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When the Basque people of northern Spain immigrated to the United States in the 1800s, many of them ended up settling in Idaho. Boise holds America’s largest population of Basque Americans and is home to the world-famous Basque festival known as Jaialdi.
Jaialdi occurs once every five years and is an enormous celebration of everything the Basque people brought with them when they decided to settle in Boise: their language, music, dance, and food. Jaialdi will be here in Boise on August 28th, so save the date and Go! Be part of a festival that celebrates a unique cultural heritage found few and far between in America outside of Boise.
Until then, get to know their food and drink down at the Basque Block of Boise. On Grove St. between 6th and Capitol in downtown Boise, you can find all the richest and most delicious Basque foods, wines, sangrias, snacks, and treats you can imagine.
The best part is Paella on the Patio. Every Wednesday and Friday at noon and Thursdays at 6:00 pm, Go! watch and get an authentic dish that is cooked out on the front patio of the Basque Market.
This is a much warmer experience than most restaurants. You can take part in the hearth and home of Basque cuisine as the chef prepares the Paella out on the patio. Purchase your plate and come back outside for a friendly chat with the chef on what sangria pairs best with the Paella.
Paella on the Patio is just one of the many fun and unique Basque experiences you can have when you Go! visit the Basque Block in downtown Boise.