Reykjavík Mayor Jón Gnarr has accepted a challenge from the founder of the World Testicle Cooking Championship, Ljubomir Erovic, to take part in the tenth annual competition in Serbia on August 31.Jón Gnarr (not pictured) is set to take part in the World Testicle Cooking Competition. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.
Icelanders are known for eating and enjoying pickled ram testicles. The delicacy is a favorite during the month of Þorri (from late January to late February this year).
The World Testicle Cooking Championship, held annually in the Gornji Milanovac region of Serbia, is the largest competition of its sort in the world. Testicles are reportedly considered to be an aphrodisiac and a natural alternative to Viagra in Serbia and other countries.
To date, the festival has seen dishes made from 16 different animals, including stallion, bull, ostrich, boar (hog), donkey, kangaroo, rabbit, deer, shark, ram, and swan.
Ruv.is reports that President of the Jury at the World Testicle Cooking Championship Anna Wexler has visited Iceland. Although she got lost in a forest in South Iceland—necessitating a rescue from ICE-SAR search and rescue teams—she reportedly has no regrets about her time spent in the country.
More information about this year’s competition is available here.