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gateau basque

The Basque Country is a completely unique part of France,
with its own vibrant culture, way of life and cuisine. One of the best things
about this hybrid of French and Spanish lifestyles has to be the food, with one
of the most famous products to come out of the Basque Country being the Gateau
Basque (Basque cake).

The Gateau Basque dates back as far as the 18th
century, when it was first invented by sisters Elizabeth and Anne Dibar.
Typically, the Gateau Basque consists of layers of wheat flour-based sponge and
then a filling of preserved cherries, vanilla pastry cream or almond pastry
cream (also known as frangipane).

This simple dessert has become such a popular symbol of
Basque culture and such a staple of the local cuisine that even a festival is
held every year in its honour: the Fete du Gateau Basque. The Fete du Gateau
Basque takes place in the village of Cambo-les-Bains annually on the first
Sunday of October, with this year’s event happening on October 2. More than
13,000 people flock to the otherwise quiet village annually to join in with the
celebrations, which include stalls, tastings and workshops and how to master
baking the Gateau Basque.

If you’re staying at our
luxury Biarritz villas during the festival, it’s a highly recommended visit,
with the village of Cambo-les-Bains just a short distance inland from the coastal
resort of Biarritz.

Image: Merle ja Joonas,
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