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How to host a successful Burns Night!

By Armorel, owner of Armadeli

Celebrated worldwide every year on the 25th January, Burns Night is a Scottish tradition marking the birthday of the great Scottish poet and writer, Robert Burns.

Robert Burns, or Rabbie Burns as he is affectionately known, came from humble beginnings and was a farm labourer. Born in 1759, his education was irregular however he did attend school and was fortunate to be able to study French, Latin and Grammar.

He began writing poetry from the age of 15 and is renowned for his poetry written in light Scots dialect and his adaptations of folk songs. Most famous of his songs and poems is Auld Lang Syne which is sung at Hogmanay or New Years Eve.

The Bard is commemorated with Burns Suppers, the first of which was held by a group of his friends a few years after his death. The supper will traditionally begin with a welcome and recital of the Selkirk Grace. A haggis will then be piped into the dining room and Burn’s famous “Address to a Haggis” is read and the haggis cut open with dramatic effect.

The supper ends with toasts (ideally with a wee dram of Whisky!) including a “Toast to the Lassies” and a toast to “the Immortal memory” of Robert Burns. The evening concludes with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

Why not hold your own version of a Burns Night Supper this January! Menu ideas don’t have to be rigid, you could start off with a Cock-a-Leekie Soup, a Cullen Skink (Haddock and Potato Soup) or Scottish Smoked Salmon or Mussels.

If the idea of haggis is too much then maybe an Aberdeen Angus Beef Roast or Side of Scottish Salmon. Neeps and Tatties are a definite must have!

Dessert is traditionally Cranachan which is a creamy pudding made with fresh raspberries, cream, oatmeal and whisky, or you could serve up a Scottish cheeseboard, treating your guest to Morangie Brie, Isle of Mull Cheddar and Strathdon Blue accompanied by oatcakes.

Here at Five Valleys Market we have plenty of products to inspire you, from fresh Scottish fish, swede and potatoes and large haggis at Knights Seafood, Grocer and Butchers. The market also provides gluten free options with venison and traditional smaller haggis available from Armadeli along with an array of Scottish cheese and cheese biscuits and of course Scotch Whisky!