When: 1st & 2nd November 2014 Where: Abbeville, Louisiana, USA
You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, right? And if you use the logic that the more eggs you use, the better the omelette, then the omelette made annually at Abbeville’s Giant Omelette Festival must definitely top the list- it consists of all of 5,000 eggs!
History of Giant Omelette
A tribute to Abbeville’s French connection, the Giant Omelette Festival has its roots in the French town of Bessieres, where Napoleon (on the march with his army in tow) once stopped for the night and ate an omelette he enjoyed so much that the next morning he ordered all the eggs in the town to be made into a giant omelette for his troops to feast on. Here on, omelette became traditional feast for the local people especially on Easter. It also became a symbol of friendship, world-wide fraternity and traditional and cultural exchange - known as Confrerie (Brotherhood of the World).
Abbeville's "5000 Egg" Omelette
The "5000 Egg" Giant Omelette festival in Abbeville is an international event and the celebrations are like no other festival. Held in the town's Magdalen Square, the festival is devoted completely to Abbeville's Cajun heritage- street stalls sell local art and handicraft, there's plenty of live entertainment with music and dance, lots of revelry and good authentic food- and the omelette, of course. Some more celebration highlights in Abbeville, Louisiana are Walk for Charity, "Egg Cracking" Competition, Poker Run and Antique Car Show. The lead-up to the actual making of the omelette is over two days, between 10 am and 5 pm, while the omelette itself is made at 2 pm on the second day.
The actual making of the celebrated omelette begins only after a ceremonial mass is held in the St Mary Magdalen Catholic Church; this is followed by a grand procession to the Giant 12 foot skillet where the eggs are carried- and at the end of which the omelette itself is made, in a giant frying pan, using huge 6-ft paddles. This pièce de resistance is made up of all of 5,000 eggs, 52 lbs of butter, 50 lbs of onions, 4 gallons of chopped green onions, Louisiana Crawfish tails, spices, Tabasco pepper sauce, and more. Abbeville Omelette has a flavour all its own! It takes a while to cook, and the end result is more like scrambled eggs than a true omelette- but who cares? It delicious anyway!
World Wide Celebration of Omelette
Each year Giant Omelette Festivals is celebrated around the world in 7 different places - Bessieres & Frejus (France), Dumbea, New Caledonia, Quebec (Canada) Malmedy (Belgium) and Pigue (Argentina). Each Omlette city adds one ingredient in their omelette which is local to their region. In Abbeville two ingredients are added in the omelette that are Louisiana Crawfish and Tabasco.
Did you know?
Every year the Abbeville's Giant Omelette grows, along with the friendship between the participating countries. As every year one egg is added to the "5000 Egg Omelette", so this year in 2014 the Giant Omelette will be made with "5028 eggs"!
The Omelette is distributed for free to everyone who's around!
How to get to Abbeville, South Louisiana
Abbeville is located in the heart of Cajun country, just a few minutes to the Gulf coast. It is easy to get to the festival from Lafayette and I-10 in the north and New Iberia and I-49 located in the east. The closest airport is the Lafayette Regional which is situated within a 40 minutes drive.
Giant Omelette Festival 2014 Dates: 2nd & 3rd November 2014
For more information on USA Tourism Guide