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Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry

Historic district dishes up curious culinary creations.
BY NEVADA MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014

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Photo: Jeramie Lu

Virginia City celebrates its nuttiest festival—the 23rd annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry—on March 15. This zany tradition summons more than 20 cooks dishing up an abundance of livestock testicles during one of Northern Nevada’s most popular tasting contests.

The Nevada 150 official event coincides with the Virginia City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, ensuring a celebration not lacking in fun or fervor.

Though most commonly deep-fried, participant chefs are always fixing up fresh and innovative twists on traditional festival dishes. Testicles are ground up to make chili and meatballs; they are even wrapped in bacon before they are served to patrons with a hankering for the pseudo mollusks.

This year’s testicle festival features live Irish music, a beer garden, and individual and team Rocky Mountain Oyster-eating contests. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at noon and ensures an abundance of Irish dancers and floats. The evening is topped off in Virginia City’s pubs during the Leprechaun Bar Crawl.

PLAN YOUR TRIP
Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry & St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Virginia City
Mar. 15
visitvirginiacitynv.com, 775-847-7500

 

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