the list is The Roadkill Cookoff it’s an amateur cook off competition, but instead of using fresh everyday grocery store meats they use roadkill! Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? The judges then sample the delectable dishes and grant a winner. They also will deduct points for gravel or asphalt found in food. But here is the kicker… not everything on the general menu is roadkill. It’s up to you to figure out which meats are, and which aren’t. It is intentionally kept a secret, so no matter what you indulge in, you’ll still be able to stick your chest out and say, “you did it!” This festival has many different types of delectable rodents and you may come across anything like possum, porcupine or squirrel fried, skewered or stewed, your choice. This festival usually runs toward the end of September in West Virginia.
Last but certainly not least is The Bug Eating Festival in Austin, Texas! This protein packed festival has actually gotten bigger every year since it started in 2008. Thousands of people gather to this mid-June event to sample tasty bugs from all over the world! There is an assortment of deep fried grasshoppers, cricket chips, nutritious cricket protein bars, extra crispy locusts, and for dessert… chocolate covered locusts. Now who can turn that down!
Just remember, next time you smash an annoying bug or run over a squirrel on the road…that’s a snack or maybe even dinner to someone here in the US!
~ Christina de’Neil
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