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Festival 2010

World Testicle Cooking Championship, Ozrem 2010

The Seventh World Testicle Cooking Championship in preparing food and aphrodisiacs with testicles of edible animals took place in Ozrem, a remote village in the heart of the central Serbian mountainous area, Sumadija.

The camp, full of small and big tents and camping vans of participants fully equipped with wooden tables and banks, mobile refrigerators with delicacies and ingredients, and big kettles for cooking, as well as a huge pile of wood to be used for fire, was placed next to the river of Ozremica on a wonderful green field bordered by the shadow of many trees.

(Watch the reportages from American MSNBC and Australian 10 NEWS)

Friday, 27 August 2010

Competitors from 20 Serbian towns and a team from Slovakia settled on Friday afternoon the MUD®ISTIČKI camp (which mide be translated as „the camp od Testicleade“, but also as „the camp od Wisdomiade“), where they started to prepare various food.

Sasa from Loznica was not laizy to immediately catch some crebs in pure waters of a small river and used them to make an excellent meal. Others made delicacies of fresh mushrooms picked in the forest surrounding the place, salats of different herbs, grilled grasshopers, lamb prepared in different ways, chicken, pork, delicious steaks on grill, cevapcici and pljeskavice (hamburger) – famous Serbian grill made of ground meat, beans made in an earth pot, fish soup and grilled trout.

Everybody has fun, makes friends with neighbours, they talk and laugh, sing and dance. Besides participants, there are many visitors from many towns in Serbia, United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Israel, Romania, Hungary... Just few metres away there's a disco club, big tents with traditional Serbian music, people are joyful and relaxed, enjoying this break in everyday life, often too serious and gray, enjoying sun and music, smell of great food and taste of Serbia's famous home made plumb schnaps, rakija, as well as wine or beer, for those who cannot cope with so strong spirit.

Following the great party at the camp, that lasted till dorn, participants had just few hours to rest until the beginning of the competition next day.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Curious visitors are ariving in sunny Ozrem since early morning hours – they are here to see and cheer the chefs competing in a very unusual discipline, unique in the world: preparing aphrodisiacs and delicacies with testicles of edible animals; a name that is very strange and bold. Making such food is a tradition not only in Serbia or the Balkans. These animal parts have been eaten since old times in the entire world, whether somebody likes it or not! This championship will never have food such as drunken monkey's brains, cats, dogs, penis of different animals, but exclusively parts of animals that have been normally and traditionally used in a human diet. Nothing more than that! Just a great party along with great delicacies, drinks and music and enjoying nature.

Kettles, pots, earthenware, fire beneath, the sound of nives, spoons, forks; each team has its own secret recepe and a special ingredient it guards jealously from the public eye. The competition takes pace, jury can hardly wait to try it all and decide who will be the one to earn a title of the world champion.

Jury was composed of: President of the jury Anna Wexler (Israel), Ljiljana Cvekić, Joost van Egmond, Voja Kajganić, Svetislav Momčilović, Ari Muller and Milena Đorđević. All members of the jury are top gourmand as well as great experts in food, dealing with coocking on everyday basis.

Jury had an extremely difficult task of choosing among the greatest food the best one. Two hours after tasting the top tasting meals, the professional jury decided to award the best in the world the meal prepared by a team „Mrsa's“ from nearby city of Cacak. Captain and the main chef of the team is Milorad Vukajlović, with a nickname Mrso, what in Serbian mean „Skiny“, veterinarian by profession. Vukajlović is a man who has prepared such delicacies since he was a child. He was not so much suprised by his own victory, but he could not hide his happiness for winning the title of the best chef of the delicacies in the world.

Following the announcement of the winners, the party lasted till noon next day.

Starting this year, the Championship is also handing out certificates for the most brave, the most wise and the most human act in the world. Having in mind that this is a competition in preparing meals of testicles and brave and great acts could be committed only by people for whom we can say that they have balls (or guts), Ljubomir Erovic (a creator and organiser of the Chapionship) thinks it would be all right if this organisation would give such certificates. By doing so, we want to honour and remind the world on acts that brave people have done since the beginning of the world. A team of people from several countries is in charge of the choice of the people worth to get the certificate

The first two certificates will be handed over to United States' President Barack Obama, for taking over the presidency during the greatest economic crisis in the world, and  American pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who last year glided a passenger jet into the Hudson river in New York rather than risk crashing in a densely populated area trying to reach an airport.

So, if you have courage and cooking skills and creativity, we are expecting you next year at our festival. Welcome.


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What a Ball! Serbia's Testicle Eating Festival Draws Daring Diners

Aug 31, 2010 – 6:52 AM

OZREM, Serbia (Aug. 31) -- It may not be everybody's idea of a fun meal, but to the 200-some participants at this year's Ball Cup, a dish of animal testicles is about as good as it gets.
Welcome to the seventh annual World Testicle Cooking Championship, held in the isolated Serbian village of Ozrem.

Joost van Egmond, for AOL News
Anyone interested in marinated bull balls? Slaven Spremo proudly presents his entry to the Ball Cup competition, a cooking festival in which chefs prepare dishes made from animal testicles.

Participant Slaven Spremo proudly presents his entrance to the competition at a cooking festival in which chefs prepare dishes made from animal testicles in the Serbian village of Ozrem at an event called Ballcup -- an annual World Championship of Testical Cooking. The event took place from Aug. 27-29.

"Man, I'm cooking donkey balls," says Nikola Vesic, gloating.
Vesic is actually a chef, but it never occurred to him to cook testicles until a friend suggested they participate in this year's competition, dubbed Ball Cup, which took place Saturday and Sunday.
"This is so new and exciting," he told AOL News. "They're extremely hard to get, too. I was lucky to have a cousin who is a veterinarian. He does a lot of castrations and kept some balls in his freezer."
When it comes to balls, the tournament's organizer, Ljubomir Erovic, has seen it all. His favorite is stallion, but probably the most freakish entry was shark testicles.
"Yes, they do have balls," he says. "I know because I ate them."
Though you could call the event a food festival, Erovic says his main goal is to keep it fun and enjoyable. He's taken to calling it "Mudstock," a play on the classic Woodstock music festival that happens to feature the Serbian word for balls.
Erovic is hardly afraid of carrying the joke too far. In addition to organizing the Ball Cup, he published a cookbook -- "Cooking with Balls" -- and heads the rock outfit the Cooking with Balls Band.
A line from his band's anthem says it all, he explains over a bowl of bull goulash: "We have the balls to change the world. Balls mean courage and wisdom, and the world could use some more of both."

Joost van Egmond, for AOL News
Participant Milan Sushic stirs a pot of testicle goulash at this year's Ball Cup.

Participant Milan Sushic stirs a pot of testicle goulash at a cooking festival in which chefs prepare dishes made from animal testicles in the Serbian village of Ozrem at an event called Ballcup -- an annual World Championship of Testical Cooking.

The tournament draws a diverse crowd. The mainstay is middle-aged men, but there is also a children's team, a handful of hip youngsters from the capital city of Belgrade and the occasional foreigner. The attitude toward the food is roughly divided by age group: youngsters find it hilarious, while many elderly participants defiantly stare down any suggestion of weirdness.
"It's simply great meat," says Milan Sushic from Belgrade, while stirring a testicle ragout on a woodfire. "I don't eat it every day, but that's why it's called a delicacy."
For sure, in many parts of the world, from the Great Plains to Asia, animal testicles are considered regional specialties.
But for many, uneasiness with eating testicles is part of the fun.
"This is a great opportunity to grill some bull balls," says Slaven Spremo.
He is touring the countryside with his friends and having his first testicle was too good an opportunity to pass up. Spremo is most of all curious about the dish's purported effects as an aphrodisiac.
"But we'll probably have to wait until the night for it to kick in," he says, while carefully grilling the marinated bull testicles on charcoal, adding a slice of tomato here and there.
For Anna Wexler, a fire performer and writer from Israel, it was her second Ball Cup in a row.
"I just like eating weird stuff," she says. "When I read about this on the Internet last year I had to go. I had a feeling it would be completely insane, and that was proved right."
Along with insanity and the free-flowing hard liquor, the festival yields some very creative cooking. From Spremo's grilled testicles to subtle curries to bar food complete with chips and mustard, the teams obviously take the competition seriously.
Your correspondent, invited to sit on the jury, can attest that many dishes were excellent.
Even though a performance by the Cooking with Balls Band was canceled because of electrical problems, organizer Erovic is a happy man.
"We're spreading the word, and that's great. I don't think we'll hit the 10,000 participants soon, but at least we we can attract some quality people to this festival."
Indeed, people with balls.

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President Gets Top Prize At Manly Food Fest

Monday, August 30, 2010

Testicle chefs name President Obama "ballsy" & bravest man in world...as President challenges Republicans to collectively grow a pair
Over the weekend, the organizers of Serbia's seventh annual World Testicle Cooking Championship awarded President Obama their top prize as "ballsy" newsmaker--in part for the way he's handled the economic crisis, reports Eater. When the President spoke today at a Rose Garden press conference on the economy, he lived up to his new prize, and challenged Senate Republicans to move past fear and match his own "ballsyness."

"Obama took over the world at the most difficult economic and political times," said Ljubomir Erovic, the Serbian chef who organizes the testicle festival, and selects its prize winners. "He showed he has balls. He's the bravest man in the world."

During his rose Garden remarks, President Obama urged Senate Republicans to stop blocking his jobs bill, which cuts taxes and makes available more loans for small businesses. The GOP should stop the obstructionism even if they're afraid of the upcoming mid-term elections, the President said.

"I know we’re entering election season, but the people who sent us here expect us to work together to get things done and improve this economy," President Obama said. "Simply put, holding this bill hostage is directly detrimental to our economic growth."

"This bill has been languishing in the Senate for months, held up by a partisan minority that won’t even allow it to go to a vote," President Obama added. "I ask Senate Republicans to drop the blockade.

President Obama was not available to accept his unusual award this weekend, but his campaign for the jobs bill has been something of its own food festival, with a focus on restaurateurs as small business entrepreneurs, who create many jobs in the American economy. The President visited Seattle's Grand Central Bakery on August 17, and New Jersey's Tastee Sub Shop on July 28. At a Rose Garden press conference about the legislation on June 11, the President was accompanied by franchise owners for Buffalo Wild Wings.

Chef Erovic has published a testicle cookbook, and is regarded as an expert in the cuisine, which is called "white kidneys" in Serbian, and believed to be rich in testosterone. The other ballsy newsmaker prize went to American pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who last year landed a passenger jet in the Hudson river in New York, saving everyone on board. On offer at the fest was plenty of offal, including testicle moussaka, goulash, and stallion, boar, bull, kangaroo and camel testicle dishes. (Above: Gourmands at the fest enjoy themselves)

*Top photo via Reuters; second photo via Eater. Thanks to Raphael Brion of Eater for sending in the testicle tip.

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Chefs compete at World Testicle Cooking Championship

Teams of chefs cooked up bull, boar, camel and kangaroo in a remote Serbian mountain village a the seventh annual World Testicle Cooking Championship.

Participants of the so-called 7th annual World Testicle Cooking Championship

Participants of the so-called 7th annual World Testicle Cooking Championship get a first taste of a dish that they prepared in the village of Ozrem Photo: AP

The food, politely called “white kidneys” in Serbian, is believed to be rich in testosterone. In the Balkans, it is considered to help men’s libido.

“This festival is all about fun, food and bravery,” said Ljubomir Erovic, the Serbian chef and testicles gourmand specialist who organises the bizarre cooking festival and has published a testicle cookery book.

“The bulls’ testicles are the best, goulash style,” said last year’s winner Zoltan Levai, stirring a metal pot heated by a wood fire and filled with vegetables and large testicles that he said were provided from a state-run slaughter house.

The festival – which includes dishes like testicle pizza and testicles in béchamel sauce flavoured with a variety of herbs found in the region.

Visitors eat the dishes with plenty of wine or beer, and cool themselves in a small mountain river that flows beside the makeshift cooking stands blasting folk music. The stalls also sell roasted pig or lamb, “as a side dish”.

“I came here last year, and decided to come back,” said Anna Wexler, an Israeli citizen originally from New York who’s now a member of the festival’s jury. “It was delicious. There was testicle moussaka, goulash, stallion, boar, bull and many other things.”

The festival also gives prizes to to those who have made the news for being “ballsy”. This year one of the unsuspecting winners is Barack Obama.

“He’s the bravest man in the world,” said Mr Erovic. “Obama took over the world at the most difficult economic and political times,” Erovic said. “He showed he has balls.”

The other prize went to American pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who last year glided a passenger jet into the Hudson river in New York rather than risk crashing in a densely populated area trying to reach an airport.

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