Next Monday marks a special day in the Scottish calendar, as across the country people come together to honour the life and poetry of Robert Burns (1759-1796) in the form of celebratory music and song and the serving of traditional food, also known as Burns Suppers. Widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, the annual toast and celebrations to “Rabbie” Burns are held normally on the poet’s birthday, the 25th January, also commonly known as Burns Night.
While every Burns Supper has its different forms and traditions, they can range from ‘stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts.’ The majority of Burns Suppers, however, fall in the middle of this range and include a scotch whisky toast and a traditional meal of haggis, “tatties” (mashed potatoes) and “neeps” (mashed turnips – a Scottish turnip is an English swede).
Sadly, we can’t quite offer you your traditional haggis, neeps and tatties on BoroughBox. However, we CAN offer you a Scottish Bundle of tasty treats by Greenwich Pantry to get you in the mood for Burns Night. Check it out here.