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How to celebrate Burns Night at home

Planning to celebrate Burns Night this year? Although celebrations will be different to usual, there are many local businesses to support and virtual events taking place. From takeaway Burns Suppers to online concerts, you can still enjoy the traditions and celebrate the famous bard at home. 

Food & Drink

There’s no Burns Night celebration without the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties.

There are a variety of local suppliers selling all you need for a Burns Supper, making it easy to support local while enjoying your dinner. Local food blogger Foodie Quine has recipes for some unusual twists on haggis, neeps and tatties on her blog.

Local butchers including HS Milne & Sons and Butcher at the Brig are great places to get quality meat including haggis.  

Get your neeps and tatties, along with other vegetables, delivered straight to your door, all while supporting vulnerable people in the community, with Cfine’s Vegaroonitoon boxes. The Artisan Grower, Bridgefoot Organic Co-op and The Green Grocer all offer locally-sourced vegetable boxes that can be delivered straight to your door.

Scotland’s known for its whisky, and there are many distilleries situated in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, including Glen Garioch Distillery, Deeside Distillery and Fettercairn Distillery. Stocking local whisky and with free delivery, Aberdeen Whisky Shop is another great way to support local businesses.

If you want to sit back, relax and let someone else do the cooking, why not get a takeaway Burns Supper? Aberdeen-based businesses including Watermelon Catering, 210 Bistro, Eat on the Green, Roots Catering and Parx Café are all either offering delicious Burns Suppers or Burns-themed Afternoon Teas to take away, with some offering ‘heat and eat’ versions too.

Virtual Events

Virtual events have become a norm in many aspects of our lives, and they are a great way to bring people together.

The National Trust for Scotland has launched the Big Burns Night In, which is being held on Saturday (23 January). Hosted by Edith Bowman and with music from Scottish band Talisk, the event will also include a cocktail masterclass from The Glenlivet, insights into Robert Burns, and special guests to bring a modern twist to Scottish traditions.

Haggis specialists Macsween Haggis is hosting what aims to be the largest online Burns Supper. With Managing Director James Macsween, Scottish comedian Karen Dunbar and Benriach Master Blender Dr Rachel Barrie, the celebration is guaranteed to be an enjoyable occasion. The event will be hosted live on Macsween’s Facebook page from 7pm on 25 January.

Whatever you do this Burns Night, we hope you enjoy! We’d love to hear how you celebrated, so please share your pictures with us on the Grandhome Facebook page.

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