French Omelette made with 15,000 Eggs!

images (1)In the town of Bessières, all of the chefs come out on Easter Monday to make a gigantic omelet with 15,000 eggs! They’ve been making huge omelets every year since 1972.

Gargantua_a_tablePeople call it the "Omelette of Gargantua". Gargantua is a giant from a novel by François Rabelais in the 16th century.

The event is called the Easter Omelet Festival. Everyone from the town is invited to eat the omelet for free.

Legend has it that early in the 19th century, Napoleon and his army stayed overnight in the town of Bessières. He ate a magnificent omelette at the inn. It was so good that he ordered the townspeople to gather all the eggs in the town to prepare a giant omelet for his army. It’s said that this started the French tradition of eating Easter omelettes.

Since then, the people of Bessières have made omelets every year to feed the poor. In 1973, they started making one giant omelet for the whole town. The tradition has spread to other countries.

In the video below, that’s in French, you can see images of the Easter Omelet Festival…


Mama Lisa

Image 1: Gargantua à Table (19 c.)
Image 2: YouTube

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One Response to “French Omelette made with 15,000 Eggs!”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Monique wrote from France, “I have the impression that this kind of thing started when The Guinness World’s Records was printed in French and many wanted to cook the biggest omelette, the biggest paella etc.”

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