Ever Heard of the Kampala Rolex Festival?

Tourism is big business throughout the world. People spend billions of dollars each year traveling far and near to experience exotic places, festivals, music, culture, and foods. But have you ever heard of the Rolex Festival? No its not a festival of famous, expensive watches reserved for the rich and famous. It is a native food from the East African country of Uganda. Locals believe it is one of the best and fastest food you can easily get from anywhere in Uganda. Oftentimes, tourists overlook local cuisine, but some can't miss this delicious, and very popular Ugandan delicacy called the Rolex.

Uganda’s Famous Food, Rolex

Similar to a vegetable omelet, it is typically comprised of cabbage, tomatoes, onions, cooked with eggs, and rolled into an unleavened flatbread called a chapati. It is said that Rolex is derived from "rolled eggs". The chapati, originating from India, is a popular item in East Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. CNN at one time ranked Uganda's Rolex as the fastest growing new African fast food and later got acclamation from other news outlets the BBC and CGTN. Last year's edition of the Rolex festival, which happened in August, attracted hundreds of Ugandans and international visitors. It was an event of color, fashion, entertainment, and culinary diversity, feasting on different tastes of the famous Rolex.

In Uganda, the Rolex delicacy is celebrated through its famous event known as "the Kampala Rolex festival. The festival is features plenty of other snacks and a variety of beverages. The festival is accompanied by all sorts of  fun and entertainment, including music from the best musicians in the country, games and raffle draws. According to an article https://mbu.ug/2019/06/12/the-fourth-edition-of-the-rolex-festival-successfully-launched-photos/amp/, “the Rolex Festival is an initiative headed by Enid Mirembe, Miss Tourism Busoga 2015-2016, in support of the dream to promote Rolex as the designation meal for Uganda.“

The event, which began in 2015, was awarded "Food Event of the Year" in the 2019 Ekkula Awards for tourism. The Rolex festival normally takes  place at the Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala, Uganda. It is worth attending on your Uganda or Kampala safari because it's highly anticipated to be a tourist attraction event. The Uganda Tourism Board, and the Ministry of Tourism have already thrown their weight behind the event. The Rolex, which takes almost 5 minutes to prepare, can be found at road side stalls across the country.

For more information on the Kampala Rolex Festival, call +256-758-939031 or write Cricket Oval, P.O. Box 34874, Kampala, Uganda. Also, please check out visitkampala.net to check out this event and other attractions while visiting Uganda.

For those who cannot make the trip to Uganda and enjoy the Rolex and the Rolex Festival, don't worry, here's an easy recipe for you to try at home.


by Mulunga


2 Eggs

1/4 Cup Tomatoes

1/4 Cup Onions

1 Bunch of Cilantro

1 Cooked Chapati

2 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil


- Break the eggs and whisk them well

- Add salt. Mix

- In the same bowl, add the chopped onions

- Next add the chopped tomatoes

- Pour in the finely chopped cilantro

- Add a spice or dried herb if desired

- Whisk the mixture together until the eggs and the vegetables are well incorporated

-Heat the pan. Add the vegetable oil. Pour the egg mixture into the pan

- Let the egg cook until it starts to set and become firm. (About 5 Mins)

- Cook until the egg starts to brown. Carefully flip the omelet, and let the second side cook as well.

- Place the chapati on top of the omelet when the egg is almost done.

- Remove from heat and place on plate.

- Start to firmly roll the chapati over the omelet. The omelet should be slightly longer than the chapati

- Continue to roll until done.

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