Tourism chiefs in Serbia are hoping their annual testicle cooking festival will do for the region what whiskey has done for Scotland.
The annual Testicle Cooking World Championship in Ozrem takes place for the 8th time this year and is open to cooks from anywhere in the world.
Dishes, claimed to have aphrodisiac qualities, include the testicles of many animals including bull, wild boar, horse, shark, ostrich, kangaroo, donkey, turkey, goat, reindeer and elk.
Organisers confess that they rarely get any chefs from abroad – but they are hoping that the festival will begin to attract international visitors to sample the dishes.
The festival organiser Mr Ivo Mokovich says “the importance of a recognisable brand to sell a region cannot be underestimated – look at how many people go to Scotland because of the whiskey or how many people know Switzerland because of their fine cheeses and chocolate products.
“We are now hoping that the numerous famous and varied testicle dishes that we have created in the region will become world famous and attract people who appreciate good food from all over the world.”
The testicle cooking contest takes place in August with elimination heats over three days leading through to the final.
Mr Mokovich added: “This year the theme is let your imagination run free – we have allowed the entrants to submit dishes using any kind of testicles that they want – large or small – and we’re looking forward to seeing what the expert Serbian testicle cooks come up with.”