History of the Giant Omelette

According to legend, when Napoleon and his army were traveling through the south of France, they decided to rest for the night near the town of Bessieres. Napoleon feasted on an omelette prepared by a local innkeeper which was such a culinary delight that he ordered the townspeople to gather all the eggs in the village and to prepare a huge omelette for his army the next day.

From this beginning, the omelette became a tradition to feed the poor of the village at Easter. It has also become the symbol of a world-wide fraternity, rich in friendship, tradition and cultural exchange, known as the Confrerie.
Abbeville's Joining of the Confrerie

In 1984, three members of the Chamber of Commerce (Emery "Bichon" Toups, Tracy Kays, and Sheri Meaux) attended the Easter Omelette Festival in Bessieres, France and were later knighted the first of Abbeville's Chevaliers. They returned home with the determination to bring Abbeville closer to its French Heritage by hosting an omelette festival and joining the sisterhood of cities who celebrate the omelette - Bessieres, France; Frejus, France; Dumbea, New Caledonia; and Granby, Quebec in Canada. Malmedy, Belgium and Pigue, Argentina later joined the fraternity, bringing the number making seven locations to celebrate this festival annually. Abbeville's Giant Omelette is truly an international festival.

Each year, foreign representatives from each of these cities arrive here to be knighted as chevaliers (chefs) into Abbeville's Confrerie (fraternity). Beneath majestic moss-covered live oak trees in historic Magadalen Square, they help to prepare the 5000 egg Giant Cajun Omelette. They also come to experience the area's joie de vivre, to share its rich culture, to meet and mingle with its people, and to make memories and friendships which last a lifetime. The omelette is then given away freely to all in attendance.

Come join in our Celebration and become closer to our French heritage through the cooking of the "Omelette of Friendship".


Celebration Highlights

Saturday, November 5th

Walk for Charity

Tour of Homes (2011 Tour of Homes cancelled)

Juried Art Show

Food Vendors

Live Entertainment

Kid's World

Antique Implement Show

Antique Tractor "Egg Cracking" Competition

Sunday, November 6th
Official Mass

Poker Run

Juried Art Show

Food Vendors

Antique Car/Implement Show

Live Entertainment

Procession of Chefs

Petite Omelette Cooking

Giant "5000 Egg" Omelette CookingFuture Omelette Dates

Nov. 5th & 6th, 2011
Nov. 3rd & 4th, 2012
Nov. 2nd & 3rd, 2013

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