- January 25th 2017
Burns night is a time to celebrate the life and work of the national Bard, Robert Burns. Suppers can range from a gathering of friends to a formal dinner.
Robert Burns is the best loved Scottish poet, admired not only for his verse and great love-songs, but also for his character, high spirits and hard drinking. He came to fame as a poet when he was 27 years old, and his lifestyle of wine, women and song made him famous not only Scotland wide but much further afield too.
Held on the anniversary of Burn’s birth, the celebrations were originally started by some of his closest friends a few years after his death and now Burns Night is celebrated across the world.
Burn’s popularity grew rapidly after his untimely death and the idea of meeting annually to share his poems and songs in the bonds of friendship caught the public's imagination.
Burns night calls for a piper to welcome guests. If you don’t want all that baggage, some traditional music will do nicely.
Essential burns supper ingredients:
- Haggis (vegetarian options should be available)
- Mashed neeps & tatties (turnips/swedes and potatoes)
- A wee dram of whisky
- Traditional Scottish music
- Speakers & entertainers
- Clootie Dumpling (pudding prepared in linen cloth) or a Typsy Laird (Scottish sherry trifle)
- To end a Cheeseboard (of course)
With a little bit of planning, all that’s needed is a place to gather, plenty of haggis, friendly celebrants, and a scotch drink to keep you warm.
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