I am a bit of a Heinz 57 when it comes to heritage a little Irish, French, quarter Norwegian and quarter Basque. My grandmother is full French Basque and I remember her speaking it when I was little. Euskera is a hard language to learn as it is one of the oldest languages. The Basque region spans the border of Spain and France along the Pyrenees on the Atlantic coast and has a long history of fighting to separate from Spain and France and become their own country.
Why do I bring this up? Well Reno has a very rich Basque history. The University of Nevada, Reno has the largest collection of Basque materials outside of the Basque country and Reno has the largest concentration of Basque decedents in America.
Traditional Basque dining is family style which can be experienced at two of theareas restaurants, Louis Basque Corner and Santa Fe Basque Restaurant. They have great food including steak, ox tail stew, sweatbreads, lamb and more.
Reno is also home to the Zazpiak Bat Basque Club. The club puts on the Annual Reno Basque Festival, this year will be it’s 38th year and will be held on July 21, 2012. Make sure to check it out, there will be traditional food (delish pork and pimiento sandwiches and Basque style chorizo), music and dancing. There are also competitions in traditional weight carrying, wood chopping, war cry and there will also be cooking tips and games for kids.