A decades-old tradition returns Saturday, July 14, when the Eagle Fire Department hosts the 2012 Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed at Merrill Park. Faithful gonad fans—numbering near 1,000 each year—line up to put down some primo fried huevos del toro, or "eggs of the bull."
On paper, the fried concoction sounds like a joke and boasts colorful monikers like "cowboy caviar," "Montana tendergroins" and "swinging beef." But take freshly peeled buffalo or bull testicles, coat them in flour and seasoning, then drop them into the bubbling gold liquid of a deep fryer, and a crispy treat is born.
As far as Eagle Fire officials know, the oyster feed is the largest in the country and has been for its 50-plus-year history.
Called "Nut Fest" by some, the event began a few years after the Eagle Fire Department was incorporated in 1947. Proceeds from ticket sales, ranging from $10 to $25, benefit the department's Volunteer Firefighter Association—and the stomachs of adventurous foodies.
The fried-ball faithful swear by the "bull fries," but salads and burgers are available for the squeamish. The all-you-can-eat event includes three free drinks.
The delicacy is popular enough to make the menu at Coors Field in Denver and pairs well with fries and cold beer during the seventh inning of a Colorado Rockies game. But rather than make the slog to the Mile High City, take the much-shorter trip to Eagle and muster up the courage to nosh on fried balls.