Jul. 29, 2015

Jaialdi 2015 Guide

by Admin

Jaialdi 2015 is here! The six-day festival includes traditional sports, dancing, music, food and drinks and much more.  Check the schedule and starting planning for one of the largest Basque festivals in the world. 

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Jul. 30, 2015

Jaialdi Street Dance

Jaialdi 2015, Boise Idaho (street festival at the Boise Basque Block)

Aug. 6, 2015

For Basques from Spain, Boise’s Jaialdi is ‘really important for us’

Arrieta is a small, rural town of 570 residents in the Bizkaia province of the Basque Country in Spain, about 15 miles northeast of Bilbao and roughly halfway between Mungia and Gernika. Last week, a dozen of its residents were finishing lunch at Fresh off the Hook in Boise’s Bodo district. More from Arrieta were expected this weekend for the end of Jaialdi. The Arrieta group arrived Monday and has been, quite obviously, having a ball. They were ecstatic to be attending the Jaialdi Festival, noting that it is extremely important how the people in Boise keep this tradition, this sense of community. 


Jul. 29, 2015

Video: Leku Ona Prepares for Big Basque Bash

Leku Ona readies for Jaialdi

Jul. 27, 2015

Idaho festival celebrates Basque culture, history

With more than 300 pounds of chorizo sitting in her freezer and 5,000 portions of Basque-style paella prepared in advance, Tara McElhose-Eiguren says she's finally running out of space in her kitchen in anticipation of helping feed those attending the traditional Jaialdi festival in southwestern Idaho. "We've been cooking since last week," said the co-owner of the Basque Market, which sits next to the small brick building that sheltered some of the first Basque sheepherders in Idaho during the early 1900s. 

An estimated 35,000 to 50,000 people are expected to attend the five-day party as a showcase of the culture beginning Tuesday in Boise. Many of those celebrating will hit Boise's so-called "Basque Block," full of bars and restaurants where Basque descendants congregate for weddings and the annual San Inazio Basque Festival.