VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. (January 2023) – There’s no better way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day weekend than a place that honors its Irish heritage all year long. This spring, go nuts in Virginia City, Nevada, with the 32nd annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, set for Saturday, March 11, 2023. Here chefs from all over the region go head-to-head for bragging rights for best land oyster cook in the west.
Festival attendees can join in on the Silver State’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration by sampling all the fried, pounded, peeled, poached, grilled, smoked, sautéed and braised Rocky Mountain Oysters they desire. The less adventurous eaters can celebrate Virginia City’s Irish heritage with the Ballbreaker Saloon Crawl for even more festive food and drink while discovering some of the oldest, most historic saloons in Nevada.
The Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry takes place in historic Virginia City — the site of the world’s largest silver discovery to date, the Comstock Lode. In the 1850s, a melting pot of cultures flocked to the Nevada Territory to be part of the silver bonanzas and achieve their American Dreams. Famous gunslingers, ladies of the night and the most qualified miners from around the world comprised the town’s population, which included a large Chinese, Cornish and Irish population, to name a few. During its heyday, nearly 115 saloons took over the town of 25,000 people. Today, several of these saloons and locations can be experienced. History runs deep in this mining town where its Irish heritage is alive and well with this annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
While eating such a delicacy today may sound nuts, back when this recipe was first conceived early ranchers, farmers and pioneers experimented with different cuts of meat so nothing would go to waste. Sometimes slimy in appearance and reminiscent of an oyster, this culinary delight can have a gamey taste and is packed with all kinds of vitamins, minerals and proteins. Even though Rocky Mountain Oysters were first prepared in the Rocky Mountain region of the American West, eating bull, pig, sheep, and even bison testicles dates back all the way to the Ancient Romans, who believed this cut of meat was an aphrodisiac.
Love drug or not, attendees to the testicle festival can have a ball sampling many types of differently prepared Rocky Mountain Oysters across more than 15 cooks competing for awards and cash prizes.
Nearly two tons of Rocky Mountain Oysters are consumed each March in Virginia City, and with deliciously battered and fried concoctions typically served with hot sauce or cocktail sauce, it’s easy to well, forget what is being eaten. Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit alongside approximately 7,000 other festival goers with the Irish-themed Ballbreaker Saloon Crawl, joining in on the parade, dress to impress for the costume contest and much more.
Ticket options range from the “Tasty Testes” to “The Full Monty” and every option in between and are available for purchase online at . For more information about the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, contact Liquid Blue Events at 775-851-4444.
Plan and book a room in one of the town’s quaint and historic lodging properties. For a listing of property or for more information about Virginia City, call 775-847-7500 or go online at VisitVirginiaCityNV.com.
A short 30-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes visitors to one of the largest historic districts in the state of Nevada, West, and country at Virginia City, Nevada. Discover the Comstock Lode, the world’s largest recorded silver discovery, and the Old West boomtown that supported it, which remains not much different today than when it originally boomed in the 1850s. Step back in time while exploring dozens of historic buildings, saloons, churches, and museums, or take a mine tour, ride a real steam train, and more. The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages, suited to cater the interests of history lovers, silver and gold mines and museums, paranormal enthusiasts, providing the easiest and most enjoyable access Virginia City, NV in every season. For lodging, special events calendar, or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call (775) 847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is located at 86 South C Street, Virginia City.
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