An ode to ham.
Since as far back as 1462, Bayonne has been a gathering spot for food producers. The Bayonne Ham Fair is a yearly market featuring some of the best products from the region: Bayonne ham is evidently on the menu, but there will be plenty of other local specialities, including hot peppers from Espelette, foie gras, oysters, Basque cakes and spices from further afield. You will also find Irouleguy wine, taloas (Basque corn cakes) and piperade (a blend of fried peppers, onions and tomatoes) to try here.
Bayonne ham is made throughout the south-west regions, yet it is named Bayonne ham as it was from the city's port that the product was shipped throughout Europe. This major fair is more than a market, it is a festive celebration! There will even be a "guess the weight of the ham" competition, and the winner can go home with a supreme quality jambon de Bayonne.