In America, if you’re not eating something in mass quantity, you’re not really eating. This nation is all about gluttony — and that’s partly why food festivals are so popular. But everyone has different tastes, which is why some of those fests include cockroaches. And cheese! And animal testicles, for some reason. It really runs the gamut.
These are the 10 weirdest food festivals in the country:
When: November 2014
Once upon a time, a French dish went South. Originating from three members of the Chamber of Commerce who attended the Easter Omelette Festival in Bessieres, France (and were later knighted the first of Abbeville’s Chevaliers), this celebration is home to the overwhelming 5,000-egg omelette.
When: September 2014
This entomophagy event at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts over 35,000 visitors each year where they can partake in Café Insecta, a pop-up restaurant where local chefs prepare insect delicacies like Quivering Wax Worm Quiche… and amazingly sell out. This year’s theme is stinkbugs. Yum!