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Food festivals are a great way to try local dishes and explore new cities. However, some locals are taking it to the next level with these crazy food festivals. Here’s a look at the six weirdest food festivals from around the world.

 

Giant Omelet Celebration

This celebration originated after Napoleon ate an omelet in Bessieres, France. He enjoyed the omelet so much that he ordered everyone to collect all of the eggs in town for the preparation of a giant omelet for his troops. Many French heritage cities, including Abbeville Louisiana, celebrates this piece of French history. Abbeville does it so big that they break 5,000 eggs for one large omelet.

BugFest

Another odd United States food festival is the BugFest held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ hosts the annual food festival and welcomes over 35,000 visitors. Local chefs prepare insect delicacies in the Cafe Insecta, a pop-up restaurant. Amazingly, the festival typically sells out.

Olney Pancake Race

Legend has it that Olney, England has hosted an annual pancake race since 1445. The wacky festival includes local female residents completing in a 400-yard dash while carrying pancakes in cast iron pans. The race has grown into an international competition, with events being held around the world on the same day. Other activities include children’s races and pancake lunches.

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling

Another unique food festival in England is held in Brockworth. This festival includes rolling a nine-pound cheese wheel down Cooper’s Hill and watching contestants try to catch it. Seems simple? Well, the cheese can reach speeds up to 70 mph, so this is no easy challenge.

Night of the Radishes

In Oaxaca Mexico, locals take part in the Night of the Radishes. Artisans carve elaborate scenes into giant radishes for competition. Since the vegetable is perishable, the handiwork is completed all within a few hours. As the festival has grown, the city has dedicated land to the growing of the giant radishes, supervising their growth and distribution to artists.

Battle of the Oranges

Ivrea, Italy hosts a three-day food fight known as the Battle of the Oranges. The food festival takes place right before Mardi Gras and includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups. Nine teams literally throw oranges at each other.

 

The world is home to many crazy and weird food festivals. These six are at the top of my list for wacky world food festivals, but there are many more to experience!

 

Hal Abramson is a food festival promoter based in Los Angeles and is always on the hunt for new events to explore. Check out his other food festival blogs or follow his travels on Twitter!