San Inazio Festival featuring Sockeye Brewing
The San Inazio Festival is an annual festival to pay homage to St. Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint of the Basques. During this long weekend, the Basque Block in downtown Boise becomes a cultural hub where people come together to celebrate all things Basque. Music, dancing, food, and even traditional Basque sports are all part of the fun! No state in the Union is more associated with the Basque phenomenon than Idaho. The old Basque Country, a region that straddles parts of north-central Spain and south-western France, was rich with fisherman who chose to leave their country for new beginnings during a time of trouble and strife much like the pioneers who had already began to settle the western United States. The life of solitude for a fisherman translated well to the life of a shepherd, and during the same time Idaho achieved statehood in 1890, the first Basques arrived to fill those roles along the hills and mountains throughout our state. Idaho still celebrates the running of sheep in many communities, and the Basque immigrants play a very important role in our history and current community here. Today, they are an integral part of the social fabric, especially in Boise. Sockeye Brewing is proud to celebrate all things Basque in Boise this weekend, and the list of activities is long! Come down and enjoy a dish of Paella or some other authentic cuisine, along with an Angel’s Perch Amber, a Hell Diver Pale Ale, or a Dagger Falls IPA and let’s celebrate together!