Sample a staple of the Basque Country at the Fete du Gateau Basque

30th September, 2016
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 yearís 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 youíre staying at our luxury Biarritz villas during the festival, itís a highly recommended visit, with the village of Cambo-les-Bains just a short distance inland from the coastal resort of Biarritz.

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