It’s time to celebrate!
Do you know Robert Burns?
If you don't, it's time you get to know him!
Turn your icy and frigid January nights into an evening of warming whiskey, comforting food, and good jokes!
Robert Burns’ birthday remains one of the more interesting celebrations of the year, especially for those who don't hail from Scotland. The event celebrates the work of the National Poet of Scotland, as well as Scottish culture and heritage. If you’re not familiar with Burns, you’ve certainly heard his most known work “Auld Lang Syne” (that song people sing/play at midnight on New Year’s).
A Burns Supper is held near or on January 25th, the birthday of Robert Burns, and the meal always includes at least a dram of whisky to toast throughout the evening. There are many toasts during the celebration, as well as poems, food, and jokes.
The night traditionally begins with the host giving a brief speech before a soup course. The main course served is Scotland’s most iconic culinary creation, haggis. It is marched in with a bagpiper and laid out on the main table. Someone then recites Burn’s “Address to a Haggis,” during which the reciter dramatically raises a knife and plunges it into the haggis, slicing it open to serve. The haggis is usually accompanied by sides of neeps (mashed rutabaga) and tatties (mashed potato).