Waiting for Saint Thomas

Tomorrow is the Saint Thomas’ Day market. A very special date in the Basque Country, especially in cities such as Bilbao, Mondragón and Donostia – San Sebastián. There is a very popular market in our town with fruits, vegetables and even cattle.

Nowadays most of the locals wear traditional costumes which the farmers, in the old days, used to wear to come to the city to sell their products. A tribute to those people who lived in the countryside and the mountains.

One of those people is our Olentzero. The Basque competition of Santa Claus. A coal-man who comes down from the great peaks to bring gifts to the little ones of the house during Christmas Eve.

This day, many of the locals who live outside the Basque Country, return home to celebrate the holidays with their families. That’s why in the market we see lots of hugs. Old friends’ reunions, tons of places to eat txistorra (similar to a fresh chorizo made of pork, very thin and long) wrapped in a talo (a cake made with cornmeal); accompanied with some delicious cider.

We know a place where they serve a succulent crispy  txistorra, with a fine toasted talo … mouth-watering!. A modest food stand that prepares everything with a lot of love. We call it the power of simplicity. You will see it in the smile of our guests, the magic of hugs, the warmth of Christmas …


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