Basque gastronomic societies are like private foodie clubs.
They offer the ability to not only get to know the cuisine of the land, but also to actively participate in the customs of your company, good food and good drink.
Your local host will introduce you to this culinary world and help you become a cofrade, or society member, for the day. You will begin with a visit to the most traditional food market in San Sebastian where the stands of fresh fish sparkle like jewelry counters, and the gorgeous fresh produce will whet your appetite. We will then continue to the sociedad gastronomica, located at the foot of Mount Urgull, in the heart of the old part of town. Here, one of the members will tell you all about the society and invite you to join him in the preparation of traditional Basque cuisine. Once you’re an expert chef, you will sample your efforts during lunch with the other members. Being able to witness what goes on in one of these societies is a once in a lifetime experience, and for a visitor to participate in the cooking, unheard of! After a day like this, you are no longer a foreigner, but a bona fide adopted Basque.