Every year the people of Scotland celebrate Burns Night; an evening commemorating the life of the poet Robert Burns (January 25 1759 – July 21 1796). Even if you are unfamiliar with the Scottish poet, you are bound to know of his poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’. That’s right, the song we sing as the bells ring in a new year was written by Burns.
Burns Night events have been happening since 1801, just five years after the poet died in 1796. The first Burns Night was held when his friends gathered together to mark the anniversary of the great man’s death. It was then decided that a feast would be held every year in his honour. It’s a fantastic reason for friends and families to get together, eat, drink, and of course read the poetry of Scotland’s National Bard.
Following on from last year’s sell out Burns supper, we’ve partnered again with Wedgwood the Restaurant to create an evening filled to the brim with poetry, history, and the best locally sourced produce. The talented team at Wedgwood have created a delicious menu showcasing the best in Scottish cuisine.
Guests will be treated a three course meal and a recital of Burns poetry, before being escorted to The Real Mary King’s Close for a Burns inspired guided tour of the uniquely preserved streets and spaces underneath Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. The evening will finish with a dram of whisky in the beautiful Burgh Courtroom, where guests can raise a glass to Scotland’s favourite son.
When: 25 and 26 January 2019
There are many traditions associated with Burns Night, including poetry readings and dancing (or a ‘ceilidh’) but they usually involve a delicious meal (known as a Burns Supper) and a dram or two of whisky. A Burns Supper is usually made up of haggis, accompanied with mashed neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) in a whisky sauce. Oh, and don’t forget the ‘Selkirk Grace’:
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.