Our Gluten Free Haggis is made using the same high quality ingredients and traditional family recipe as our Traditional Haggis, but we use gluten free oats to create an alternative that is full of flavour. Whilst you can enjoy a traditional serve of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, why not try something different this Burns Night?
Italian twist: Try mixing through gluten free pasta for a hearty haggis mac and cheese.
Middle Eastern twist: Create spicy haggis koftas for a quick and easy evening meal.
However, Burns Night doesn’t have to mean traditional Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. Haggis is an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. Check out some of our favourites to put a twist on your Burns Night celebrations.
In a rush: Use our In A Hurry slices to create a plate of haggis nachos in under 5 minutes.
Feeding the family: Crumble our traditional haggis through lasagne to spice up this family favourite.
Meat free: Stuff our vegetarian haggis into yellow peppers for a delicious evening meal.
Whisky and haggis is often seen as the perfect match so it feels almost unpatriotic to suggest that maybe we should introduce haggis to some new friends!
Red wines are usually a good choice with many South African and Italian varieties having the right qualities to bring out the best in haggis. With beer, the dark styles match well – maybe Dark Island from Orkney or a Continental beer like Duvel. For a non-alcoholic option try crisp Bramley apple juice from specialist brands like James White.
Burns Night is a celebration of the life and works of Robert Burns. The first suppers were organised by the poet's friends, on the anniversary of his death. The first Burns Club, founded in Greenock in 1801 by Ayrshire merchants, held their first Burns supper on the anniversary of his birth in January 1802. This is the tradition that survives. And today, Burns Suppers are held throughout the world on or around the 25th January.
Burns' life and works can be celebrated in any way possible, although the traditional format is well established. His poem, 'To a Haggis' was crafted in 1786 during his first visit to Edinburgh and was originally improvised as a tongue-in-cheek, mock-heroic moment during a meal at a friend's house. It is unlikely that Burns could have realised the far-reaching consequences of that occasion. Although by no means his finest poem, it nonetheless established haggis as Scotland's national dish and secured its place as the centrepiece of every Burns supper.
It depends whether you are Scottish or English. In Scotland, a turnip (or 'neep') is a 'brassica rapa' or Swedish Turnip, so called because King Gustav III of Sweden gave some seeds to a patron and friend of Robert Burns. The same vegetable is called a swede in England, and is not to be confused with what the English call a turnip, which is much smaller and paler in colour.
To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth in 2009, more than 3,900 Burns Suppers in more than 80 countries were joined together to make the 'The World Famous Burns Supper' celebration.
Burns Suppers are popular throughout the world. Many are organised by Burns Societies in the USA and Canada, where some 8 million people claim Scottish descent. In Russia, Burns is known as the 'people's poet' and the first translation of his works sold over 600,000 copies in 1924. The former Soviet Union was the first country to honour Burns with a commemorative stamp in 1956.
Yes - the more the merrier! It doesn't have to be a grand formal affair or follow the traditional format. It may be an intimate family gathering or a celebration with friends. Any combination of Burns' poetry, songs and drink will work. You do not have to be traditional in the choice of food, although haggis must of course be the centrepiece. The great news is that Macsween makes all kinds of haggis for any number of people, from single servings to the ceremonial Chieftain. And for a Burns supper on the hoof, try our Microwaveable traditional or vegetarian haggis - they are ready in just 60 seconds!
Contrary to some people's expectations, this is not a Burns poem but a speech specially written for the occasion. So, if you've volunteered for this part of a Burns supper then you have a bit of work to do! But don't panic - it's just like a best man's speech that tells of Burns' character and achievements in an affectionate and entertaining way. You should be able to get some inspiration and ideas by having a look on the internet.
The best way is to come to Scotland and follow the Burns Trail through Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire. You can visit his birthplace, and the places where he lived and worked. There is also a new state-of-the-art museum dedicated to Robert Burns and his legacy, as well as countless books and websites.
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