Topa! Dig into Nevada’s Basque Culture
Whether it’s a Picon [PEE-khan] punch or a generous family-style Basque feast, if you tour Nevada, you’re bound to encounter the Nevada rite of passage that is this regional cuisine—and the culture that crafted it. The Basques (pronounced BASKS) are a hearty, welcoming and vibrant people from a region on the northern border between Spain and France. Emigrating to Nevada first for gold in the 19th century, and then again later to put their sheepherding skills to use in northern Nevada’s rugged mountainous terrain, Nevada’s Basques intertwined their unique culture with other influences that would shape the region, putting their distinct stamp on Nevada’s personality that still thrives today.