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Foods to taste before you die: Turkey testicles



If you’ve never tasted a turkey’s intimate parts, here’s your chance: Union Street Station in Byron hosts its 32rd annual Turkey Testicle Festival beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. The event features live music from Stonefree and Ashplanet, $2.50 Bud and Bud Light drafts and, of course, turkey testicles — served breaded and deep-fried.

Admission is $5, and the annual event raises some $25,000 for charity.

What’s a turkey testicle taste like? Well, something like a gizzard, as I found out when I attended the 20th annual Turkey Testicle Festival back in 1998 (read my account). The 2-inch, kidney-shaped organs are internal to the turkey, so you’ll never see one with his balls on. Union Street Station’s cooks cut them into small pieces before cooking.

Turkey testicle fans will also find them locally on Nov. 25, when Huntley’s Parkside Pub also holds a festival.