Ladies and Gentlemen Step Right Up and Behold The Festicle

That’s right folks, this Sunday I had the opportunity to feast my eyes on The Festicle, a unique day-long food & music festival featuring a testicle cook-off and outrageously peculiar entertainment at the Half-Street Fairgrounds outside Nationals Stadium.

I was immediately entranced upon my entrance, and bewildered by the circus performers circling around me from ELECTROCUTE Performance Troupe, which included contortionists, aerial artists, and other mystifying acts.

As I made my way through the spectacle known as The Festicle, (which was kicked off with the musical stylings of the band Tennis System) I began sampling the unique culinary offerings, which were unlike any festival food that I’ve encountered. One vendor called it “elevated carnival fare”, which was an accurate description. The food options were created by  Spike’d Events, Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s new catering company and included creative delights such as sushi popcorn, chicken & waffle on a stick, and more to compliment the unique celebration. My favorite was the pork belly on a stick, which was seasoned with Togarashi, a Japanese blend spice to give it a unique and delicious flavor.

The next must-see was the midget wrestling spectacle, with the stars from the Micro Wrestling Federation who combated for our entertainment as part of the day’s celebrations. The show- down that thrilled the crowd featured fighters Freight Train, Short Dawg, Pit Bull, Ricky Benjamin, and others.

Then, the much awaited Main Event kicked off with the battle of the chefs in the fierce Testicle Cook-off. Unfortunately, Spike Mendelsohn had a conflict last minute and wasn’t able to participate. All was well though, as chefs Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground and Tim Ma of Maple Ave and Water & Wall put on a great show. The competition was fierce with the absence of Spike, since it meant they were both going head to head for the coveted 2014 Silver Scrotum Award Trophy. Ultimately, chef Erik Bruner-Yang emerged triumphant as the victor. 

My only complaint would be the logistics, as there were not enough umbrellas, and the crowd baked hotter than the testicles in the early afternoon! I’m hoping that for the next Festicle they will consider renting a tent.  All in all, I had a ball this Fall. It was a spell-bounding day, and I will definitely be back next year to watch the weirdness unfold and once again appoint myself The Belle of the Ball(s).

Update: We’re beginning to think this was the only year for this event. All Festicle social media channels have disappeared. Bummer!

Rachel Hallinan

About Rachel Hallinan

Rachel grew up by the water on Long island; thus prepping her palate for all things seafood. In addition to her appreciation for culinary delights, Rachel is very active in raising awareness for philanthropic causes and hosting fundraising events in Washington DC. Her hobbies include reading history books, writing about her social exploits in Washington, volunteering with children and veterans, and wearing ball gowns. She loves pearls, champagne, exotic cuisine, and a worthwhile cause.

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