BLACK PUDDING FESTIVAL

Come and taste the best black pudding in the Basque Country

and the surrounding areas!

ELORRIO BLACK PUDDING

In Elorrio the Basque word buzkantza describes a large, heavy black pudding made with vegetables stuffed into a sausage skin. These puddings were made for home consumption and carried as gifts on visits to neighbours, who in turn gave visitors some of their own to take home. It is usually eaten sliced and fried.

On 9 December Elorrio holds its black pudding contest. Anyone visiting the town on that date has the chance to taste the top four candidates shortlisted by the jury and vote for their favourite.

 

This day also gives visitors an opportunity to see the inside of Elorrio’s gastronomic societies, known as txokos. For the rest of the year these societies are open only to members and their guests, so only a lucky few have the chance to visit them. Don’t miss it!

 

 

BLACK PUDDING CONTEST

9 December: black pudding contest and fair for local businesses. 

 

Jury prize: best black pudding and three runners up.

People’s jury prize: the public have the chance to sample the final four (shortlisted for the prize by the specialist jury) at the town’s gastronomic societies (a different black pudding at each venue) and vote for their favourite.

 

But that is not all: there is also a contest for the best black-pudding based bar snack or pintxo that you can also take part in. Depending on how the holiday weekend falls this may last up to 3 days.

 

 

PINTXOBIRA: BLACK-PUDDING BASED PINTXO TOUR

8, 9 December: black pudding pintxo tour for the bars and restaurants of Elorrio.  Sampling takes place at the contesting establishments.

 

9 December: craft and local product fair in the morning.

 

BUTCHERS IN ELORRIO

If you can’t make it to Elorrio during the December holiday weekend don’t worry: you can still buy local black pudding to take home and enjoy at these two butchers’ shops:

 

Carnicería Patxi Aramberri. 

Berrio-Otxoa 37 - 946 820 286

Anduetxa z/g - 946 820 143

Opening hours: closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.

Closed in the afternoons from June to September.

 

Carnicería Akebaso. 

Kanpokale 2 - 946 820 083

Opening hours: closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.

Closed in the afternoons from June to September.

Carnicería Urizar.

Labakua 8 - 946 822 402

Opening hours: closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.

Closed in the afternoons from June to September.

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DID YOU KNOW...?

There is a popular saying about the size of the typical black pudding of Elorrio:

"Elorrioko buzkantza zazpi libra eta bost ontza (3,5kg)"

"Elorrio black pudding: seven pounds and five ounces (3.5 kg)"

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