Espelette

 © Espelette 

22 September 2021  |  Gastronomy

Fête du Piment

Espelette

 © Espelette  

Espelette is a small village in the heart of the Basque Country. Espelette is famous for its famous Espelette pepper.

Espelette

 © Espelette 

The Chilli Pepper Festival in October has become one of the great festivals of the Basque Country. Every year, Espelette pepper is in the spotlight on the last weekend of October. This colourful festival is an unmissable gourmet event in the Basque Country. In a picturesque setting, in the heart of the mountains and hills, the facades of traditional red and green half-timbered houses proudly display strings of fresh bunches of red chilli peppers which dry in the sun.

Espelette

 © Espelette 

Some key moments of the Festival:

- All day, sale of peppers and regional products and Festival of bandas in the streets. - Concert with the Ezpeletan Kantuz men's choir - Saint-Etienne church - Dinner concert with musical entertainment. - Solemn mass with the choir of Espelette, blessing of peppers. - Parade of brotherhoods in the streets. - Induction ceremony, "Chilli Pepper Award 2021". - Aperitif-concert in all the bars of the village.

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