John Irving's novel The Cider House Rules--a somber tale of unwanted orphans, back-room abortions, betrayal, cuckolding and incest--thankfully has only one thing in common with the upcoming fundraiser for the Oinkari Basque Dancers: cider.
Basque cider is notably sourer than its sweet and often sparkling American peers. Traditionally consumed at sagardotegi, or Basque cider houses, Basque cider is served straight from the barrel with the glass held a number of feet away from the spout. Like Bavarian beer halls, sagardotegi are loud, crowded spaces where the locals go to unwind with cider and Basque edibles, like egg omelets, cod, cheese and quince.
On Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m., the Basque Center will transform into a sagardotegi for the Ciderhouse Dinner and Auction. The fundraiser will feature all-you-can-drink Basque cider with all the requisite Basque trappings--dancing, music and lots of grub. Tickets are $50 and proceeds help send the Oinkari Basque Dancers and band Amuma Says No to Spain to showcase Boise's Basque culture.