September 19-20, 2014!!!
Tickets available at the gate
Kids 12 & under FREE!
Cattlelacs Chainsaw Art Gallery
12301 Lowden Ln
Manchaca, TX 78652
About Manchaca & Cattlelacs
Manchaca (pronounced Man-chak) lies just south of the Austin city limits, the live music capital of the world. Doug Moreland came to Manchaca in December 1999 and setup carving on his grandmother Moreland’s property, a former cotton field once farmed by her grandfather Fritz Wirth. In 2002, she graciously allowed him to build his workshop and office here. He built it himself with the help of a few friends; Billy Applegate, Bubba Daniel, and the Pretty Miss Suzan. The grand opening of “Cattlelacs” took place in June 2003 as the 1st Annual Cattlelacs Calfry!
1st place awards in each category receive ... TBA
- Best Calf Fries
- Best Sauce / Salsa
- Wild Game
Grand Champion and Reserve Champion: overall point winner, receives custom chainsaw carving and ... TBA
Cookoff Team Registration
$300 per team
Contact Doug with questions or requests. firstname.lastname@example.org
(for team registration details, please see
"Sponsor Opportunities" above)
(view our commercial for this year and previous years! videos by Tim Severson)
A Traditional, Western-Swing Dance in Austin!
Sounds strange, but true - this just doesn't happen very often in Austin! We've got some REAL TEXAS LEGENDS playing a good old fashioned dance in south Austin at this year's Calfry!!! It's Johnny Bush, Darrell McCall, Jason Roberts, and Emily Herring & The Farm To Market Band on Friday night (Sept 19).
We'll have a real dance floor, and even a huge tent for cover as we expect the annual downpour! It's a Rain Dance!!! Emceed by Tracy Pitcox of the Hillbilly Hits Radioshow, Heart of Texas Music Association & Heart of Texas Records.
Saturday night (Sept 20) the dancin' continues with rockabilly, bluegrass, honky-tonk, cowboy, and more western swing! See the lineup below. We're so excited!!!
Doug Moreland assembles his favorite bands to bring you the best musical event of the year!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
We'll save our usual Tuesday potluck pickin for Thursday night, with a songwriter showcase hosted by Stoney Gabel. (potluck 7:30pm, music 9pm, free show, BYOB)
Friday, September 19, 2014
9am-3pm -- chainsaw carving demos
7pm -- Emily Herring
8pm -- Jason Roberts
9pm -- Darrell McCall
10:15pm -- Johnny Bush
Saturday, September 20, 2014
9am - 3pm -- chainsaw carving demos
5pm -- chainsaw carvers auction (round 1)
5:30pm -- Deuce Coupe
6:30pm -- Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars
7:30pm -- chainsaw carvers auction (round 2)
8pm -- The Possum Posse
9pm -- cookoff awards
9:15pm -- Heybale!
10:30pm -- Doug Moreland & Flying Armadillos
Music ends by midnight.
Chainsaw carvings available for sale by participating artists throughout the event! Special pieces carved on site will be auctioned off by a live auctioneer on Saturday.
Cookoff teams provide calf fries and other foods to attendees all evening on Saturday. A food vendor will also be selling food and drinks on Friday and Saturday. Sorry, no outside drinks may be brought in. (Thursday night is BYOB though.) And you may bring your own lawn chairs!
About Cattlelacs Calfry
The first Cattlelacs Calfry in June 2003 marked the Grand Opening of Doug Moreland’s newly built workshop in Manchaca Texas, and the official joining of his two passions, music and wood carving. Easily he lined up the afternoon’s entertainment with good-hearted musician friends Ryan Bingham, Dub Miller, Matt Skinner, Frank NeVille, and Kevin Fowler. Then to make it a full-fledged shindig, food had to be served, and Doug jumped at the offer of a large supply of either crawfish, or calf testicles, the obviously perfect choice being the latter!
The first few years progressed as an informal party for friends and neighbors with free food, drinks, and song. As each event grew, Doug decided it really needed to become a cookoff, complete with celebrity judges, custom-made chainsaw carving prizes, and an official stage to present his tasteful flavor of musical entertainment.
This year’s 12th annual Cattlelacs Calfry features Texas legends Johnny Bush, Darrell McCall, Jason Roberts, Emily Herring, along with Doug’s good friends The Possum Posse, Deuce Coupe, Glenn Moreland, Gil Prather, Tessy Lou, Heybale!, and Doug's own Flying Armadillos; plus a Texas calfry cookoff; and again this year, a chainsaw carvers exhibition and live auction!
Wikipedia: Rocky Mountain oysters
Rocky Mountain oysters, prairie oysters, cowboy caviar, Montana tendergroin, dusted nuts, bull fries, or swinging beef are North American culinary names given to buffalo, boar or bull testicles. During the spring or fall roundup, cowboys rope all the calves, brand them and neuter all the males. Since only one bull of special breeding is needed for further reproduction among a herd, and calves lacking testosterone produce more tender beef, the practice of castration results in an opportune novelty dish. They are usually peeled, coated in flour, pepper and salt, sometimes pounded flat, then deep-fried. This delicacy is most often served as an appetizer, with a cocktail sauce dip.
In Western Canada, the preferred name is "prairie oysters", where they may be served in a demi-glace, not deep-fried. In Oklahoma and North Texas, they are sometimes called calf fries but only if taken from very young bulls. In many parts of Mexico they are referred to as “criadillas” and are colloquially referred to as huevos del toro (literally “bull’s eggs”, but huevos is also Spanish slang for testicles) in Central & South America. Rocky Mountain oysters are sometimes confused with lamb fries or animelles (lamb testicles), which are served in a similar manner. Boar (hog) testicles are served in some Midwest areas such as in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. In other countries, testicles are known as sweet meats.